Irish, UK travellers now need passport checks

- Posted in United Kingdom by Visa Bureauon 16 January 2009

Over the next five years, the government will gradually introduce a multibillion-pound electronic system monitor the 15 million people who travel between the Britain and Ireland annually, reports the Guardian.

The border between the Irish Republic and Britain had been a common travel area since the Irish Free State was established in 1922.  The Irish government has also confirmed it would introduce a new border security system to monitor illegal immigration.

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Article by Jessica Bird, UK Visa Bureau.