Covid-19 Inbound Travel by Visitors From NI Tourism Markets
The latest advice and news on inbound travel.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises against all non-essential travel worldwide, check their travel advice page by clicking here.
Advice can also be found on the TravelHealthPro website.
A new transport and travel guidance hub on GOV.UK brings together information for people using transport or working in the transport sector during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Visitor Travel Plans
Visitors should contact their airline, tour operator, cruise line or other transport and accommodation providers as applicable in their home country. They should also make contact with their travel insurance provider should they intend to cancel bookings that have been made ahead.
Where possible, we would encourage businesses to be as flexible as possible with future booking arrangements so that visitors can enjoy a visit to Northern Ireland at a later date and maintain good relationships with previous and future customers. Please see our guidance on bookings and cancellations.
As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Any country or area may restrict travel without notice.
Airlines may change services at short notice and a number of airlines have suspended flights or significantly reduced their network at the current time.
The Consumer Council has helpful advice available for travellers that includes information on flights, ferries and public transport.
Current guidance is for people to stay at home and practice social distancing. See details here. The following information is relevant to transport providers.
All passengers will be provided with information leaflets on arrival in the UK.
While using public transport, they should try to keep away from other people and catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue.
There is no known increase in risk for handling baggage, post or freight from specified countries. Staff should continue to follow existing risk assessments and safe systems of work.
If anyone becomes unwell with the symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) in a transport setting they should be sent home and advised to follow the stay at home guidance. If they need clinical advice, they should go online to NHS 111 (or call 111 if they don’t have internet access). In an emergency, call 999 if they are seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk. Do not visit the GP, pharmacy, urgent care centre or a hospital.
If a member of staff or a passenger has helped someone who was taken unwell with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), they do not need to go home unless they develop symptoms themselves. They should wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds after any contact with someone who is unwell.
It is not necessary to close the transport setting or send any staff home unless government policy changes. Keep monitoring the website for the latest details.