Non-essential travel from the North of Ireland to other parts of the Common Travel Area (CTA) is to be allowed from Monday, May 24.
People will not be required to self-isolate when they return to Northern Ireland if they have visited family or friends in other parts of the CTA.
The CTA is the UK, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.
The Stormont Executive has also announced upcoming relaxations for indoor hospitality and sporting events.
Previously, Stormont had only advised that people could travel from the North of Ireland to the CTA for “essential” reasons.
From May 24, travellers who have come to the North of Ireland but have completed mandatory quarantine on arrival “at a point of entry elsewhere in the CTA” will also not have to self-isolate.
The guidance sets out that those exempt from self-isolation will be asked to take lateral flow tests for Covid-19 pre-departure, as well as on days two and eight post-arrival into the North of Ireland.
From an indicative date of May 24, ministers agreed up to 500 people can attend outdoor sport events as spectators.
Up to 1,000 fans will be allowed to attend the Irish Cup final on Friday, May 21.
From 24 May, schools will also be allowed to play sports fixtures against each other.
From that same date, libraries and museums will be permitted to reopen, and the stay local message will also be removed.
Indoor hospitality will be permitted to resume from 24 May, with a maximum of six people per table from a maximum of six households or up to 10 people provided they are all from the same household.
Face coverings are still expected to be required when not seated at a table and there is still to be no live music or dancing permitted inside venues. People will also be expected to stay at their table.
Contact tracing details will be taken and retained by establishments, while there is no requirement to order a meal when attending an indoor hospitality venue.
Indoor sports training will be allowed to resume for sports squads from the same date along with wedding receptions and post-funeral events.
Plans to ease restrictions on 24 May will be subject to final approval on 20 May.
Other easing measures include increased numbers permitted for indoor gatherings – not including domestic settings – to allow for community events such as mother-and-toddler groups to resume.Tags: