Northern Ireland will relax rules on Covid-19 testing for international travel from October in line with the rest of the UK.
From 4 October, fully vaccinated travellers will no longer have to take a pre-departure test when arriving from non-red list countries from 4 October.
The change, which will come into force at 4am on 4 October, has been welcomed by the travel industry.
The announcement follows a simplification of the travel rules in England, under which the travel traffic light system was replaced with a single red list. Pre-departure tests for jabbed passengers have also been scrapped, while from October, travellers returning to England will be able to take a lateral flow test instead of a PCR on day two.
Daily Covid cases pass 3,000 in South Korea
Covid cases in South Korea topped 3,000 for the first time following a three-day holiday this week.
A further 3,273 infections were added to the country’s tally as the outbreak continued to grow, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said via Reuters.
Of the new cases, 3,245 were locally transmitted and 28 were imported, taking the total number of cases to 298,402 infections with 2,441 deaths. Over 77% of the domestic cases were in the capital Seoul and areas neighbouring the city, where about half of South Koreans live.
Mortality remained low, at 0.82%, helped by its vaccine rollout. South Korea has inoculated 73.5% of its 52 million population with at least one dose of a vaccine, and has fully inoculated nearly 45%.