Travelling to Ireland from the UK

Travel from the UK to Ireland After Brexit: For visitors from Great Britain, travelling to the island of Ireland will not change thanks to the Common Travel Area. This is an agreement which has been in place since 1923 that allows British and Irish citizens to travel between the two islands without a passport and without visa restrictions (some air and sea carriers may require passports as photo ID). However, there are extra steps you will need to take to ensure your visit is enjoyable, smooth and hassle-free following the new changes that came into effect on 1 January 2021. These include arranging adequate travel insurance, driving documentation (Green Card is required for proof of Insurance) for hired or owned cars, pet travel and using your mobile phone while overseas.

You should also check how the latest Covid-19 restrictions may affect your travel plans.


Did you know that you DO NOT need a passport to visit Ireland from England, Scotland or Wales: For visitors from Great Britain, travelling to the island of Ireland will not change. You will not need a passport or visa.


Did you know that since BREXIT you can shop DUTY FREE in Ireland: UK Duty free allowances apply, you can also reclaim a portion of VAT: Under the Retail Export Scheme, if you live outside of the EU, you can claim back a portion of the VAT on purchases made during your stay in the Republic of Ireland. Most retailers participate in this VAT refund scheme and you can ask for a VAT refund form in the store once you've made your purchases. You can claim your refunds at the airport or ports.

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Travelling from the UK to Ireland with Pets:
Since Brexit, you can no longer use a pet passport issued in Great Britain to travel to Ireland or Northern Ireland. You can still use a pet passport issued in an EU country or Northern Ireland. However, from 1 January 2021, you'll need an Animal Health Certificate (AHC) to bring your pet from Great Britain to Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland. You’ll need to allow plenty of time to arrange the relevant vaccinations and requirements with your vet before you travel – and don’t forget your pet will need a new AHC for each trip. Find out more at Taking your pet abroad and Brexit – Movement of Pets.