COVID-19 is still circulating within the community. It is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated.
By making safer choices and following public health advice, you can help lower the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
Get the latest government regulations and guidance for COVID-19 at NI Direct.
We’ve provided some helpful info for visitors to Belfast here to help you plan your visit.
Travelling to Northern Ireland
You should not travel to Northern Ireland if you have COVID-19 symptoms, or have received a positive COVID-19 result.
Travellers coming to Northern Ireland do not need to:
- complete a passenger locator form
- show proof of vaccination status
- take any pre-departure or post arrival tests
- This applies to all travellers, whether you’re fully vaccinated or not.
There are no sector exemptions.
International travel from Northern Ireland
Whilst all international travel requirements to enter Northern Ireland have been removed, this may not be the case for many international destinations.
You should check and follow the latest COVID-19 travel advice for your chosen destination(s). Further advice is available at:
Foreign travel advice(external link opens in a new window / tab)
When abroad, remember to follow the advice of local authorities. Your safety and security is their responsibility.
If you need urgent consular assistance, phone:
- the FCDO switchboard number +44 (0)20 7008 1500
- any Consulate, Embassy or High Commission(external link opens in a new window / tab)
Proof of vaccination
If you have received a full course of COVID-19 vaccinations in Northern Ireland, you can apply for a proof of vaccination certificate for international travel.
Information on how to apply for proof of vaccination is available at:
Apply for a travel COVID vaccination certificate
Travelling within the Common Travel Area (CTA)
There are no restrictions or testing requirements if you’re travelling from one region to another within the CTA (UK, Guernsey, Jersey, Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland).
This includes travelling to Northern Ireland via the Republic of Ireland from overseas. However, you will still need to follow the current rules for travelling to Ireland.
Travelling to Northern Ireland for work
If you are travelling to Northern Ireland to work, there is no legal requirement to carry out bespoke testing for Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Travelling to Belfast
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?
Visit Belfast Welcome Centre
The Visit Belfast Welcome Centre on Donegall Square North is open daily and here to help you plan your trip to Belfast.
For travel information, our visitor advisors remain on hand to answer your queries – please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 028 9024 6609. You can also tweet your queries using #AskVisitBelfast.
When you are in Belfast
We’re glad to see you back in Belfast. Here are a few ways to make your stay here as safe as possible.
Look out for the “We’re Good to Go” logo. This is the 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 >>
Tips to Stay Safe:
- washing your hands regularly
- use hand sanitiser
- wear a face covering in crowded or indoor spaces (not mandatory)
Let’s keep making safer choices – book ahead where you can.
For the most up to date information, advice and guidance, visit:
- NI Direct: gov.uk/campaigns/coronavirus-covid-19
- Department of Health: health-ni.gov.uk/news
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 you have a medical emergency, call 112 or 999.
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.
We’re here to help. If you can’t find the information you’re after, please ask us here.