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Visa Information

COVID-19 Update

The processing of short stay visa applications will resume on Monday, 13 September 2021.

All remaining Covid-19 restrictions on entry visa and preclearance processing, which were brought in as a necessary interim measure to help reduce the spread of Covid-19, have now been lifted.

The Consulate is only accepting visa/preclearance applications by mail until further notice. Applicants will need to mail their visa/preclearance application, supporting documentation, and fees in one package to the Consulate. In addition to the visa or preclearance fee, as applicable, there is an additional $13 return shipping fee for the return of the original documents. All visa, preclearance, and return shipping fees must be submitted in the form of a money order, cashier's check, or bank draft made payable to the Consulate General of Ireland.

The fees for visas are:

  • Single entry visa fee: $81
  • Multiple entry visa fee: $136
  • Transit visa fee: $34

The fee for a preclearance application is $81.

All visa applications are processed in order of receipt and travel dates are taken into due consideration. 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. Moreover, the Consulate does not offer an expediting service for visas. 

Residents of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, please see the below information for updates on visa and preclearance services: 

Please note that the Consulate General of Ireland, Boston is suspending all visa and preclearance services currently. The Consulate General of Ireland, New York will be accepting short stay and long stay visa applications and preclearance applications for the Consulate General of Ireland, Boston. We will update our website when visa/preclearance services resume at the Consulate in Boston. 

If your application summary form directs you to send your application materials to the Consulate in Boston and you plan to submit your application materials, you will need to mail your application, supporting documentation and fees in one package to the Consulate in New York. The Consulate in New York is only accepting visa/preclearance applications by mail until further notice. 

Status updates are provided by Abtran for visa applications lodged at the Consulate General of Ireland, New York. Abtran can be reached at 1 900 776 5000 or 1 800 735 5888. Fees to call Abtran are applicable.

US citizens do not require a visa for study in Ireland.  However, you must register with the immigration authorities on arrival.

The processing of Working Holiday Authorisations is suspended until further notice.  

 

Whether you need a visa to travel to Ireland depends on what country you're from. Visit the Irish Immigration Service Travel Path for more information regarding your personal requirements for travelling to Ireland.

Information on visa requirements for transiting through Ireland is available here

Please note that Ireland is not party to the Schengen Agreement, and a Schengen visa or residence permit does not entitle you to travel to Ireland without a visa.

Unless you qualify for the Short Stay Visa Waiver Programme (CURRENTLY SUSPENDED) or the British Irish Visa Scheme a valid UK visa does not entitle you to travel to Ireland without a visa. Further information on these schemes is available on the website of the Irish Immigration Service.

Note: A visa allows you to travel to Ireland only. It does not give you permission to enter the country or to stay here. An immigration officer at border control can refuse entry even if you have a visa.

 

Remember…

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

Full information on the different types of visas, required documentation, and how to apply can be found on the website of the Irish Immigration Service

Information on applying for a short-stay (less than 90 days) tourist visa is available here.

Information on coming to work in Ireland is available here.

Information on coming to study in Ireland is available here.

Information on coming to join family in Ireland is available here.

If your visa application is refused, you will receive a letter from the visa office telling you why it has been refused and if you can appeal the decision.

Further information on appealing visa decisions is available on the website of the Irish Immigration Service

All appeals are handled directly by the Irish Immigration Service

You need to:

  1. Complete the online application form 

This will generate an application summary form and declaration at the end, which you must print, sign and date.

  1. Gather your supporting documentation, passport photograph and fee.
  2. Submit your application

To complete the process, you must submit your passport and supporting documents for processing. Where you submit your application depends on where you are living. The summary application form will direct you to the relevant Embassy, Consulate or Visa Application Centre.

Check the website of the relevant Embassy or Consulate for further information on how to submit your application for processing

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

If you applied directly to an Irish Immigration Service Visa Office or if your application was referred to the Irish Immigration Service for a decision, you can check the Irish Immigration Service Visa Decision Weekly Listing using your reference number.

Further information on what to expect on arrival in Ireland can be found on the website of the Irish Immigration Service.

Information on entry for EU/EEA and Swiss nationals is available here

Information on entry for non-EU, non-EEA and non-Swiss nationals is available here.

Information on travelling with children is available here.

Information on transiting through Ireland is available here.

Check the website of the Irish Immigration Servicefor information on preclearance and entry visa fees, including information on visa fee exemptions.

You can also contact your local Embassy or Consulate for more details on fees and payment methods

Important Information

Visa applications are processed in order of receipt and travel dates are taken into due consideration. 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. Moreover, the Consulate does not offer an expediting service for visas.

 The fees for visas are:

  • Single entry visa fee: $81
  • Multiple entry visa fee: $136
  • Transit visa fee: $34

 The fee for a preclearance application is $81.

The Consulate is only accepting visa/preclearance applications by mail until further notice. Applicants will need to mail their visa/preclearance application, supporting documentation, and fees in one package to the Consulate.In addition to the visa or preclearance fee, as applicable, there is an additional $13 return shipping fee for the return of the original documents. All visa, preclearance, and return shipping fees must be submitted in the form of a money order, cashier's check, or bank draft made payable to the Consulate General of Ireland.

Status updates are provided by Abtran for visa applications lodged at the Consulate General of Ireland, New York. Abtran can be reached at 1 900 776 5000 or 1 800 735 5888. Fees to call Abtran are applicable.