The Stormont executive announced changes to restrictions on international travel to and from Northern Ireland effective Monday.
Ministers announced a system of traffic lights for international travel, which allows holidaymakers to travel to a limited number of countries in Europe and beyond.
The new system classifies countries in red, orange or green according to their risk of coronavirus, with different rules for each.
The countries on the red list have the most restrictions.
Jet2 has revealed that it will resume flights to Portugal from Belfast International Airport on June 24 following the news.
In a statement, they said they reported a sharp increase in demand for flights to the popular Green List country and will operate four flights to the destination per week.
If you’re planning to go somewhere this summer, here’s everything you need to know about the new travel rules.
Which countries are on the green list?
The Northern Ireland executive agreed that 12 countries have been added to a green list to allow international travel from May 24. The new advice applies to residents and visitors to Northern Ireland from Monday.
The countries on the green list are:
- Portugal, including the Azores and Madeira
- New Zealand
- Faroe Islands
- South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
- Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
- the falkland islands
- Israel and Jerusalem
What are the rules for traveling to a green list country?
If you are traveling to a Green List country, you will be asked to take a PCR test two days after arrival. This must be booked before your trip.
Those traveling from Portugal, Jerusalem and Singapore are also encouraged to take an additional free PCR test on the eighth day. Children under the age of four will not need to take a test.
You don’t need to self-isolate unless your coronavirus test result is positive, and you should self-isolate if you’ve traveled with someone who has tested positive.
What are the rules for traveling to an Orange List country?
If you are traveling to Northern Ireland, directly or indirectly, from an Amber List country, you must book a post arrival travel test package and a coronavirus test on the second day for variant monitoring, and another on the eighth day to verify that you don’t. have the virus.
A test package is required for all international arrivals traveling to Northern Ireland, either directly or via Great Britain or the Republic of Ireland.
When returning from an Amber List country, you must complete 10 days of self-isolation even if you had a negative pre-departure test or a negative test during the isolation period. This is because it can take up to 10 days for the infection to develop.
Travelers should self-isolate at the address provided on the passenger tracking form. This may include at home, staying with friends or family, or in a hotel or other temporary accommodation.
If you are traveling to Northern Ireland from an Orange List country via England or the Republic of Ireland, you can continue your journey to NI to isolate yourself.
However, if you are traveling via Scotland, all Amber arrivals are required to isolate themselves completely there.
What are the rules for traveling to a country on the Red List?
The countries on the Red List are those considered to have the highest risk of coronavirus, and therefore have the strictest travel restrictions.
Some countries on the red list include Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, India, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, and Zimbabwe.
Only UK and Irish nationals or those with UK residency rights are allowed to travel to Northern Ireland from a Red List country.
If you arrive at NI after being or passing through a Red List country, you must complete the UK Passenger Tracking Form, provide proof of a Covid-19 test prior to departure, and book and enter hotel isolation managed for 10 days.
You must enter the seclusion of the hotel in the port where you are arriving. For example, if you are traveling to Heathrow, you should book your hotel quarantine in that area.
Travelers cannot travel to Northern Ireland without completing this managed isolation.
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