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Although, Ireland may not be on everyone’s holiday radar, 4.7 million of visited the country last year.

the west of Ireland which wan ts to see British holidaymakers – as does all of Ireland

But as a EU nation, there is some concern amongst tourist boards in the Republic that Britons may be deterred from visiting this year because, at the end of the month, we leave the EU.

Tourism Ireland – the body that promotes both the Republic and the North wants to remind us that Britons won’t need a passport after Brexit because of the Common Travel Agreement that has existed between the two nations since 1923. Pre-dating the accession by the UK and Ireland to the EU, this agreement allows citizens of Great Britain and Ireland to freely travel between the two islands without a passport and without visa restrictions.

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British tourists only need to show photo ID, such as a driving licence, on arrival in the country. The only exception is Ryanair customers, who do need a passport to travel on the airline

So, after the end of January, it will still be Brexit, it will still be business as usual.

Over half of Brits planning a short break in 2020 said they would be interested in going to Ireland according to Tourism Ireland so they will promoting the Republic as strongly as ever.

This year, Galway has been named European Capital of Culture 2020 which will boost visitor numbers to the west of Ireland considerably. In addition there will be several European Championship football matches (always a big draw along the Six Nations) and a Taste the Island festival is being held.

But in recent years the country has traded on its geographic locations linked to the successful TV series, Game of Thrones. More tours linked to the series will be available for visitors this year both in the North and the Republic.

For the Republic, Britons make up more than 40% of all its international visitors. Undoubtedly some of those numbers are made up form people visiting relatives. But the substantial part is composed of visitors attracted by heritage sites, the warmth of the welcome and the ease with which Britons can get there.

There are currently 1,600 flights per week from 23 British airports to the island of Ireland and ferry services with Irish Ferries and Stena making it just far too easy to pop over for a few days, a week or even a day trip.

The ferries also offer a ridiculously cheap fare for those who just want a day trip to grab a taste of Ireland.

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