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THE COMMON TRAVEL AREA

The Common Travel Area (CTA) is a travel zone that comprises the Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom, Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey. In general, the CTA's internal borders are subject to minimal or non-existent border controls and can normally be crossed by British and Irish citizens with minimal identity documents.

Since 1997, the Irish government has imposed systematic identity checks on air passengers coming from the United Kingdom and selective checks on sea passengers, and occasional checks on land crossings. In 2008, the British government announced that it planned to impose systematic identity controls on air and sea passengers arriving from the Republic, but the proposals were abandoned.

The maintenance of the CTA involves considerable co-operation on immigration matters between the British and the Irish authorities.