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I am arranging my travel to UK for next month. I am going to Belfast the quickest and cheapest flight I can find is one going up to Dublin saves 5hrs connecting time ...which m happy to get on then get home by road its about 150km. Now m told there is normally no border controls between the two countries. Is this true? I need to activate my spouse visa.
 

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You can't go via Dublin and expect to activate your visa.

There are no UKBA border checkpoints between the RoI and the UK, even via road.

You will have to find a different route to B'fast than via Dublin.
 

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This is true. On entering Ireland at Dublin, if you have an Irish visit visa, you will get Irish permission to enter for 3 months. They won't activate your UK visa. There is no border control when entering Northern Ireland, and you are still bound by the terms of your Irish visa/permission, and your UK spouse visa won't be activated. To do so, you need to travel outside the common travel area (e.g. France, for which you need a Schengen visa) and re-enter UK, when your spouse visa will be stamped and activated.
So travel direct to UK - it will probably end up cheaper and be much more straightforward.
 
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