Travel within the Common Travel Area

Under the Common Travel Area (CTA), Irish and British citizens move freely and reside in either jurisdiction and enjoy associated rights and entitlements including access to employment, healthcare, education, social benefits, and the right to vote in certain elections.

The Common Travel Area pre-dates Irish and UK membership of the EU and is not dependent on it. Both the Government of Ireland and the UK Government have committed to maintaining the CTA in all circumstances.


What this means:

The land border between Ireland and Northern Ireland will continue, as it does now, to remain free of any systematic immigration controls.

Irish and British Citizens do not need to take any action to protect their right to live in and move freely within the Common Travel Area. 

The status of British citizens in Ireland will remain unchanged.   British citizens will not need a visa or any form of prior permission to travel to Ireland, any form of residence permit or employment permit. They will continue to enjoy the right to live, work, study and access services and to vote in certain elections as is currently the case.


Non-EU/EEA nationals who are living in Ireland as a family member of a  British citizen, or who intend to move to Ireland, can click here for further information.

For more information on the Common Travel Area please click here: