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Travelling to the UK from Ireland

If you’re looking to travel to the UK from Ireland, you may have to adhere to certain rules and restrictions, depending on your status.

For more information about travelling to the UK from Ireland, including advice on how to apply for a visa if you need one, get in touch with one of our immigration experts today. Call us on (+353) 061 518 025 , or contact us online today.

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    Overview of Travelling to the UK from Ireland

    Ireland and the UK both benefit from special arrangements that allow for ease of travel between the two countries.

    The most notable instance of these is the Common Travel Area (CTA), which affords a range of freedoms and benefits for citizens of either country.

    However, it’s important to note that the CTA only applies to Irish and UK citizens. People who are not citizens of either country may still have to adhere to certain rules and restrictions when travelling to the UK from Ireland.

    This includes people who are citizens of the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), as well as those from outside the EU/EEA.

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    Travelling to the UK as an Irish Citizen

    As previously mentioned, the Common Travel Area between the UK and Ireland grants a range of benefits to UK and Irish citizens.

    This means that if you’re an Irish citizen looking to travel to the UK, you’ll be able to do the following:

    • Travel to and from the UK without being subjected to routine passport controls
    •  Live, work and study in the UK without restriction
    • Access public funds
    • Access public healthcare
    • Vote in certain elections

    Despite these freedoms, you should note that you may still have to show valid identification when boarding a plane or ferry to travel to the UK.

    You may also well be asked by an immigration officer to show proof of your Irish citizenship, such as your Irish passport or Irish passport card.

    Note that you will not have to show any identification when travelling from Ireland to Northern Ireland.

    Travelling to the UK as an EU/EEA Citizen

    If you’re an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen, you will be able to travel to the UK for short trips and holidays from Ireland for up to 6 months without having to apply for a visa.

    You will need to show your EU/EEA or Swiss passport in order to enter the UK from Ireland.

    You may also be asked to prove that:

    • You’re visiting for tourism
    • You have enough money to support yourself and your dependents
    • You have adequate accommodation to stay in during your stay
    • You’ll leave the UK at the end of your stay

    Certain individuals may be able to use an EU/EEA or Swiss national ID card to enter the UK instead of a passport. These include anyone with the following:

    • Settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man’s settlement schemes
    • An EU Settlement Scheme family permit, or the equivalent from Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man
    • A frontier worker permit
    • S2 Healthcare Visitor status
    • A Swiss national with a Service Provider from Switzerland visa

    You will, however, need to apply for a visa if you plan to work, get married, or study long-term in the UK.

    Note that you will not have to show any identification when travelling from Ireland to Northern Ireland.

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      Travelling to the UK as a Non-EU/EEA Citizen

      If you’re travelling to the UK from Ireland as a non-EU/EEA citizen, you may need to apply for a Standard Visitor visa.

      Whether or not you’ll need a visa will depend on your nationality.

      If you are from a visa-exempt country, you won’t need a visa to visit the UK from Ireland for short periods of time. However, you will need to show a valid passport or travel document when crossing the border into the UK.

      You may also be asked to prove that:

      • You’re visiting for tourism
      • You have enough money to support yourself and your dependents
      • You have adequate accommodation to stay in during your stay
      • You’ll leave the UK at the end of your stay

      All foreign nationals will need to apply for a visa if you plan to work, get married, or study long-term in the UK.

      Note that you will not have to show any identification when travelling from Ireland to Northern Ireland.

      Additional Permission to Enter Requirements

      Some travellers from Ireland may need to seek additional permissions in order to travel to the UK.

      These include if:

      • You arrived in Ireland from outside of the CTA and did not obtain immigration permission to enter Ireland
      • You’re a visa-required national who doesn’t have a valid UK visa, or a visa granted under the British-Irish Visa Scheme
      • You entered Ireland unlawfully from outside the CTA
      • You entered the UK unlawfully and went directly from there to Ireland
      • Your permission to enter or stay expired before you left the UK and since then you haven’t been given permission to enter or stay in the UK
      • You’re the subject of an international travel ban
      • You were refused admission or subject to a removal decision under specific regulations (unless you were later given permission to enter or stay)

      If any of these apply to you, you must either apply for a visa before you travel, or apply for permission to enter from a Border Force Officer at the UK border.

      However, note that Border Force Officers may not be present when you enter the UK from Ireland, as there are usually no immigration controls in place for these journeys.

      How Can IAS Help?

      Travelling to the UK from Ireland can be a simple process for many.

      However, certain travellers will need to take additional precautions and pay attention to travel advice in order to make the journey.

      If you’re unsure about the steps you need to take to travel to the UK from Ireland, or you need help establishing your eligibility for one of the approved categories, IAS can help.

      We are immigration experts dedicated to helping each and every one of our clients with their immigration needs. Whether you need help applying for UK visas, need clarification on UK government guidance, or you’re looking to immigrate to the UK long-term, we can help.

      For more information about the services we provide and what we can do for you, reach out to us on (+353) 061 518 025 , or contact us online today.

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