Now UK Ire­land on the same visa

Tourism Ire­land, along with VisitBri­tain, has re­cently in­tro­duced a sin­gle visa for its In­dian vis­i­tors that will al­low travel be­tween Ire­land and Bri­tain. Called the Bri­tish-Ir­ish Visa Scheme, it will be given out from au­tumn this year. How­ever, the exac

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The an­nounce­ment about the visa de­vel­op­ment was made by the Min­is­ter for Jus­tice & Equal­ity, Frances Fitzger­ald, T. D. on June 17, 2014. Huzan Fraser Mo­ti­vala, In­dia rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Tourism Ire­land, says, “This is a pi­lot project and a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion to the short-stay Visa Waiver Pro­gramme launched in July 2011 that al­lowed trav­ellers with a valid UK visa to travel to Ire­land. It proved to be a huge suc­cess and will be sub­sti­tuted with the new scheme.”

Mo­ti­vala adds that tourist foot­falls grew by about 20% year-on-year in the last FY that recorded an es­ti­mated 25,000 tourists. “This scheme will be ex­tended only to the In­di­ans and Chi­nese as of now as they are our big­gest source mar­kets among the de­vel­op­ing coun­tries. We will be work­ing even more closely with VisitBri­tain in

This scheme will be ex­tended only to the In­di­ans and Chi­nese as of now as they are our big­gest source mar­kets among the de­vel­op­ing coun­tries Huzan Fraser Mo­ti­vala In­dia rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Tourism Ire­land

the pro­mo­tion and oper­a­tion of the ‘Com­mon Travel Area’ – Bri­tain and Ire­land,” she says, adding that she ex­pects an in­crease of about 25% in tourist foot­falls af­ter this.

The Bri­tish- Ir­ish visa scheme was ini­ti­ated by the Ir­ish Nat­u­ral­i­sa­tion and Im­mi­gra­tion Ser­vice of the Depart­ment of Jus­tice and the UK Home Of­fice. It will op­er­ate through re­cip­ro­cal visa ar­range­ments whereby Ire­land and the UK will recog­nise short-stay visas is­sued by each other for travel to their ju­ris­dic­tion.

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