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
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.