Please note, restrictions continue to ease in Northern Ireland. Visit our Belfast Reopening page to find out what’s open when, or visit our Ideas page for ways to enjoy Belfast safely today! For more advice on current restrictions visit our Coronavirus Advice for Visitors page.

The NI Executive published its pathway out of restrictions in March 2021, and as a result restrictions have begun to ease across Northern Ireland.

You can find a full list of current restrictions and future easing here.

Tourism and hospitality businesses are now able to reopen, but some restrictions remain. Check below for information on how businesses are able to operate, and remember to check out our Belfast Reopening blog for ideas on how to enjoy Belfast safely!

Visitor attractions

Indoor and outdoor visitor attractions are now permitted to open. Many businesses require advance booking, or are operating on reduced opening hours, so please check with the business before planning your visit.

Hospitality businesses

Business are now permitted to serve both outdoors and indoors. A maximum of six people can be seated together, and there is no limit on the number of households. Children under the age of 12 are not counted in the total. More than six will be permitted if they all belong to a single household, as long as it is not more than 10.

Venues will also be required to collect customer details to help with the Test, Trace, Protect contact tracing programme.

Social distancing measures will still be in place, and face coverings are required when not seated.

Retail

All shops are able to open fully.

Accommodation

All types of tourism accommodation can open, including shared facilities on caravan sites and in hostels.

Up to six people from no more than two households can stay together overnight (not including children). This number can increase to 10 if all guests are from the same household. Accommodation providers will be required to collect guest details to help with the Test, Trace, Protect contact tracing programme.

 

Good To Go Accreditation

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The “We’re Good to Go” industry standard for tourism and hospitality businesses is in place throughout Belfast. When you see a business is “Good to Go”, you know that they are committed to operating safely so you can enjoy a visit with total confidence. Find out more >>

 

Please note: You should comply with all travel restrictions in place for your region/country. Please check the appropriate guidance at both the point of departure and arrival before leaving home. Non-compliance may lead to a fine or prosecution.

For travel information, our visitor advisors remain on hand to answer your queries – please email info@visitbelfast.com or call 028 9024 6609.

If you are a tourism partner, please refer to this page for updates.

Please check this page for further updates, and we very much look forward to welcoming you to Belfast soon.

Travelling to Northern Ireland

Arriving from within the Common Travel Area

If you are travelling to Northern Ireland from within the Common Travel Area (England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands) and staying overnight, you should take a rapid lateral flow device test (LFD) before you begin your journey.

You should only travel if the test is negative. You should not travel to Northern Ireland if you have COVID-19 symptoms, or have received a positive COVID-19 result.

You should also take an LFD test on days two and eight of your stay. If the test result is positive, you must begin a period of self-isolation immediately, along with anyone you’re staying with.

Click here to order LFD tests. 

Anyone who receives a positive test using an LFD should have a confirmatory PCR test within 24 hours. Tests are free and can be booked here.

 

Arriving from international destinations

Since 24 May, travel has been permitted from certain international destinations into Northern Ireland. The NI Executive has published a Green, Amber and Red list of destinations, each with its own requirements.

Please note, you will also be subject to rules and regulations from your point of origin before you arrive into Northern Ireland. We strongly recommend you check these rules, as well as checking with carriers and accommodation providers before you travel.

 

Travelling from a green country

Before you travel to Northern Ireland from a green country you must:

  • provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to three days before departure
  • book and pay for a day two COVID-19 PCR test
  • complete a UK passenger locator form 48 hours before departure

Click here for full details on arriving from a green list country.

 

Travelling from an amber country

If you’re travelling to Northern Ireland from an amber country, either directly or via another country, including British and Irish nationals returning home, you must:

  • provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to three days before departure
  • book post-arrival testing
  • complete a UK passenger locator form 48 hours before departure
  • self-isolate for 10 days

Click here for full details on arriving from an amber list country.

 

Travelling from a red country

Only British, Irish nationals or those with residency rights in the UK are permitted to travel to Northern Ireland from a red list country.

If you plan to travel to Northern Ireland having been in, or transited through one of the countries above in the previous 10 days, you must:

  • provide proof of a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test
  • complete a UK passenger locator form 48 hours before departure
  • book and enter managed isolation (hotel quarantine) for 10 days

Click here for full details on arriving from a red list country

Travelling to Belfast

Please check with individual transport providers for the latest information and precautions you need to take before planning a visit.

Visit Belfast Welcome Centre and Visit Belfast Airport Information Points

The Visit Belfast Welcome Centre has now reopened. The airport information points remain closed. Click here for opening hours and further information.

Visitors can email queries to info@visitbelfast.com or telephone 028 9024 6609. You can also tweet your queries using #AskVisitBelfast.

*Please note the Ticketmaster desk at Visit Belfast is now closed – customers can apply for a refund directly from Ticketmaster via this link.*

Navigating Belfast Safely

Face coverings

The use of face coverings when you are in a public area indoors, such as in a shop or attraction, when social distancing is not possible, is mandatory, with exemptions for certain groups. Please click here to find out more.

Face coverings are also mandatory when using public transport across Northern Ireland – for more info click here.

Before you travel, our advice is to contact individual providers for up to date opening information. Anyone seeking visitor information can contact the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre and one of our travel advisors will be able to help.

For the most up to date information, advice and guidance, visit:

Travelling Safely around Belfast / Northern Ireland

Before you decide to travel we recommend you plan ahead. Consider where you’re travelling to and how easy it will be to maintain social distance on your journey and at your destination. It is more difficult to maintain social distancing in crowded areas. Thinking about this before you travel can help protect yourself and others.

Things to consider:

  • Can you walk or cycle to the destination?
  • What’s the latest travel advice from my transport operator?
  • Can you book your ticket online, or is contactless payment is possible?
  • Can you avoid crowded areas
  • What’s the most direct route to my destination?

Value Cabs

Value Cabs continue to operate 24/7 and have added a range of delivery services too. They’ve also adopted a number of measures to ensure the safety of their passengers and drivers. This includes a maximum of three passengers per taxi only, and interior touch point clean downs between journeys. Protective screens have been fitted in many of their taxis and vehicles fitted with screens are available upon request – passengers must also wear face coverings. Download the app (valuecabs.co.uk/app) or call 028 9080 9080.

Bus and Rail Services

Since 10 July 2020 it has been the law to wear a face covering when using public transport services.

Passengers and staff must wear a face covering:

  • on bus, coach and train services
  • in public transport stations

For more information on bus and rail services provided by Translink visit translink.co.uk .

Advice for Visitors Currently in Belfast

Visitors who have concerns while here in Northern Ireland should contact the special coronavirus helpline on 0300 200 7885.

If it is a medical emergency, call 999 and inform the call handler of your recent travel.

If you are NOT registered with a GP in Northern Ireland, you’ll find important information available via the NI Direct website which you should refer to.

Advice for Industry Partners

Visit Belfast partners should click here for relevant information, advice and resources regarding coronavirus.

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