Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel advice

You should avoid travelling as much as possible in light of the continuing Coronavirus (COVID-19) threat. If you need to travel abroad, keep up-to-date with the latest advice for the country you plan travelling to and the requirements for your return. You may have to either go into managed isolation (hotel quarantine) or self-isolate on your return.

Travelling within the Common Travel Area

Information on travelling within the Common Travel Area (United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man and Channel Islands) is available at:

Rules for entering or returning to Northern Ireland from abroad

The following rules for entering or returning to Northern Ireland (NI) from abroad are in place:

The measures you will have to take will depend on the countries you’re travelling from or passing through.

The status of international countries is reviewed every three weeks. However, if cases rise suddenly in a particular country, it may be removed from the green list or added to the red list without notice.

For further information, see:

For popular destinations such as Portugal, Spain,  France, Italy and Greece, which are currently not on the NI green list, find out what the requirements are, including self-isolation and testing, at:

Failure to comply with any of the international travel requirements is a criminal offence and may result in one or more fines.

Travelling to NI via Great Britain or the Republic of Ireland

If you're travelling back to Northern Ireland from a country outside the Common Travel Area via Great Britain or the Republic of Ireland, even if this is just to change flights in an airport, you must follow any requirements that have been introduced for that country, including managed isolation and day two and eight testing. 

Make sure you are aware of these requirements, as these may differ to those in NI.

Sector-specific exemptions

A limited number of sector specific exemptions may apply when travelling to Northern Ireland.

If you think you meet the criteria for exemption it's important that you check the list of sector specific exemptions before you travel.

Travelling to another country

If you have any enquiries about COVID-19 and travel abroad, check the latest foreign travel advice.

You can also sign up for email alerts from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

There is also guidance if you're travelling or living abroad during the coronavirus pandemic.

Travel advice remains under constant review to make sure it reflects the latest assessment of risks.

If you must travel abroad for an essential reason you must make sure you’re aware of up-to-date requirements should the regulations change while you’re abroad.

If you are abroad

You must follow the advice of local authorities while abroad. Your safety and security is the responsibility of the local authority where you are.

If you need urgent consular assistance, phone:

COVID status certificates

You should check the entry requirements of the country of destination, which are available at this link:

The Department of Health is developing a COVID-free status Validation Service (CVS) that will allow NI residents to provide verified proof of vaccination, and other accepted standards, where required.

This development will take into account emerging World Health Organisation (WHO) and EU common standards for COVID status certificates.

Any documents produced outside of this CVS is unlikely to meet these standards, and therefore not be accepted under countries’ entry requirements.

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