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Northern Ireland Protocol: Immigration Controls

Question for Home Office

UIN 33129, tabled on 14 July 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to review the Universal Permission to Travel requirements as a result of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Answered on

19 July 2021

The Common Travel Area facilitates the free movement of people between the United Kingdom, Crown Dependencies, and Ireland.

As now, the UK will not operate routine immigration controls on journeys from within the Common Travel Area, with no immigration controls whatsoever on the Republic of Ireland-Northern Ireland land border given the Common Travel Area Arrangements and Ireland not being part of the EU’s Schengen Border Free Area.

However, as now, individuals arriving in the UK from will need to continue to enter in line with the UK’s immigration framework including the Universal Permission to Travel requirement (except British and Irish citizens) when it is introduced.

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