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Visas for Ireland

If you want to enter Ireland, you may need a visa. Full information on visa requirements, types and the application process can be found on the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS), which is primarily responsible for dealing with immigration and visa matters.

Fees

Standard non-refundable visa application processing fees are:

Good for a single journey in transit through the State $34
Good for a single journey to the State $81
Good for multiple entries to the State $136
Working Holiday Authorisation $339

If you wish to have your visa mailed to you instead of picking up at the Consulate please include an additional $15 for overnight FedEx charges. All visa and postage fees must be submitted in the form of a money order/cashier's check made out to Consulate General of Ireland and included with your application materials.

Supporting documentation

All applications must include required documentation listed in the "Guide to Supporting Documentation" specific to each visa category on the INIS website.

No fee required

Some applicants don't have to pay a fee for their visa. To confirm whether or not citizens from your country must pay a visa fee, please check the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS).

Processing time

The average processing time for visa applications is six - eight weeks, provided that all correct application materials and supporting documents are submitted. The Consulate General of Ireland cannot guarantee that a decision will be made by your intended travel date, if less than the required processing time is given. Applications are processed in the order in which they are received, with consideration given to travel dates. Visa applications cannot be expedited.

Processing time is largely dependent on the completeness of the application when it is received. Processing time can be longer if the documentation provided is incomplete and requires follow-up with the applicant. In certain circumstances, applications may need to be forwarded to the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service for final decision. Processing time for these applications can be considerably longer (up to six months).

Please note that status updates will not be provided for visa applications.  Enquiries regarding status updates (phone, email, or in person) will not receive a response. It is not possible to track an application's status online.

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.