Travelling from a country with additional measures - red list countries
Only British, Irish nationals or those with residency rights in the UK are permitted to travel to Northern Ireland from a red list country.
If you arrive in Northern Ireland having been in, or transited through one of the countries below in the previous 10 days, you must:
- complete the UK passenger locator form
- provide evidence of a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test
- since 16 April, book and enter managed isolation (hotel quarantine) for 10 days
Managed isolation (hotel quarantine)
You must enter managed isolation (hotel quarantine) at the port where you first arrive – for example, if you arrive at Heathrow you must book your managed quarantine hotel in that area. You cannot travel onwards to Northern Ireland until you have completed managed isolation.
This is vital to reduce the risk of COVID-19 variants being introduced to Northern Ireland.
Red list countries (subject to additional measures)
The countries on the red list include:
- Cape Verde
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- French Guiana
- Maldives (from 4.00 am on 12 May)
- Nepal (from 4.00 am on 12 May)
- South Africa
- Turkey (from 4.00 am on 12 May)
- United Arab Emirates
Travelling to NI via Great Britain
If you are travelling back to Northern Ireland from a red list country, via Great Britain, even if this is just to change flights in an airport, you must follow any requirements that have been introduced for that country, before travelling on to Northern Ireland.
This may include managed hotel isolation.
Further information by country is at:
- England: Travel advice: coronavirus (COVID-19) and How to quarantine when you arrive in England
- Scotland: Coronavirus (COVID-19): international travel and managed isolation (quarantine)
- Wales: How to isolate when you travel to Wales
Travelling to NI via the Republic of Ireland
If you travel to Northern Ireland from a red list country, via the Republic of Ireland, you must follow any travel requirements in the Republic of Ireland.
In addition to complying with the requirements in the Republic of Ireland, you must also complete a UK passenger locator form.
Failure to complete the UK passenger locator form, when travelling via the Republic of Ireland, incurs a fixed penalty notice of £500 with laddering for subsequent offences up to a maximum of £4,000.