Irish Republic

Irish Republic

For the full 2020 data please visit our 2020 inbound data page here. For Q1 (January -March 2020) data please visit our UK and regional quarterly data pages. 

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

Measure2021
Population (m)5.0
GDP per capita PPP (US$)100,855
Annual average GDP growth over past decade (%)7.9
Annual GDP growth (%)14.7

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 impact of the Covid-19 pandemic led to a 65% reduction in seat capacity from Ireland to the UK in 2020
  • The current rate of Air Passenger Duty for visitors departing Britain for the Irish Republic is £13