Minister for Justice announces extension of the British-Irish Visa Scheme to India

Minister for Justice announces extension of the British-Irish Visa Scheme to India

Frances Fitzgerald, T.D., Minister for Justice and Equality, today announced the extension of the British-Irish Visa Scheme to India. The British-Irish Visa Scheme facilitates nationals requiring a short-stay visa to travel freely within the Common Travel Area using a single visa issued by either Ireland or the UK.

This will mean that tourists, business visitors and other eligible visitors from India will be able, for the first time, to visit both the UK and Ireland, including moving freely between north and south of the island of Ireland on a single visa.

The Minister said: “Following the very successful launch of the scheme for China in October last, it has now been extended to India. This decision is taken jointly by the Irish and UK authorities with the aim of boosting tourism and business travel to our countries.

The British-Irish Visa Scheme is a unique opportunity for the tourism promotion bodies on both islands to jointly promote tourism travel to Ireland and the UK. With that objective Tourism Ireland and Visit Britain are working together to market the British-Irish Visa Scheme in China and India.”

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