Published: 27 February 2019
From: Department of the Taoiseach

A large number of businesses in Ireland have staff who are UK citizens and/or travel over and back from the UK.

Likewise, there are a large number of UK companies that operate and employ people in Ireland including Irish citizens and other nationalities.

A key concern for companies and their staff will be practical impacts including visa requirements for travelling to the UK, and recognition of professional qualifications and licences to practise.


For information on travelling to and from the UK including for business purposes, please see Travelling and Visiting section which covers a range of issues including transport, healthcare access, and mobile roaming.

Where people are travelling to the UK for work purposes, they should be aware that existing arrangements for income tax and related payments will continue. For information on this, please see here.


Irish and UK citizens will continue to enjoy their Common Travel Area (CTA) rights and privileges including to move freely between Ireland and the UK. They will continue to enjoy the right to live, work, study and access services, including health and education services, as they currently do.

Immigration requirements, as appropriate, will continue to apply to non-EU and non-UK citizens. For further information, please see here.

Professional qualifications

Professional qualifications are specific qualification requirements that a person needs to possess by law in order to access or pursue a regulated profession or to engage in regulated activities in a given country. Qualification requirements vary between professions.

Post-Brexit, there may be implications for individuals working in Ireland or another EU Member State who obtained professional qualifications in the UK, or who seek to have a qualification recognised after UK withdrawal from the EU. However, if you have already had these qualifications recognised by the relevant regulator, there will be no change and you can continue to practise in Ireland or elsewhere in the EU.

The Government has encouraged regulatory authorities in Ireland to engage with their counterparts in the UK to manage the process of continued recognition. This website will be updated with any new information.

If you have a query about your professional qualification, you should contact the relevant regulatory body for your profession.

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