Northern Ireland Green List: Countries That May Be Added Soon
International travel is now allowed to and from Northern Ireland, with self-isolation not being required for those traveling to a Green List country.
This new traffic light system for international travel was announced by the Stormont Executive and went into effect on May 24.
The new system classifies countries in red, orange or green according to their risk of coronavirus, with different rules for each.
However, the countries on each list are constantly reviewed to ensure they reflect the latest risk assessment, including coronavirus infection rates and new variant rates.
We looked at which countries could possibly be added to Northern Ireland’s green list in the near future.
Which countries are currently on the green list?
- Portugal, including the Azores and Madeira
- New Zealand
- Faroe Islands
- South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
- Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
- the falkland islands
- Israel and Jerusalem
The only Green List country you can fly to directly from Northern Ireland is Portugal.
When is the next Northern Ireland travel advisory due?
Travel regulations are constantly revised to ensure they reflect the latest risk assessment for travel to and from certain countries.
If cases were to suddenly increase in a particular country, steps would be taken to change that country’s status, for example from green to orange or red and no notice would be given.
However, the health ministry has confirmed that official reviews of international travel rules are expected to take place every three weeks.
This is at the same time that the global coronavirus regulations are due to be reviewed, with the next review date scheduled for June 10.
Which countries could be added to Northern Ireland’s green list?
Many of us research popular vacation destinations to see if they will be added to the Northern Ireland Travel Green List anytime soon.
The advice for international travelers to NI seems to follow the lead of other parts of the UK, especially England, as our travel green list is the same.
Therefore, we could potentially have the same greenlist changes as England, a bit later, as their next review date is June 3.
According to The Telegraph, countries that may soon be added to the England Green List include:
- Greece (and islands)
- the Balearic Islands
- the Canary Islands
- Cayman Islands
British Virgin Islands,
Antigua and Barbuda
St Kitts and Nevis
Turks and Caicos Islands
As for other popular holiday destinations such as Spain, the country’s Tourism Minister Fernando Vales told Sky News the country could be added to the green list during the next review of travel restrictions. by the United Kingdom.
Those who choose to travel from Northern Ireland to Spain will currently need to self-isolate on return and undergo a coronavirus test on days two and eight.
Asked whether the public can be fined for traveling to Spain on the minute, a spokesperson for the NI Health Department said: “If you meet all the requirements when you return , no. If you don’t, then you risk receiving a fixed penalty notice of up to £ 2,000. “
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