Coronavirus (COVID-19): travelling within the Common Travel Area

This page provides guidance on travel within the Common Travel Area (United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man, and Channel Islands). If you have any symptoms of coronavirus you must not travel.

Travelling to NI from within the Common Travel Area

If you're travelling from within the Common Travel Area (CTA) and staying overnight in Northern Ireland, you should take a rapid lateral flow device test (LFD) before you begin your journey.

You should only travel if the test is negative.

You should also take an LFD test on days two and eight of your stay.

You should not travel to Northern Ireland if you have COVID-19 symptoms, or have received a positive COVID-19 result.

You do not need to fill in a Passenger Locator Form if you’re travelling from within the CTA and you have not been outside the CTA in the last 10 days.

Travelling to other regions of the Common Travel Area

If you're travelling from Northern Ireland to other regions of the Common Travel Area and staying overnight, you should take a rapid lateral flow device test (LFD) before you begin your journey home.

You should only travel if the test is negative.

After you return home you should take an LFD test on day two and day eight.

You're also subject to the rules of where you're travelling to.

Guidance for England, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales is at these links:

Lateral flow device tests

Lateral flow device (LFD) tests are simple, easy-to-use test devices which provide results quickly.

Information on how to order lateral flow device tests is available at:

If the test result is positive, you must begin a period of self-isolation immediately, along with anyone you're staying with.

Anyone who receives a positive test using an LFD should have a confirmatory PCR test within 24 hours. Tests should be booked at:

     

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