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Brexit and Northern Ireland Tours: Business As Usual

Are you wondering how Brexit might affect your tour to Northern Ireland? The good news is that it's business as usual here. Our tours are running normally with absolutely no disruption.

By Derry

Has Brexit happened? Can I still travel to Northern Ireland and the UK?

These are just a couple of the questions we have been asked about Brexit.

The headline news is that Brexit has already happened.

More good news is that it's business as usual for tourism.

Our Northern Ireland tour itineraries are running as normal, with no border checks and zero disruption.

Brexit and Ireland... In A Nutshell 🥜

📅 Brexit has already happened - on January 1st 2021

🚐 We remain open for business with zero disruption to our tour schedule

☘️ Vagabond Tours is based in Republic of Ireland and remains in the EU

💷 Currencies haven’t changed. Ireland uses the euro (€) and Northern Ireland still uses pounds sterling (GB£).

🛂 Entry requirements for visitors to the UK have not changed

🏁 Our tours start and finish in Dublin. Direct flights to and from Dublin are not affected.

What Is Brexit?

Brexit is an acronym for Britain’s Exit from the European Union (EU).

The EU is a political organisation comprised of 27 European countries.

Even though each state is independent, goods and people can move freely across EU borders. Under normal circumstances, there are no customs checks and no visas or work permits required to live and work in fellow-member states.

In 2016, the United Kingdom (UK) voted as whole to leave the EU. This outcome has affected its constituent countries — England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — regardless of how they voted individually.

Following lengthy negotiations, the UK departed the EU on 1st January 2021.

Will Brexit Affect My Tour to Ireland?

The short answer is NO.

Our small-group tours of Ireland remain unaffected by Brexit

Our tours operate across the island of Ireland. This includes two countries, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Northern Ireland is part of the UK (outside the EU). The Republic of Ireland is independent and remains part of the EU.

Since January 1st 2021, when Brexit took place, there has been no impact on border crossings, security arrangements or exchange rates.

Which Tours Visit Northern Ireland?

Four of our tours cross the border both into, and out of, Northern Ireland.

Active Vagabond Tours that Visit Northern Ireland:

⛰️ 12 Day Vagabond Giant Irish Adventure Tour

🥾 7 Day Vagabond Magnetic North Adventure Tour

Relaxed Driftwood Tours that Visit Northern Ireland:

🐑 6 Day Driftwood Northern Island Tour

🚐 11 Day Driftwood Discover Ireland Tour

We will continue to monitor the situation and strive to live up to our motto:

‘We want you to love Ireland as much as we do’.

If you have any further questions or concerns about Brexit, please do not hesitate to contact us on

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