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Do I Need A Passport To Go To Ireland From UK | Know Everything

Do I Need A Passport To Go To Ireland From UK | Know Everything

For most UK citizens Ireland is the best place for international trips But many UK citizens ask: Do I need a passport to go to Ireland from the UK? The answer is no because there is an agreement called CTA and according to this, individuals from Ireland can move to the UK without a passport, and individuals from the UK can move to Ireland. 

Do I Need a Visa To Go To Ireland From The UK?

People with UK citizenship and those who belong to these following countries are not required any passport to visit Ireland:

  • Baharan
  • India
  • Oman
  • Saudi Arabia 
  • China
  • Kuwait
  • Qatar
  • Serbia
  • Turkey
  • Thailand
  • Ukraine
  • Belarus
  • Uzbekistan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Russian Federation
  • Montenegro
  • UAE
  • Herzegovina and Bosnia

Moreover, Chinese and Indians can travel to Britain and Ireland without a visa with a Brit-Irish scheme. Nationals of these countries can freely get short-stay visas that are valid for both Ireland and the UK. A visa is necessary for other countries. 

What Are The Requirements For an Ireland Visa?

The following are the requirements for an Ireland visa: 

  • Complete the visa application form from Ireland.
  • Valid passport of your country.
  • Four photographs that are not more than six months old.
  • Proof of visa payment fee.
  • Letter of your traveling purpose.
  • Legal document of your residence in your home country.
  • Details of those relatives, friends, or family members if they live in Ireland.
  • Documents of your job or study if required.
  • Proof of your financial stability. 

What Are The Requirements Of Ireland Passport?

As there is a CTA agreement between Ireland and the UK and you do not need a passport to travel to Ireland but the following are the requirements of the Ireland passport that you must know: 

  • In addition to a passport, you must keep some essential documents for your identity, such as an ID card, government-issued photographs, and a driver’s license. 
  • Under-18s are not allowed to carry documents if they are traveling with their parents, but for assistance, always keep the birth certificates of your kids with you. 
  • Non-UK nationals can not enter Ireland without a valid visa. It is a lengthy process for these individuals. They need to pass all the requirements and fulfil eligibility criteria, then go for the application, English test, and others. 
  • There are no restrictions for UK citizens to travel in Ireland; they do not need passports, but they have to maintain the border controls so as not to affect the Irish public health. If you have any such disease, try your best not to travel anywhere.

Things That You Know Before Travelling?

You must know these things before traveling to Ireland. These are listed below:

  • In Ireland, euro currency is used, while in North Ireland, pounds are used, just like in the UK.
  • In Ireland, most places visitors love to visit remain closed on Sunday, so before planning to see them, you must confirm their opening and closing hours.
  • Make bookings in advance to book a car on rent because in Ireland it is difficult to get a car on time.
  • In Ireland, there is a unique system for stopping a bus at a bus stand, drop the flag to stop the bus; otherwise, the bus will not stop.
  • Keep warm clothes and an umbrella with you because Ireland’s weather changes sooner.
  • Ireland requires a visa for some countries if you are from them and show a visa to enter Ireland. To confirm this, check Ireland’s list of required visa countries.
  • Ireland is famous for its vast 3000 beautiful castles. Remember to visit them.
  • Make sure you have an adapter with you.
  • Ireland has a driving policy to drive on the left-hand side of the road.
  • You have to keep your health insurance with you. 


Apart from hassle-free traveling in Ireland due to joint traveling agreements between these countries, you need to read these necessary exemptions before traveling: 

  • Passport checks are optional for British citizens whether you travel by air or by road. However, in some cases, due to terrorist and other criminal cases, airlines are allowed to check the passports of every single passenger. If you do not have your passport, you will be sent for police inquiries and all these matters. Always keep your passport and other traveling documents with you.
  • As Northern Ireland is considered part of the UK, you can travel freely to it, just like to other parts or countries of the UK. 
  • If you are a UK national but traveling to Ireland from another country except for the UK, you will be asked for a passport as per the immigration rules of Ireland. You will also follow the entry requirements of the country you travel to. 

Traveling Between Ireland To North Ireland

Ireland is an island consisting of two parts, Ireland and North Ireland, but they are considered different on the world map. Ireland is very close to the United Kingdom; however, North Ireland is included with the UK and is called part of it. So, if you are in the UK and the Irish government has a traveling agreement, you can travel freely to Northern Ireland and Ireland with a visa.   

However, Ireland has its own Republic, which does not allow any non-EU national to visit Ireland. There are some requirements and some specific countries that can hardly cross the Irish border. Ireland has its own government website, and the police read it carefully to avoid any hardships in the visa process.  


Traveling from the UK to Ireland is a trouble-free process for those with UK citizenship. You do not need any agreement or other visa application to travel this way. There is no need for a passport and other documents; you need your British ID card and driving license, but if you are planning to go to Ireland by air, you must have your passport they might check. The airlines do not check the passports of UK citizens, but sometimes they can check your passport, so must to avoid any problems. You must be aware of international rules when traveling.   


How long can I stay in Ireland with a UK passport?

Generally Ireland allows UK citizens to stay for three months. Visa process for people who have UK citizenship is quite easy and there is no chance of application rejection. 

Can people with green cards stay in Ireland?

Green card holders are only allowed to stay in Ireland with a purpose. They can go to visit Ireland to attend some seminars, meetings and cam stay there for up to 90 days. If you want to live there for longer consult with Irelabd travelling agencies and understand the whole procedure of getting an Ireland visa. 

Can I live in Ireland if I do not have UK citizenship?

Yes, Ireland agencies have their own immigration rules, visa process, and documentation and paperwork requirements. No other country can give you the right to go to Ireland. 

What documents do I have while traveling to Ireland from the UK?

You have to keep the following documents with you when you travel to Ireland with UK citizenship:

  • Your national identity card (ID) 
  • Citizenship card
  • UK driving licence that is valid
  • Photo of ID card that is by the government

Bringing your passport when traveling to Ireland is optional, but you must always keep it for your convenience and avoid police inquiries.  

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Khurram Amir Qureshi has been an advocate of Pakistan since 2004, a Solicitor of England and Wales since 2009, Solicitor of Ireland since 2015. He has extensive experience in family law, Immigration law, Personal injury cases, and Civil and Commercial litigation gaining over 13 years of continuous practice in England and Wales.

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