Covid-Related Information

Covid-19 guidance and advice on travelling to Northern Ireland.


You must carefully consider your plans when preparing to travel to Northern.

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

Travelling to NI from a red list country

If you plan to travel to Northern Ireland having been in, or transited through one of the countries above in the previous 10 days, you must:

  • provide proof of a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test
  • complete a UK passenger locator form either on arrival, or in the 48 hours before arrival
  • book and enter managed isolation (hotel quarantine) for 10 days

All those aged 11 and over must take a COVID-19 test, in the three days before you start your journey to 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 able to board your transport to Northern Ireland.

Managed isolation (Hotel quarantine)

To stop the spread of potentially harmful variants into NI, more stringent measures are in place for people who have travelled from or passed through a country on the list where travel to the UK is banned (the red list) in the last 10 days before arrival.

Since Friday 16 April, everyone who arrives into Northern Ireland from a red list country must book and enter managed isolation (hotel quarantine) for 10 full days from the point of their arrival, unless they are exempt.

The day of arrival in Northern Ireland will be treated as day zero.

You will need to book and pay for a managed isolation package before you complete your passenger locator form and make your journey to NI.

The package includes the costs of transport from the port of arrival to the designated hotel, food, accommodation, security, other essential services and post-arrival testing.

You can find more information if you are travelling to Northern Ireland from a red list country by following the most recent government advice.

Travelling to NI from an amber country

Rules if you’re not fully vaccinated

If you’re travelling to Northern Ireland from an amber country, either directly or via another country, including British and Irish nationals returning home, you must:

Rules if you are fully vaccinated

Since 19 July, if you have been fully vaccinated under the UK vaccination programme, you do not have to self-isolate or take the day eight post-arrival test if arriving into Northern Ireland from an amber country.

Fully vaccinated means that you have had your final dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before the date you arrive in Northern Ireland.

However you must still:

  • 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 within  48 hours of 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 permitted 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.

You can find more information if you are travelling to Northern Ireland from a amber list country by following the most recent government advice.

If you have any questions about travel, self-isolation or testing you can contact the ISE team ise@ulster.ac.uk