How to prepare if you trade goods or move between Northern Ireland and Ireland in a no-deal Brexit.
If you’re in Ireland, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade provides information on how to prepare for a no-deal Brexit.
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The UK will leave the EU on 31 October. This page tells you how to prepare for Brexit. It will be updated if anything changes, including if a deal is agreed.
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Before you move or trade goods
Check the guidance on VAT on goods you move across the border.
Read the guidance explaining changes for UK exporters to Ireland after Brexit.
Importing and exporting animals, plants, food and drink, and other controlled products
There are rules and procedures you’ll need to check for exporting:
- animals, animal products, fish and fishery products
- horses and other equines, including ponies and donkeys
- manufactured goods
- food and drink
Transporting goods, materials or people
If you’re a haulier, you can use your Community Licence for journeys:
- to Ireland
- through Ireland to other EU or EEA countries
- through Ireland between Great Britain and Northern Ireland
If you operate vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating above 3.5 tonnes on international journeys, check the licences and permits you need.
Make sure any solid wood packaging meets the requirements for import and export.
Crossing the border as a visitor
Travel to Ireland will not change, even if there’s no deal. You’ll continue to be able to travel and work there in the same way as before.
If you hold a UK driving licence and you’re going to drive in Ireland, you:
- will not need an International Driving Permit
- will need a motor insurance Green Card
- should display a GB sticker on the left hand side of your number plate
If you’re an Irish citizen, you’ll be able to visit, work and study in the UK without a visa. If you live in Ireland but you’re not an Irish citizen, be aware of what you’ll need to do to visit the UK, including if you’ll need to apply for a visa.
DAERA provides information about what you’ll need to do for travelling across the border with your pet.
How services will be affected
If you live or work in a border area, check our guidance about ‘inadvertent roaming’ mobile signal and how it could affect you.
Read about Irish rules and regulations for providing services if you’re a business in a no-deal Brexit.
Moving to, working or living in Ireland
Read guidance about moving to and living in Ireland, including:
- no-deal Brexit guidance
Further information and help and support
All the information provided here is meant for guidance only and you should consider whether you need separate professional advice on how these arrangements could affect your business.
We’ve also produced a series of videos about trading with the EU in a no-deal Brexit.