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

The UK has tighter travel restrictions in place to reduce the introduction and transmission of new variants of COVID-19 from red list countries. This list is regularly reviewed, so make sure you check it regularly if you've recently travelled or are planning to travel outside of the UK.

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:

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:

  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Bangladesh
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Burundi
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Ecuador
  • Eswatini
  • Ethiopia
  • French Guiana
  • Guyana
  • India 
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Maldives (from 4.00 am on 12 May)
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nepal (from 4.00 am on 12 May)
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Rwanda 
  • Seychelles
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Suriname
  • Tanzania
  • Turkey (from 4.00 am on 12 May)
  • United Arab Emirates 
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

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:

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.

 

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