The Department of Health issued the update less than 90 minutes before the change will take effect at 5.00pm on Monday.
However, from today, anyone arriving from amber countries who have been fully UK vaccinated, will no longer have to quarantine, although they will still need to comply with necessary testing requirements. However, this will not apply to France following the persistent presence of cases in France of the Beta variant, which was first identified in South Africa.
Anyone who has been in France in the last 10 days will need to quarantine on arrival to Northern Ireland in their own accommodation and will need a Day two and Day eight test, regardless of their vaccination status.
This includes any fully UK vaccinated individual who transits through France from either a green or another amber country to reach Northern Ireland.
This move today brings Northern Ireland in line with the rest of the UK.
Information on international travel is available at www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-travelling-amber-country