Yes, yes, yes, you finally can. That country most of us know by way of Irish pubs, Colin Farrell’s sexy accent and James Joyce (if you have a literary bent) is finally open to UK visa holders. For details, read this news piece.
The rule will be applicable from July 2011 to October 2012, and this is what it means:
- You don’t need a separate Irish visa to visit Ireland if you have a multiple entry British Visa. If you have a UK tourist or business visa or residency, you are now free to cross over to the Republic of Ireland.
- You must first enter via UK. But then you can drive, fly or boat it to Ireland as many times as you want (depending on the terms of your visa).
- Here are your savings: 60 euros (the Irish visa fee), hours of painful paperwork and red tape, and the bloody anxiety of whether you will get the visa or not.
So don’t hesitate to include Ireland on your itinerary, if you visiting the British Isles. They have the loveliest of accents and there are not many countries that are this generous to us Indians
For more on visas to visit Europe, read here.
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