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:
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): travelling from a green list country
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): travelling from an amber country
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): travelling from a red list country
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.
- England - Travel advice: coronavirus (COVID-19) and How to quarantine when you arrive in England
- Scotland - Coronavirus (COVID-19): international travel and managed isolation
- Wales – Travel: coronavirus
- Ireland - Travelling to Ireland during the COVID-19 pandemic
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:
- the FCDO switchboard number 020 7008 1500
- any embassy or High Commission
Proof of vaccination
In Northern Ireland, work has now started on a certificate production system, which will give you internationally accepted proof that you have had both vaccine doses.
This will initially be a paper-based format and will be available here by early to mid-July.
A digital certification process will be in place later in the summer, which will also include evidence of negative PCR COVID tests, as an alternative to vaccination.