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Common Travel Area


The common travel area comprises the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland. Subject to a number of detailed exceptions, journeys within the area are not subject to immigration control. For practical purposes this means that British and Irish citizens are free to move and to settle within the common travel area. While Ireland and the United Kingdom are both members of the European Union their citizens and citizens of all other Member States enjoy free movement rights under Treaty. After Brexit, citizens of EU Member States other than Ireland will no longer enjoy free movement rights and will be subject to immigration control on entering the United Kingdom. If there is an effective deal between the United Kingdom and the European Union there will be a transition period lasting 21 months during which free movement rights will continue. See section 9(2) and Schedule 4 of the Immigration Act 1971.

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