Irish Republic

Irish Republic

From 22 May we will be working to update all of the data and documents on this page following the Office of National Statistics (ONS) revision of the International Passenger Survey (IPS) data for 2009-2018 and the released detailed 2019 data. UK data will be updated first and followed by the regional data from 27 May. Please be patient as we update these pages or contact the VisitBritain research team if you have any questions- VB/VEResearch@visitbritain.org. Thank you.

Global context

Measure2019
International tourism expenditure (US$bn)7.4
Global rank for international tourism expenditure41
Number of outbound visits (m)10.2
Most visited destinationUnited Kingdom

Key demographic and economic data

Measure2019
Population (m)4.9
GDP per capita PPP (US$)79,358
Annual average GDP growth over past decade (%)6.1
Annual average GDP growth in the past year (%)5.4

Inbound visits to Britain from Irish Republic

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Access to Britain from Irish Republic

Measure2019
Weekly aircraft departures1,085
Weekly seat capacity157,506
Airports with direct routes in Irish Republic6
Airports with direct routes in Britain26
Weekly ferry crossings51
  • The majority of visits from Ireland to Britain arrive by plane
  • In 2019, there were 1,085 direct flight departures to Britain a week, with a total seat capacity of 157,506 a week
  • airports in the Irish Republic served 26 British airports in 2019
  • The current rate of Air Passenger Duty for visitors departing Britain for the Irish Republic is £13