Great Britain and Ireland Declare an Intention to Create a Uniform Visa

In the Fall 2013, the governments of 2 countries – the UK and Ireland – are going to introduce a new visa scheme to attract more foreigners; it will allow tourists and business travelers to enter the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland with a single visa.

This project is reflected by the recently published report on economic cooperation between the two countries.

It is also planned to issue uniform entry permits by the united visa centers abroad.

As early as 2011, Ireland simplified the visa requirements for tourists of non-European countries, including Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, which had a valid UK visa. This approach paid off. During the first year of the new regulations, the Republic of Ireland has got nearly a quarter more citizens of these countries; therefore, the program is going to be extended until 2016.