Common Travel Area

Home Office written question – answered on 23rd April 2018.

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Photo of Lord Stevenson of Balmacara Lord Stevenson of Balmacara Opposition Whip (Lords)

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to introduce (1) passport checking, and (2) body searches, at UK ports for nationals of Common Travel Area countries; and whether the introduction of such changes would require new legislation.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister for Equalities (Department for International Development)

All passengers, including British and Irish nationals, on scheduled services into UK ports from outside of the Common Travel Area (CTA) are subject to checks on arrival. British and Irish nationals arriving in the UK from within the CTA do not pass through immigration controls, though may be included in intelligence-led border security checks. This is in line with the existing CTA arrangements between the UK, Ireland and the Crown Dependencies and the UK’s legal framework as set out in the Immigration Act 1971. The Government has been clear that it intends to maintain the CTA. The introduction of routine immigration controls would require legislative change.

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