Brexit Information

 Find out about how Brexit may affect your travel plans to Dublin and the island of Ireland.

Brexit and your trip to Ireland

From 1 January 2021, you may be wondering how Brexit may affect your travel plans to Dublin and the island of Ireland.

After the transition period ends on 31st December, there will be changes which are likely to affect how you plan your trip. There may be extra steps you will need to take to ensure your visit is enjoyable, smooth and hassle-free including arranging adequate travel insurance, driving documentation, pet travel and using your mobile phone while overseas.

Regardless of the type of UK-EU agreement that is finalised, the Common Travel Area will be maintained for British citizens. Established in 1923, this arrangement allows citizens of Great Britain and Ireland to travel between the two islands without a passport or visa restrictions*.
*some air and sea carriers may require passports as photo ID

How will the following be affected from 1 January 2021 and what will I need to do?

Visa and passport requirements?
For visitors from Great Britain, the Common Travel Area will continue after the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020 regardless of the type of UK-EU arrangement that is finalised. 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. However, some carriers may still require a passport as valid photo-ID so always check with your travel provider.

Cross-border travel?
We do not anticipate any delays in border crossings between Northern Ireland (NI) and the Republic of Ireland (ROI) in either direction.

Health insurance?
Check that you have appropriate travel insurance with healthcare cover as there may be changes to the current EHIC card scheme after 31 December 2020. See https://www.gov.uk/visit-europe-1-january-2021 for information.

Car insurance and driving documentation?
Check you have the correct driving licensing and insurance documentation requirements to drive in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland, especially if you plan to travel between both. If renting a car always check in advance for any additional requirements from the car rental company.
For more information see: https://www.gov.uk/driving-abroad and http://www.carrentalcouncil.ie/

Travelling with your pet?
Visitors from Great Britain wishing to travel with a pet to Northern Ireland or to the Republic of Ireland from 1 January 2021 should refer to the new requirements and changes which will apply to both. Details can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-from-1-january-2021 and https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets/.

Mobile roaming?
Please check with your mobile phone provider to find out what charges or roaming offers may apply.

For the most up-to-date information on visiting the island of Ireland from Great Britain after Brexit, go to the official UK website (https://www.gov.uk/visit-europe-1-january-2021) and official Irish government website (https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/ac159f-travelling-and-visiting/).