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Hi there my mother (South African) recently travelled to visit me in N Ireland and arrived in Dublin with her Uk visa in her passport. She was given great trouble at immigration in Dublin airport and threatened with being sent back . She was alone and in a wheelchair and eventually allowed entry with a warning to never do this again! She has previously traveled the same route many times with no problem. Was also told she had to activate her visa for the Uk... Just wondering if anyone else has had the same issue recently?

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    For clarity, how was she travelling onward to N Ireland? inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/non-visa-required-transit – Traveller Apr 24 at 23:23
  • @Traveller South Africa is on Ireland's visa exemption list, so a South African citizen should never require an Irish visa for any sort of transit through the Irish Republic. – phoog Apr 25 at 4:30
  • @phoog I didn’t intend to imply that they do. However the link states ‘When you arrive at the airport/seaport in Ireland, you may not pass through border control while you wait for your connection. If you do need to pass through border control, you must prove that you have a valid reason for entering Ireland to an Immigration Officer. An Immigration Officer will decide whether you can pass through border control.’ That is, the normal decision about whether to allow a visa-free national to enter or not. – Traveller Apr 25 at 7:19
  • @Traveller I see. That is of course true, but "to travel to Northern Ireland" is certainly a valid reason to enter Ireland, unless there's some requirement to "activate" the UK visa. – phoog Apr 25 at 12:57
  • Thanks for the replies - she was travelling by car , driven by myself as there's no border control between N Ireland and Republic of Ireland ( at present) she would not have come into contact with any Uk immigration at any point. – Shareen Singh Apr 28 at 22:36

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