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What is Brexit?

The UK’s decision to leave the European Union (EU), or Brexit, was the result of a referendum in 2016. On 29 March 2017, the UK Prime Minister triggered the withdrawal process (Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty), formally beginning the UK’s exit from the EU.

Which Government notices are relevant to tourism?

The following is not an exhaustive list and you are advised to check and keep checking the UK Government website for updated information.

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

Airlines, hauliers and passenger bus and coach operators will continue to be able to provide services to and from the EU in a ‘no deal’ scenario.

Passenger travel to the EU by air, rail to sea after Brexit

Prepare to drive in the EU after Brexit

Consumer rights after Brexit

Banking and financial services

Mobile roaming

Visiting the UK after Brexit

Employing EU Nationals

Labour availability is a key issue for the industry.  Current advice and guidance is available at the following notice:

Stay in the UK after it leaves the EU

Common Travel Area

The Common Travel Area between the UK and Ireland (CTA) will remain in place with Irish and British citizens able to continue to travel freely within the CTA.

Where can I find more information on Brexit?

The UK Government has produced guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there is a ‘no deal’ outcome. We strongly encourage all tourism businesses to review this information closely.

The UK Government first issued ‘technical notices’ in August 2018 with a focus on a no-deal scenario and continues to update these daily.  As this is a rapidly changing operating environment you can subscribe to receive updates by registering for Information about EU Exit including the article 50 process, negotiations, and announcements about policy changes as a result of EU Exit.

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

What guidance can I get from business advice agencies?

Invest NI – Get Ready for Brexit offers a one-stop resource of best practice guides, information advice and support and includes an on-line assessment tool.

Intertrade Ireland offers practical tools and advice including online learning for SMEs, Cross-Border businesses and Brexit service providers.

Information Commissioner's Office offers guidance and resources for Data Protection and Brexit.

Prepare your business for leaving the EU UK Government information leaflet for SMEs.

What is Tourism NI doing?

Tourism performance and the capacity to maintain what has been consistent tourism growth is a key priority. While the Department for the Economy (DfE) takes the lead in matters relating to tourism, Tourism NI is responding in a number of immediate ways:

  • Increased PR and marketing activity in the Republic of Ireland
  • A major domestic marketing campaign to encourage more Northern Ireland ‘staycations’
  • Increased activity in the incentive market to draw high value visitors to Northern Ireland
  • Uplifting activity within the golf sector to drive increased spend before and after the Open Championship
  • Supporting Tourism Ireland’s media activity
  • Uplifting activity within the food segment to maximise the Best Food Destination Awards of World Travel Market

What additional information is available?

The need for future planning and preparation for all our tourism businesses is more important now than ever. Remaining competitive will be central to sustainability and growth.

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.

Click here to download Tourism NI's Assessment of UK Government Technical Notices on the UK's exit from the EU. 

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Information accurate at 21 March 2019


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.