Britain and Ireland on 6 October 2014 inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on new joint Visa cooperation. The agreement was signed at the Irish Embassy in London by UK home secretary Theresa May and Irish Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald.
According to the MoU that was ratified by the British and Irish governments, the non-European travelers to these nations will be provided with a common short-stay visa. With this short-stay visa, travelers from outside the European Union will be allowed to move freely between the two jurisdictions on a single permit.
This visa deal will help the two countries in sharing data and exchange information to inform and determine immigration decisions, which will also ease the visitors of the two nations
India and China will be the first two non-EU countries that will be benefited from the new regime. The British-Irish Visa Scheme would start in China by the end of October 2014 and in India soon afterwards.
Comment: It seems that the facility of single permit for visit to two nations would help them in attracting travelers. The facility would attract travelers because it facilitates the travelers to travel freely in the borders of the two countries without any hassle.
Who: Britain and Ireland
When: 6 October 2014