With the Brexit deadline looming, Ireland has offered some reassurance for UK tourists hoping to visit the country after January 31st. It has been confirmed that UK tourists will not need a passport to enter Ireland post-Brexit, regardless of whether we leave with or without a deal, and travel arrangements will continue as usual.

Unbeknown to many, UK tourists have been able to travel between the two islands without a passport or a visa since 1923, when the Common Travel Area agreement was passed. Instead, they are required to show photo ID in the form of a driving license on arrival in Ireland. The exception, however, is those travelling with low-budget Irish airline, Ryanair. It is mandatory for all passengers to carry a passport when travelling with the airline.

Ireland is a popular tourist destination and with several European Championship football matches due to take place in Galway this year, the country won’t be dropping off the radar anytime soon. Galway has also been named the European Capital of Culture 2020. According to travelmole.com, 4.7 million tourists visited Ireland in 2018, contributing  to over 40% of the total number of visits. They also revealed that over half of British people planning a short break in 2020 are considering visiting Ireland.

Despite only crossing the water, travel insurance is still an essential travel document for anyone looking to visit Ireland. Protection against cancellation, curtailment, personal possessions and medical expenses, in particular repatriation costs, should all be covered as standard. Tourists are advised to ensure the cover levels are suitable for their trip, and that all existing medical conditions have been declared.

Over the coming week, as the Brexit deadline nears, it is likely we will have a clearer understanding of how holiday plans will be affected. You can stay up to date with the latest Brexit information here.