Update 2 April
As coronavirus cases continue to fall in Northern Ireland, the NI Executive has published its pathway out of restrictions, and have begun to ease restrictions on social gatherings and businesses.
The message to “stay at home” remains in place until 12 April, meaning that people should only leave their homes for essential reasons and only travel if absolutely necessary. Everyone should comply with all travel restrictions in place for their 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.
Current restrictions include:
- Closure of all non-essential retail, with some click and collect services allowed.
- Essential retailers may only offer off-sales until 8pm.
- Hospitality businesses can only provide takeaway or delivery services until 11pm.
- Hotels and tourist accommodation providers must close, with exemptions for emergency accommodation.
- Visitor attractions and leisure activity providers are not permitted to open (however, sports facilities and golf clubs are allowed to operate without access to clubhouses and indoor facilities)
- Outdoor gatherings are limited to ten people from a maximum of two households. This includes children.
From 12 April, all retailers will be permitted to operate click and collect services.
For travel information, our visitor advisors remain on hand to answer your queries – please email email@example.com or call 028 9024 6609.
For a full list of all current restrictions, please click here.
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
- If you are arriving into Northern Ireland from within the Common Travel Area and you plan to remain here for at least 24 hours, you must self-isolate upon arrival for 10 days in the same way as international arrivals. Click here for further information.
- Arriving into Northern Ireland from other countries may also require you to self-isloate for ten days. Please click here for further information and an updated list of exemptions.
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 and it’s airport information points will remain closed until restrictions are eased. We are still providing vital information services on our website, and visitors can email queries to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 still apply for a refund directly from Ticketmaster via this link.*
Hotels & Hospitality
Hotels and hospitality businesses must remain closed, except for takeaway and delivery services or accommodation for essential workers.
Indoor and outdoor museums, galleries, visitor and other cultural attractions are not permitted to open.
Theatres and concert halls are only permitted to open for rehearsals or a live recording without an audience.
Navigating Belfast Safely
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 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.