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I'm soon travelling with a US citizen from UK to Ireland and back by ferry.

Based on my findings, it would appear entry stamps can be issued at Irish ports coming from the UK, but not at British ports coming from Ireland.

Is this correct?

Is there any difference between specific ports? The ports of interest are Fishguard, Holyhead, Liverpool and Pembroke in the UK, and Dublin and Rosslare in Ireland.

  • I presume this is about entry stamps when Operation Gull is in effect? – gsnedders Sep 13 '17 at 13:04
  • @gsnedders Partially, but I mean in general when travelling between the two countries. – Crazydre Sep 13 '17 at 13:14
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My experiences only relate to travelling as a foot passenger:

Dublin

Dublin has several ferry terminals - the Irish Ferries one at Terminal 1 has a full, almost 'Airport Style' passport control when arriving from the UK from Holyhead. I have never not been required to show ID here and I believe they will issue entry stamps here, though I've never needed one personally.

The Stena Line terminal (arriving from Holyhead in the UK) at Terminal 2 is more rudimentary and seems to have ad-hoc passport checking. You more or less walk off the ferry here into the car park. When they do (random?) passport checks here it is usually just a couple of guards, so you may not be guaranteed to get an entry stamp. A couple of times here I've had no entry check at all and the terminal seems relatively low-staffed.

You could always ask at the port, or if no one was available and it was really necessary, there is the Guarda Immigration office on Burgh Quay in the centre of Dublin.

Holyhead

There are more often than not Police asking for ID on arrival from Dublin into Holyhead, but I don't believe there is still any formal permanent border control here - I don't recall seeing anyone getting a passport stamped here. I'm sure the staff there would be happy to advise though. I believe this is similar to the other Welsh ports, as most passenger traffic is arrivals from Ireland, which is in the UK-Ireland common travel area.

I would imagine similar set-ups in Fishguard and Birkenhead (Liverpool), i.e. non-permanent border controls on the UK side.

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