Travel and holidays
You should carefully consider your holiday and travel options, in light of the continuing COVID-19 threat.
A 'staycation' is one way of mitigating the risks - while also supporting the local economy.
You should not travel unless it is essential. If you do have a permitted reason to travel, you will have to self-isolate for a period of 10 days on your return home.
The UK government has tight restrictions in place to reduce the introduction and transmission of new variants of COVID-19 from ‘red list’ countries, associated with current variants.
This list is regularly reviewed, so make sure you check it if you have recently travelled or are planning to travel outside of the UK.
Remember to always follow the public health advice whether you are abroad, having a 'staycation', or staying at home.
Wash your hands frequently and well, and keep practising social distancing.
That’s the best way to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
Further information and guidance for people who are either travelling overseas or returning to Northern Ireland from abroad is available at this link:
Information about holidaying at home is available on the Discover Northern Ireland website.
Many holiday accommodation providers, visitor attractions, restaurants and pubs, events venues and tour and coach operators across Northern Ireland have signed up to the newly launched ‘We’re Good To Go’ scheme.
Businesses displaying the ‘We’re Good To Go’ symbol have completed a COVID-19 risk assessment and put in place measures to allow them to operate safely.
Travelling at home
There is guidance to help you understand how to travel safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Northern Ireland as restrictions ease.
This includes when using public transport, walking, cycling and travelling by car:
Face coverings have been mandatory on public transport since 10 July 2020. On 14 October 2020 this requirement was extended to private hire transport and air travel.
All passengers above primary school age must now wear a face covering on all forms of passenger transport and in stations, unless they are exempt, for example due to a disability.
Further information about these laws and exemptions can be found on the Face Coverings page.