Coronavirus (COVID-19): travelling from a green list country

Since 24 May, travel is permitted from countries on the green list. Find out what countries are on the green list and what measures you need to take if you're travelling from a green list country.

Travelling from green list countries

The information on this page is for international travel from green list countries only.

To find out what measures are in place for travel from red list and amber countries or within the Common Travel Area, see:

Green list countries

The following countries are on the Northern Ireland green list:

  • Australia
  • Iceland
  • New Zealand
  • Faroe Islands
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • Gibraltar
  • Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
  • Brunei
  • Falkland Islands
  • Israel and Jerusalem
  • Singapore

Requirements for travelling to NI from a green list country

Before you travel to Northern Ireland from a green country you must:

  • provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to three days before departure
  • book and pay for a day two COVID-19 PCR test
  • complete a UK passenger locator form 48 hours before departure

Pre-departure testing

All those aged 11 years and over must take a COVID-19 test, in the three days before you start your journey to Northern Ireland, even if you're normally a resident in Northern Ireland.

For example, if you travel on Friday, you must take a test on the Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.

You will need to present valid proof of your negative test before you board to travel to Northern Ireland. If you don’t, you may not be allowed to board.

If you arrive in Northern Ireland without proof of a negative test result, you could be fined £500, as this is a criminal offence. You can also be fined if the test doesn’t meet the required standards or contain all of the necessary information (see below).

You can choose to take a test:

  • in the place where you start your journey
  • in another country on your way to Northern Ireland

If you plan to take a test on your way to Northern Ireland, you must make sure that this is possible before you set out.

Some countries have entry restrictions in place, which mean you may not be able to get tested there.

Connecting flights

If you have one or more connecting flights to the UK, you should take a test as close as possible to the date of the first flight - if the connecting flights were booked as a single passenger record.

Test providers and type of test

You will need to find a test provider.

You must make sure that the test provider can meet the standards for pre-departure testing.

The test must:

  • meet performance standards of greater than or equal to 97 per cent specificity, greater than or equal to 80 per cent sensitivity at viral loads above 100,000 copies/ml
  • this could include tests such as:
    • a nucleic acid test, including a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test or derivative technologies, including loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) tests
    • an antigen test, such as a test from a lateral flow device

It is your responsibility to make sure the test meets the minimum standards for sensitivity, specificity and viral load details, so you must check with your test provider that it meets those standards.

You may not be able to travel if the test does not meet these standards.

Where information about providers of tests is available locally, FCDO travel advice pages will be updated with this information.

If you need consular assistance you should contact the nearest consulate, embassy or high commission.

If you take your test in the UK, ahead of a return journey of less than three days, you must use a private test provider. You cannot use an NHS or HSC Test and Trace test.

Information that the test result must include

Your test result must be in either English, French or Spanish. Translations will not be accepted, and you must provide the original test result certificate.

It must include the following information:

  • your name, which should match the name on your travel documents
  • your date of birth or age
  • the result of the test
  • the date the test sample was collected or received by the test provider
  • the name of the test provider and their contact details
  • confirmation of the device used for the test, or that the test was a PCR test

If the test result does not include this information you may not be able to board, and may not be able to travel to Northern Ireland.

Your test result can be provided as a physical, printed document, or by email or text message, which you can show on your phone. Make sure that your device is charged.

Positive test results

If your test result is positive, you must not travel. You must follow local rules and guidance for positive coronavirus cases.

If the result is inconclusive, you must take another test.

Exemptions – people who don’t need to take a test

You do not need to take a test if you are travelling to the UK:

  • for urgent medical treatment or are accompanying someone who is travelling for urgent medical treatment, and it is not reasonably practicable for you to obtain a negative COVID-19 test in the three days before departure
  • if you have a medical condition which means you cannot take a test – you must present a note from a medical practitioner at check in and to Border Force staff on arrival in Northern Ireland

Post-arrival testing

You must take a COVID-19 PCR test on or before day two after you arrive. This must be booked prior to travel.

Test packages can be booked through the NHS at:

Or you can choose to book a private test through an approved private test provider that offers this service to NI.

If you book private tests from a provider not on the approved list, you may receive a fixed penalty notice for failing to comply with the testing requirements.

Children aged under five do not need to take this test.

If you have travelled from Singapore, Israel or Jerusalem you are requested to take an additional free COVID-19 PCR test on day eight after your arrival.

You can book a free PCR test at:

When completing the booking select the option 'I’ve been told to get a test by my local council, health protection team or healthcare professional'.

Self-isolation

You do not need to self-isolate unless the test result is positive.

You must self-isolate if you travelled with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Passenger locator form

You must fill in and submit a UK passenger locator form, 48 hours prior to your arrival into Northern Ireland (or your first point of entry into the UK/ Republic of Ireland, if not direct into Northern Ireland) that includes:

  • details of your journey
  • contact details 
  • the address where you will isolate
  • booking references for managed isolation and testing

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.

Penalties

It is an offence if you do not comply with the above requirements.

Failure to complete the UK passenger locator form or provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test, incurs a fine of £500 with laddering for subsequent offences up to a maximum of £4,000.

Failure to be in possession of a test package on arrival into the UK incurs a fine of £1,000, increasing to £2,000 where passengers fail to obtain a test package on arrival.

Failure to take a day two test incurs a fine of £1,000, increasing to £2,000 for subsequent failures.

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