Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to international travel rules from 4 October

From 4.00 am on Monday 4 October, the rules for international travel to Northern Ireland will change from the red, amber, green traffic light system to a ‘red list of countries’ and simplified travel measures for arrivals from the rest of the world (‘non red-list countries’).

Vaccination status

The rules for travelling to Northern Ireland from countries and territories not on the red list will depend on your vaccination status.

To qualify as  ‘fully vaccinated’ you must have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days either:

  • under an approved vaccination programme in the UK, Europe, USA or the UK vaccination programme overseas
  • with a full course of the Oxford/ AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen vaccines from a relevant public health body in Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Dominica, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea or Taiwan – mixing between two-dose vaccines (Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, and Moderna) in this list is also recognised
  • under a formally approved COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial in the US, Canada and Australia and have a proof of participation (digital or paper-based) from a public health body

Travelling from non red-list countries if you are fully vaccinated

From 4.00 am on Monday 4 October, if you have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days you must:

  • complete a UK Passenger Locator Form on arrival or within 48 hours of arrival in Northern Ireland
  • before travelling, book and pay for a day two PCR test to be taken on or before day two following your arrival in Northern Ireland
  • be able to prove that you have been fully vaccinated (with your final dose of vaccine received at least 14 full days before the day you arrive in Northern Ireland) with a document (digital or paper-based) from a national or state level public health body that includes, as a minimum:
    • your forename and surname(s)
    • your date of birth
    • vaccine brand and manufacturer
    • date of vaccination for each dose
    • country or territory of vaccination and/or certificate issuer

If you are fully vaccinated in the USA, you will also need to prove that you are a resident of the USA.

If your document does not include all of the above information, or you are fully vaccinated, but do not qualify under these fully vaccinated rules, you must follow the rules for ‘Travelling from non-red list countries if you are not fully vaccinated’ below.

Travelling from non red-list countries if you are not fully vaccinated

From 4.00 am on Monday 4 October, you must follow these rules if you:

  • do not qualify under the fully vaccinated rules
  • are partially vaccinated
  • are not vaccinated

Travel from red list countries

From 4.00 am on Monday 4 October, all red list arrivals must follow these rules, even if you are fully vaccinated.

If you have been in a country or territory on the red list of countries at any time in the last 10 days, you will only be allowed to enter the UK if you are a British or Irish national or you have residency rights in the UK.

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