Exemptions from managed isolation for compassionate and medical reasons
There are currently no red list countries. If countries are added to the red list, instructions on how to request medical or compassionate exemptions from managed isolation in Northern Ireland will be added to this page. Exemptions are exceptional and limited, and you will need evidence to support your request.
You may request an exemption from managed isolation on compassionate grounds where it is not possible to visit a severely ill or dying relative or member of your household from within managed isolation.
You will need to supply evidence, including from the hospice or medical facility that you will be visiting.
You may request an exemption from managed isolation for medical reasons, in extremely limited circumstances, where due to pre-existing severe medical conditions or vulnerabilities, you are incapable of entering the managed isolation accommodation because you cannot be supported there.
Not everyone with a pre-existing medical condition will receive an exemption from entering managed isolation accommodation.
An exemption will only be granted where the existing medical condition or vulnerability is severe and sufficient evidence is provided that your needs cannot be met when in the managed isolation accommodation and your medical condition or vulnerability will worsen in managed quarantine to such a significant degree that you may need emergency treatment.
The kinds of medical conditions that may be considered include a severe mental health condition or cognitive disability, or a debilitating breathing difficulty.
When to apply
You must apply for an exemption at least seven working days ahead of travel so the evidence can be assessed and an exemption granted.
If you do not apply for an exemption seven days before travel, it may not be possible to grant one in advance of travel and you will need to book and pay to enter the managed isolation accommodation on arrival.
Evidence must be supplied from the healthcare professional, applying professional clinical judgement on the basis of past treatment. This will be assessed against the public health risk of variants of concern and conditions may be placed on any exemption.
Requesting an exemption
Instructions on how to request a medical or compassionate exemption from managed isolation in Northern Ireland will be added to this page should countries be added to the red list.
Exemptions are exceptional and limited, and you will need evidence to support your request.
If your first port of entry into the Common Travel Area from a red list country is in England or Scotland, you should request an exemption from the relevant authority in that country.
You can get information on exemptions in those countries at these links:
If your first port of entry is in the Republic of Ireland, you must enter managed isolation in Northern Ireland and follow any instructions to request an exemption, outlined above.
Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis and communicated in writing.
You will need to present evidence on arrival at the border that you have been granted an exemption and have booked and paid for the day two and day eight tests.
You will still be required to self-quarantine for 10 days in a way that is equivalent to the managed isolation accommodation in terms of the public health risk.
You will still need to complete the passenger locator form and arrangements must be made for travel.
You cannot use public transport to travel to your place of self-quarantine.