The Executive have announced that from today (August 22nd), those passengers traveling to Northern Ireland from Portugal will no longer need to self-isolate on arrival.
This announcement follows a review of the scientific and medical evidence, with Portugal added to the Travel Corridors exemption list from 4am this morning.
A number of countries have however been removed from the list. These include Austria, Croatia, Trinidad and Tobago,
Any passengers arriving from these countries after 4am this morning will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
Speaking about the changes, Health Minister Robin Swann said: “Given the ever-changing picture of Covid-19 around the world I will not hesitate in moving swiftly to make changes to the regulations when necessary. Anyone considering travelling abroad should bear this in mind and should review the travel advice on NIDirect and FCO websites ahead of travelling. Countries on the exempt list can be removed at relatively short notice – therefore if you’re planning to travel abroad, even to currently exempted countries, there is a possibility that you will be required to quarantine on your return. This is absolutely necessary to help keep the people of Northern Ireland safe.”
Further information is available on NIDirect: www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-advice(external link opens in a new window / tab)