Travellers from France must self-isolate for 10 days

 A man wears a mask to protect against the spread of the coronavirus walks at Trocadero square close to the Eiffel Tower in Paris on April 24 2020. Picture by Michel Euler, AP
Digital Staff

The rules for people arriving in Northern Ireland from France have been tightened, the Department of Health has announced.

From 5pm today travellers arriving from France must self-isolate for 10 days, even if they are fully vaccinated. 

They will also have to take a Covid-19 test on days two and eight, regardless of vaccination status.

France is on the amber travel list but the presence in the country of the Beta variant first identified in South Africa is causing concern.

The Department of Health has issued the following guidance:

Anyone who has been in France in the last 10 days will need to self-isolate on arrival to Northern Ireland in their own accommodation and will need a day two and day eight test, regardless of their vaccination status. This includes any fully UK vaccinated individual who transits through France from either a green or another amber country to reach Northern Ireland.

However, anyone arriving from amber countries other than France who have been fully vaccinated will no longer have to quarantine, although they will still need to comply with necessary testing requirements.

Today, a further 1,776 cases of Covid-19 were reported by the Department of Health.

Some 537 new cases were reported yesterday, 1,402 cases reported on Saturday and 1,380 on Friday.

Read more: North's passport holders to be excluded from EU digital vaccine 'passport' scheme

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