Coronavirus Travel Update

Written by on 14 June 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel advice

You should not travel abroad unless it’s essential. If you plan to travel in the weeks and months ahead, keep up-to-date with the latest advice for the country you plan travelling to. There is guidance for Northern Ireland residents who are either travelling overseas or returning to NI from abroad.

New rules for entering or returning to the UK become are now in place.

i) You will need to complete a form to provide your journey and contact details when you travel to the UK

ii) You will not be allowed to leave the place you’re staying for the first 14 days you’re in the UK except in very limited situations (known as ‘self-isolating’) – this is because it can take up to 14 days for coronavirus symptoms to appear

The new rules apply if you arrive somewhere within the Common Travel Area (CTA) and then travel onwards to NI.

If you have been in the CTA for the last 14 days before entering NI you do not need to complete the form or self-isolate.

The CTA includes the following places, and only applies if you were there for 14 days or more:

  • England, Scotland and Wales
  • the Republic of Ireland
  • the Channel Islands
  • the Isle of Man

You will need to show details of recent travel into the CTA, such as a boarding pass or itinerary, to help confirm whether you entered the CTA in the last 14 days and how long you have spent in the CTA in total.

Fines or further action

Once the rules come into place you may be fined £60 if you refuse to provide passenger information on arrival, £1,000 if you leave the location where you are self-isolating without reasonable excuse, or you could face further action.

Further information can be found at:-

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