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Brexit – NI advice on leaving the EU

The UK left the European Union on the 31st January 2020. The UK and the EU have agreed a transition period until the end of December 2020 and during this time the current rules on trade, travel and business for the UK and EU will continue to apply.

Inbound visitors travelling via Republic of Ireland including GB. Cross border service providers. 

The following is not an exhaustive list and you are advised to check the UK Government website as information will be updated during the transition period. Also, check NI Direct - NI advice on leaving the EU

Visiting the UK from 1 February 2020

Mobile Roaming

Buying from Europe

Passenger travel by air, rail, sea or coach

Travelling with pets

Common Travel Area (CTA)

The Common Travel Area between the UK and Ireland is a long-standing agreement enabling British and Irish citizens to move freely between, and reside in, these islands.  Both the UK and Irish Governments have committed to taking all necessary measures to ensure the agreed CTA rights and privileges are protected in all outcomes.

Employing EU Nationals

The UK government has reached an agreement with the EU that protects the rights of EU citizens and their family members living in the UK.

The EU Settlement Scheme is run by the UK government and applications are free.  The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021.  

Staying in Northern Ireland if you are an EU citizen

Future labour availability for the tourism industry is a key issue. The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) published its response on 28 January 2020 to the Home Secretary’s commission into a points-based system and salary thresholds for immigration.   The Northern Ireland Tourism Alliance’s submission to the MAC’s call for evidence can be viewed here. 

Where can I find more information during the transition period?

The UK will continue to operate as if it were an EU member state and businesses can trade with the EU as they do now until the transition period ends on 31 December 2020.

You can follow UK government updates during the transition and sign up to email alerts here.

Also, the NI Assembly Brexit Brief is a useful resource.

What guidance can I get from business advice agencies?

From 1 January 2021, if you own a business the way you trade will change, and you need to be ready to comply with new arrangements. Some details are still to be negotiated, but you should start to think about what you might need to do to prepare your business for future changes.   On-going information and advice is available from Invest NI and InterTradeIreland

What is Tourism NI doing?

Tourism performance and the capacity to maintain consistent tourism growth is a key priority.  While the Department for the Economy (DfE) leads in matters relating to tourism policy, Tourism NI will champion the development and promotion of the Northern Ireland experience to visitors and to build the value of tourism to the local economy, including:

  • Spring 2020 consumer advertising campaign in the Republic of Ireland
  • The consumer brand launch of the new experience brand, ‘Northern Ireland, Embrace a Giant Spirit‘
  • Supporting Tourism Ireland’s media activity
  • Showcasing NI to Tour Operators, Conference Organisers and Golf conventions

What additional information is available?

Grow your business is Tourism NI’s dedicated centre for advice, resources and toolkits for marketing and development opportunities open to you to grow your tourism business and customer base.

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Information accurate at 05 February 2020


The information provided here is based on Tourism NI’s own assessment of the official Government sources available at a point in time. All information is therefore subject to change at short notice. Users should refer to the links provided in order to carry out their own assessment of the information and satisfy themselves that it meets their individual requirements.

Tourism NI is not responsible for the content of external sites.