Visa scheme aims to attract millions of overseas tourists
The Government’s visa waiver programme has been launched today in a bid to attract millions of tourists.
The short-stay scheme will allow visitors from 16 countries including China and Russia to travel to Ireland without a visa as long as they have entered Britain with a valid visa.
It will run from tomorrow as a pilot programme until October 2012.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny described the scheme as an“innovative package which is clearly focussed on encouraging more tourists from new and untraditional markets to visit Ireland.”
He added: “This Government is determined to do things differently, to operate all the levers and to work closely with industry to make that change happen for the betterment of all our citizens”.
Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore said it was an example of joined-up government that would also boost businesses that rely on visas.