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Visas for Ireland

If you want to enter Ireland, you may need a visa. Find out more about getting a visa to come to Ireland.

Requirements

Whether you need a visa to enter Ireland depends on what country you’re from.

The Immigration Act 2004‌‌ groups countries into three different categories (schedules) according to their visa requirements.

If your county is not listed in one of these schedules, you must apply for a visa before you travel to Ireland.

Note: A Schengen visa or UK D visa is not valid for travel to Ireland.

If you have an EU Family member residence card please click here.

Schedule 1

You do not need an entry visa for Ireland if you’re a citizen of one of these countries:

Andorra

Guyana

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Antigua and Barbuda

Honduras

Saint Lucia

Argentina

Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region)

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Australia

Hungary

Samoa

Austria

Iceland

San Marino

Bahamas

Israel

Seychelles

Barbados

Italy

Singapore

Belgium

Japan

Slovak Republic

Belize

Kiribati

Slovenia

Bolivia

Latvia

Solomon Islands

Botswana

Lesotho

South Africa

Brazil

Liechtenstein

South Korea

Brunei

Lithuania

Spain

Bulgaria

Luxembourg

Swaziland

Canada

Macau (Special Administrative Region)

Sweden

Chile

Malawi

Switzerland

Costa Rica

Malaysia

Taiwan

Croatia

Maldives

Tonga

Cyprus

Malta

Trinidad and Tobago

Czech Republic

Mexico

Tuvalu

Denmark

Monaco

United Kingdom and Colonies

Dominica

Nauru

United States of America

El Salvador

Netherlands

Uruguay

Estonia

New Zealand

Vanuatu

Fiji

Nicaragua

Vatican City

Finland

Norway

Venezuela

France

Panama

 

Germany

Paraguay

 

Greece

Poland

 

Grenada

Portugal

 

Guatemala

Romania

 

 

Convention travel documents

If you hold Convention travel documents issued by an EEA state, please refer to Immigration Act 2004 (short-stay visits only). 

Schedule 2

If you’re a citizen of one of these countries and you meet Visa Waiver Programme requirements, you may be able to travel to Ireland if you have a valid UK General C Visa.

If not, you’ll need to apply for an entry visa before you travel to Ireland.

Bahrain

Montenegro

Serbia

Belarus

Oman

Turkey

Bosnia and Herzegovina

People’s Republic of China

Ukraine

India

Qatar

United Arab Emirates

Kazakhstan

Russian Federation

Uzbekistan

Kuwait

Saudi Arabia

 

Schedule 3

If you’re a citizen of one of these countries, you’ll need to apply for a transit visa

Afghanistan

Ethiopia

Moldova

Albania

Ghana

Nigeria

Cuba

Iran

Somalia

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Iraq

Sri Lanka

Eritrea

Lebanon

Zimbabwe

Remember…

If you’re a citizen of a non-EU country, whether you need a visa or not, you will be subject to immigration control when you enter Ireland.

Application

Submitting your application

We advise you to apply for your visa 6-8 weeks before the date you plan to travel.

You need to:

1.Complete your online application form
2.Gather your supporting documentation, passport photograph and fee 
3.Submit your application for processing to the address given by the system:

  • Your nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate
  • The dedicated Visa Offices in Abu Dhabi, Abuja, Beijing, London, Moscow and New Delhi
  • Direct to INIS, Burgh Quay, Dublin 2

Remember…

If you submit false or misleading information in support of your application, you may become liable for prosecution and/or deportation.

How long does it take?

If you’re applying for a business visa and it’s being processed in an Irish Embassy or Consulate, you should have a decision within 10 working days, provided all your documentation is in order.

Some categories of visa (eg Study, Visit or Join Family visas) can take longer, depending on the time of the year.

Tracking your application

Track your application by contacting the Embassy or Consulate to which it was submitted, quoting the reference number from your application.

If you sent your application to Dublin, you should contact INIS directly.

Notification

If you applied at an Embassy or Consulate, they will contact you once a decision has been made.

If you applied directly to INIS in Dublin, or if your application was referred to INIS for a decision, you can check the INIS Visa Decision Weekly Listing using your reference number.

Need more information?

Visit the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) website to find out what you need to know before you apply for a visa.

Ireland

If you’re in Ireland and want to apply for a re-entry visa or have other queries, contact the INIS Visa Section.

Great Britain

Tel: +44 0906 66 10 197 (calls cost £1.50 per minute at all times. This number is not available to residents of Ireland or Northern Ireland)

Email: Submit your Query here

Opening hours: 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday

United States

Tel: 1900 776 5000 or 1800 735 5888 (calls cost $2.90 per minute at all times – you can pay by credit card)

Opening hours: 8.30am EST to 8.30pm EST, Monday to Friday (except Christmas Day, St Stephen’s Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday)

Fees

Standard visa fees

Standard non-refundable visa application processing fees are:

Single journey

€60

Multiple journey

€100

Transit

€25

Other charges

You may also have to pay communications charges.

More information

Contact your local Embassy or Consulate for more details on fees and payment methods.

No fee required

Some applicants don’t have to pay a fee for their visa. These include visa-required spouses and certain family members of EEA citizens (including Irish nationals). You must provide proof of the relationship with the application.

In addition, applicants from the countries listed below don’t have to pay a fee:

Bosnia

Kyrgyzstan

Sri Lanka

Cote d'Ivoire

Montenegro

Tunisia

Ecuador

Morocco

Uganda

Indonesia

Peru

Zambia

Jamaica

Republic of Macedonia

 

Kosovo

Serbia

 

Other charges

You may be charged an administration or communications fee if you’re apply from some of these countries.

Appeals

My application has been refused

If your application has been refused and you still want to travel to Ireland, you can:

  • Appeal the decision or
  • Make a new application

If you decide to make a new application, your previous immigration history will be taken into account.

Appealing the decision

You’ll be sent a letter outlining the reasons for refusal. If you believe the decision is wrong, you can make an appeal within two months of receiving the refusal notice.

How do I make an appeal?

Your appeal must be made in writing to the address specified in the letter you have received - fax or email appeals will not be considered. You should:

  • Address each refusal reason in your appeal
  • Supply clear and relevant evidence in your appeal to support your application
  • Include any further information or documentation with your appeal letter (be aware that this doesn’t guarantee approval)

The review

The Appeals Officer will review your application, taking account of any additional information or documentation that you have supplied.

On examination and review the original decision may be reversed. The Appeals Officer will notify you in writing when the decision is made.

It there a charge?

There is no charge for lodging an appeal.

Arrival

Immigration control

An Irish visa is not an entry permission. It’s a document giving you permission to present at a port of entry to ask to be admitted to Ireland.

All non-EU citizens, whether they need a visa or not, will be subject to ordinary immigration controls at the port of entry.

Additional documents

As well as your visa, an Immigration Officer may ask to see additional information such as:

  • Accommodation bookings
  • Return flights
  • Contacts in Ireland

Length of stay

The length of stay you’re permitted is decided by an Immigration Officer at the port of entry. It will reflect the purpose of your journey and will be noted on your passport.

The validity period shown on your visa indicates the dates between which you must present your visa to an Immigration Officer at a port of entry. These dates are NOT the dates between which you’re permitted to remain in Ireland.

Staying over three months

If you need a visa to enter Ireland and you want to stay longer than 90 days, apply for a 'D' type visa before you travel. In general, permission to enter on the basis of a 'C' type visa will not give you permission to remain beyond a 90 day period.

Registration

If you’re a non-EU national and you want to stay longer than three months in Ireland, you must register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau and apply for permission to remain in Ireland.

Conditions of your visa

Under Irish law, you’re not allowed to engage in any activity or to remain in Ireland for any purpose other than that for which your visa or permission to remain was granted.

Overstaying your visa

If you stay in Ireland longer than your visa permits, you could be liable for prosecution and/or deportation.

Change of activity

If you want to undertake any activity in Ireland other than that for which your visa was granted you must leave the county and apply for a new visa. You can’t return to Ireland while you’re waiting for a decision on your new application.