Visa move designed to attract Chinese and Indian visitors

Under the British Irish Visa Scheme, Chinese and Indian nationals can travel freely around the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and now the Isle of Man using a single visit visa. The changes came into force this month following approval by the Council of Ministers.

Previously a Chinese or Indian visitor planning to travel first to Ireland and then on to the UK had to apply in advance for two visas, which required two separate application processes and fees. However, as part of the British Irish Visa Scheme the applicant now has to apply only once.

 This move makes it easier for Chinese and Indian tourists and short-stay business visitors to include the Isle of Man in their travel itinerary. For example, a Chinese or Indian national visiting Dublin will now be able to travel onwards to the Isle of Man without the need for a separate visa. It’s hoped this will provide a welcome boost to business and tourism in the Island.

The British Irish Visa Scheme currently applies only to Chinese and Indian nationals travelling on certain short-stay and visitor visas. It does not permit them to work.

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