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Electronic Travel Authorisations: Northern Ireland

Question for Northern Ireland Office

UIN 166385, tabled on 15 March 2023

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to his announcement on Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) on 9 March 2023, whether he has had further discussions with Cabinet colleagues on the potential impact of the ETA scheme on the tourism industry in Northern Ireland.

Answered on

20 March 2023

The Government remains committed to working with a wide range of stakeholders, including Tourism Ireland and Tourism Northern Ireland, to ensure the ETA requirement is communicated effectively. We will achieve this through targeted messaging, using a variety of channels, thereby mitigating against any risk of it being seen as an increased barrier to cross-border tourism on the island of Ireland

Those entering the UK, including those crossing the land border into Northern Ireland, will continue to be required to follow the UK’s immigration rules. This includes any ETA requirement when it is introduced, if it is applicable to them.

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