The Extra Mile

Can I enter the UK from Ireland with no visa?

Our travel expert has the answer

02 February 2020 - 00:00

Q. I am planning to visit the Republic of Ireland via Dubai on an SA passport. While I am there, I would like to attend a meeting in Wales and am told that if I take the ferry I will not be asked for a visa to enter the UK. Is this correct ? - Rodney Forrest

A. It would be a very convenient loophole indeed if one could travel from the Republic of Ireland to the UK without a visa. However, you will, in fact, need a visa to enter the United Kingdom if you are travelling on a South African passport, regardless of where you are travelling from or by what mode of transport...

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