Coronavirus (COVID-19): countries and territories exemptions

You may not have to self-isolate when you arrive in Northern Ireland, if you are returning from certain countries or territories. These locations are outlined below.

General travel advice

General information relating to travel advice to and from Northern Ireland, including when you need to self-isolate,  is available on the following page:

Southern African and South American countries and Portugal

If you arrive in Northern Ireland having been in South Africa, or one of the following countries:

  • Namibia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Botswana
  • Eswatini
  • Zambia
  • Malawi
  • Lesotho
  • Mozambique
  • Angola
  • Mauritius
  • Seychelles
  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • French Guiana
  • Guyana
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Portugal
  • Suriname
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

Or have transited through any of these countries in the previous 14 days, you must complete a UK passenger locator form and self-isolate for 10 days along with members of your household.

There are no exemptions from the requirements to self-isolate or to complete the passenger locator form.

Denmark

A variant strain of Coronavirus has led to a number of outbreaks of  Covid-19 in mink farms in Denmark. There has been some limited overspill into local communities in Denmark. As a precaution, the Danish Government has ordered a widespread cull of mink across the country.

If you have returned from Denmark and start to develop Covid-19 symptoms, you should contact your GP or local hospital. Make sure you tell them you have been in Denmark within the last 10 days.

If you need a Covid test the health service will arrange this. Given the changing situation it is preferable that in this instance your test would be done through the health service locally. You will not need to book a test for yourself.

If you are contacting any part of the health service for any other medical reason, you must also inform them you have been in Denmark within the last 10 days. If you are due to have a planned out-patient review or you are due to attend for non-urgent elective or planned care in the 10 days following your return from Denmark you should contact the service in question, as you will need to complete your 10 days of self-isolation.

These are precautionary measures and they will be kept under continuing review while more definitive information on the Danish outbreaks is obtained.

Exempted countries and territories

Since 10 July 2020 you will not have to self-isolate when you arrive in Northern Ireland, if you are returning from the following countries and territories:

A

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Aruba (this does not apply to arrivals on of after 4.00 am on 16 January 2021)
  • Australia

B

  • Bahrain
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba (this does not apply to arrivals on of after 4.00 am on 16 January 2021)
  • Botswana (this does not apply to arrivals on of after 4.00 am on 9 January 2021)
  • British Antarctic Territory
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Brunei

C

  • Cayman Islands
  • Cambodia
  • Chile (this does not apply to arrivals on of after 4.00 am on 16 January 2021)
  • Cuba

D

  • Dominica

F

  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland

G

  • Gibraltar
  • The Greek island of Corfu
  • The Greek island of Cos
  • The Greek island of Crete
  • The Greek island of Rhodes
  • The Greek island of Zakynthos (Zante)
  • Greenland
  • Grenada

H

  • ​Hong Kong

I

  • Iceland
  • Israel and Jerusalem (this does not apply to arrivals on of after 4.00 am on 9 January 2021) - information on the UK position on Jerusalem is available on the GOV.UK website

J

  • Japan

K

  • Kiribati

L

  • Laos

M

  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mauritius (this does not apply to arrivals on of after 4.00 am on 9 January 2021)
  • Micronesia
  • Mongolia
  • Montserrat

N

  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Norway

P

  • Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
  • Portuguese islands of Madeira and the Azores (this does not apply to arrivals on of after 4.00 am on 16 January 2021)

Q

  • Qatar (this does not apply to arrivals on of after 4.00 am on 16 January 2021)

R

  • Rwanda

S

  • Saint Barthélemy
  • Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Seychelles (this does not apply to arrivals on of after 4.00 am on 9 January 2021)
  • Singapore
  • the Solomon Islands
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • South Korea 
  • Sri Lanka
  • The Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia in the Island of Cyprus

T

  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Tonga
  • Turks and Caicos islands

U

  • UAE (this does not apply to arrivals on of after 4.00 am on 12 January 2021)

V

  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam

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