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Visas/ Working Holiday Authorisations

As of 1 June, we are now accepting all long stay visa and preclearance applications.

Please visit the website of Immigration Service Delivery for more detail.

We would draw your attention to the fact that Covid-19 restrictions are severely affecting visa processing times. Priority and emergency applications may take longer than usual to be processed. Once a decision has been made on your application, you will be contacted directly.

In order to ensure that resources can be used to best effect, we ask that you do not contact the Consulate to seek updates on your application.

As of 13 September, we are now accepting short stay visa applications.

The Minister for Justice, Heather Humphreys TD, and the Minister of State for Law Reform, Youth Justice and Immigration, James Browne TD, have announced the resumption of short stay entry visa processing. The move will come into effect from Monday, 13 September 2021.

The move to resume short stay visa processing is in line with the next phase of the Government’s response to the pandemic, Covid-19: Reframing the Challenge, Continuing Our Recovery and Reconnecting.

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.

All travellers arriving into Ireland must continue to comply fully with measures required by law including producing proof of vaccination, recovery from Covid-19 or a negative PCR test.

If you are unsure as to whether you require a visa/preclearance to enter Ireland you can check here by entering your nationality.


US citizens do not require a visa for study in Ireland. However, you must register with the immigration authorities on arrival. If your university is delivering your course of study online only for the next semester, you should not travel to Ireland at this time. 


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

Updated information is available on the website, the website of the Irish Immigration Service, and on this Department’s country specific travel pages.

For more information, please refer to the Visas section of our website.


*Please note if you are travelling from or via a designated state then you must also pre-book and pre-pay for a place in a designated facility for mandatory hotel quarantine.

Further information is available on the travel section of the website.




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