Less than 90 minutes notice as DoH announces fully vaccinated people travelling from France to NI must self-isolate for 10 days

Northern Ireland has followed the rest of the United Kingdom by declaring travellers, including those who have been fully vaccinated, coming to Northern Ireland from France must now self-isolate for 10 days when they arrive here.

Monday, 19th July 2021, 4:02 pm
Updated Monday, 19th July 2021, 4:04 pm

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.

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The rest of the United Kingdom made this announcement concerning France days ago but the Department of Health in Northern Ireland gave travellers arriving here from France less than 90 minutes notice.

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