Update to arrival testing into England and Northern Ireland from 7th January

Todays announcement brings Northern Ireland in line with the Republic of Ireland and England.

Fully vaccinated and under 18’s arriving into Northern Ireland or England will no longer need a pre-departure test or to self isolate from 4am on Friday (7 January). 

Travellers will still be required to complete a passenger locator form and take a test on or before day two after your arrival.  Albeit, from 9 January 2022 this can be either a lateral flow (LFD) or PCR test.  The NHS lateral flow tests cannot be used and travellers must purchase the test from a separate provider. 

If your lateral flow test is positive, you will be issued a free confirmatory PCR test and will be required to self isolate. If the PCR test is negative, then the isolation period can end.

Travellers who are not deemed as fully vaccinated must complete a passenger locator form, take a pre-departure test, have booked a PCR day two and day eight test package and complete 10 days self-isolation.

Full information is now available along with how to issue your vaccine certificate and proof of recovery documents on the NI Direct Website.

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