COVID-19 Update

16th April 2021

Travel advice to Northern Ireland (UK)

Anyone intending to travel directly, or via another country, to Northern Ireland from outside the Common Travel Area, including British and Irish nationals returning home, must:

From Friday 16 April, you must:

  • enter managed isolation (hotel quarantine) for 10 days if travelling from a ‘red list’ country, or self-isolate for 10 days if travelling from a non ‘red list’ country – the day you arrive will be treated as day zero
  • book a day two and eight test kit if travelling from non ‘red list’ countries

Anyone not complying with the regulations may be refused boarding by the airline or carrier and/ or fined on arrival.


If you have travelled to Northern Ireland directly from a country associated with COVID-19 variants(external link opens in a new window / tab), that may be considered a higher risk, known as a ‘red list’ country, you must enter managed isolation (hotel quarantine) in NI from Friday 16 April.

This is to reduce the risk of COVID-19 variants spreading within Northern Ireland.

Further information on ‘red list’ countries is available at: 


Everyone who arrives into Northern Ireland from outside the Common Travel Area must quarantine for 10 full days from the point of their arrival.

The day of arrival in Northern Ireland will be treated as day zero.

To stop the spread of potentially harmful variants into NI, more stringent measures are in place for people who have travelled from or passed through a country on the list where travel to the UK is banned (the ‘red list’) in the last 10 days before arrival.

From Friday 16 April, you must quarantine in a managed isolation hotel if you’ve travelled from or passed through a ‘red list’ country.

You will need to book and pay for a managed isolation package before you complete your passenger locator form and make your journey to NI.

The package includes the costs of transport from the port of arrival to the designated hotel, food, accommodation, security, other essential services and post-arrival testing.

Read more information on travelling to Northern Ireland UK: 


Travel advice to the Republic of Ireland

The Government has introduced a number of short-term restrictions on international travel. Visa-free travel to Ireland for nationals of South Africa and all countries in South America has been suspended. The Department of Justice has temporarily ceased accepting new visa/preclearance applications globally (with limited exemptions).

With effect from 4 February 2021, a legal requirement to home quarantine was introduced for all passengers arriving in Ireland. This 14-day quarantine must be undertaken at the address specified on the Passenger Locator Form. This also applies to passengers travelling from another country to Ireland, who arrive via Northern Ireland. Only very limited categories of passengers can be exempt from this legal requirement.


Any passenger who has been in any of these Category 2 countries in the previous 14 days, even if only transiting through one of these countries and even if remaining airside, is legally required to quarantine at a designated facility (mandatory hotel quarantine) on arrival in Ireland. This applies even if the passenger receives a negative RT-PCR test result after arriving in the State. There are very limited exemptions to this requirement. For further information , please see

As of 16.04.21 there are 71 countries on the Category 2 list for Ireland (requiring hotel quarantine). 

See the ‘Red’ Category 2 countries here

Information about what to do on entering Ireland from abroad:

All passengers arriving into Ireland are required to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form. All passengers are also required to have a negative / ‘not detected’ result from a pre-departure COVID-19 RT-PCR test (only this kind of test is acceptable) taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland. Passengers will be asked to present evidence of their negative/‘not detected’ result before boarding their airplane or ferry, and to produce this evidence to Immigration Officers on arrival at points of entry to the State. Children aged six and under are exempt from this requirement. For further details on inward travel to Ireland, including COVID-19-related requirements and the limited exemptions in place, please see and the HSE website

Kind regards

Team Foyle International

November 2020

Due to the restrictions in place for Northern Ireland we are temporarily closed and the upcoming CELTA certificate has been postponed. Foreign Language classes are still continuing online for now.

For upcoming OET exams, please check the OET website: 

For enquiries please get in touch with 

Kind regards

Team Foyle International

Monday 17th August 2020

Travel advice to the UK and Northern Ireland:

Following the recent announcement from the UK government, there is no 2 week quarantine for travelers travelling from the list of countries on the “exempt” list, which can be found here: 

Some countries which travelers are now required to quarantine on entry to the UK (and Northern Ireland) include Spain, France, Malta and the Netherlands.

Travel advice to the Republic of Ireland

The most recent guidance set out by the Irish government can be found here: 

For further questions or concerns, please get in touch at or contact us directly on +44 7512705122.

All the best,

Foyle International team

Thursday 16th April 2020

As of Thursday 16th April 2020, the UK government announced that the current lockdown and social-distancing measures will stay in place for another 3 weeks. On government advice, our school building has been closed since Friday 20th March.

We are committed to the health and well-being of all of our staff and students, so we are currently working from home and our classes have been moved online.

If you have any queries or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch as we would be happy to speak with you. The contact number which you can call is 07512705122 or get in touch via email at

We will continue to follow government advice on the Coronavirus pandemic and update accordingly. This is an unusual time for us all, so it is important we all work together to ensure our students, hosts and staff are getting the right advice and guidance.

Stay safe everyone!

Team Foyle International

For more information on the latest UK Government updates, please click here.