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Home and away: The expats hoping to get back to Northern Ireland for Christmas

The five-day 'window' from December 23-27 has thrown a lifeline to expats trying to get back to Northern Ireland for Christmas, but it's still not plain sailing. Allan Preston reports

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Happy reunion: a father returning from work abroad is reunited with his daughter at the airport

Happy reunion: a father returning from work abroad is reunited with his daughter at the airport

Happy reunion: a father returning from work abroad is reunited with his daughter at the airport

They are the emotional scenes that we are well used to seeing at Christmas time: loved ones greeting each other at airports, ready to celebrate the happiest time of the year.

But, as with so much else in 2020, Covid-19 has thrown it all into doubt for Northern Ireland expats preparing for their big Christmas homecoming.

However, developments in the past week, with agreement from the four UK nations and regions on how Christmas will operate (meaning that three households can mix for five days from December 23-27) have given some peace of mind for those hoping to be reunited with their families.


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