Irish Republic

Irish Republic

The International Passenger Survey (IPS) was suspended on 16 March 2020 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic until the start of 2021. The ONS have made every effort to produce high-quality estimates for the periods when IPS data is not being collected but have not been able to produce a full set of results therefore no data from 2020 is available on the interactive chart below. Interviewing initially began at UK airports at the start of 2021, though the IPS remained suspended at some sea ports and train stations during the year. Data for 2021 and 2022 is also excluded below as there were no interviews at Eurotunnel until July 2022 and data from Dover was only collected from Q3 2021.

Read more about 2020 inbound data2021 inbound data, 2022 quarterly data as well as the latest monthly data for 2022.

Visitor characteristics

  • There are more than twice as many male than female business visitors
  • About a third of Irish visits were made by those aged under 35, followed by the cohorts of 35-44 and 45-54
  • The majority of Irish visits are made by Irish nationals, but 17% of visiting friends and relatives (VFR) visitors are British nationals
  • 97% of departing visitors (excluding British nationals) are either 'likely' or 'extremely likely' to recommend a visit to Britain

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Global context

Measure2019
International tourism expenditure (US$bn)8.3
Global rank for international tourism expenditure39
Number of outbound visits (m)10.4
Most visited destinationUnited Kingdom

Key demographic and economic data

Measure2022
Population (m)5.1
GDP per capita PPP (US$)128,196
Annual average GDP growth over past decade (%)8.4
Annual GDP growth (%)7.8

Inbound visits to Britain from Irish Republic

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Access to Britain from Irish Republic

Measure2022
Weekly aircraft departures817
Weekly seat capacity133,655
Airports with direct routes in Irish Republic5
Airports with direct routes in Britain25
Weekly ferry crossings43
  • The majority of visits from Ireland to Britain arrive by plane
  • In 2022, there were 817 direct flight departures to Britain a week, with a total seat capacity of 133,655 a week
  • airports in the Irish Republic served 25 British airports in 2019
  • Following the severe impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, scheduled flight seat capacity from Ireland to the UK recovered to 85% of 2019 levels
  • The current rate of Air Passenger Duty for visitors departing Britain for the Irish Republic is £13