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Visas for Ireland

Information regarding visa applications can be found at the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS).

Once completed and accompanied by the required documents as listed on the website, visa applications can be handed in at the Embassy. The opening hours are 10.00 – 13h00 and 14h00 – 16h00, Monday to Friday.

Please note that depending on the type and complexity of the application current processing times are 4-8 weeks and no fast-track procedure is available.

FR: Veuillez noter que la procédure peut durer jusqu’au 4-8 semaines. Aucune procédure d’urgence n’est disponible pour les demandes de visa.

NL: Houd er aub rekening mee dat de procedure t.e.m. 4-8 weken in beslag kan nemen, afhankelijk van de type en complexiteit van uw aanvraag. Er bestaat geen spoedprocedure voor visums.

Who needs a Visa?

Ireland is not a part of the Schengen Zone and therefore a Belgian residence card does not automatically enable you to travel without a visa and a valid national passport.

The Immigration Act 2014 groups countries into five different categories (schedules).

Please see Schedule 1 (below), which is a list of countries that DO NOT NEED a visa. If your country is NOT listed you must apply for a visa before you travel to Ireland.

Note: A Schengen visa or UK visa is not valid for travel to Ireland. For exceptions to this, please see Schedules 2, 3 and 4 below

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.

Schedule 1 - Countries that do not need a visa

You DO NOT NEED an entry visa for Ireland if you are a passport holder 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

Malaysia

Switzerland

Costa Rica

Maldives

Taiwan

Croatia

Malta

Tonga

Cyprus

Mexico

Trinidad and Tobago

Czech Republic

Monaco

Tuvalu

Denmark

Nauru

United Kingdom, British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies

Dominica

Netherlands, The

United States of America

El Salvador

New Zealand

Uruguay

Estonia

Nicaragua

Vanuatu

Fiji

Norway

Vatican City

Finland

Panama

 

France

Paraguay

 

Germany

Poland

 

Greece

Portugal

 

Grenada

Romania

 

Guatemala

 

 

 

Convention travel documents

If you hold Convention travel documents issued by an EEA state, please refer to Section 3. (b) (i) of S.I. No 473 of 2014 (short-stay visits only). 

Schedule 2 - Diplomatic Passport waiver programme

A holder of a diplomatic passport issued by a State or territorial entity specified below is not required to have a visa to enter Ireland

People’s Republic of China
United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Schedule 3 - Visa waiver programme

If you’re a citizen of one of these countries and you meet Visa Waiver Programme requirements, you may be able to travel on to Ireland from the UK without the need to obtain a separate Irish visa.

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

Bahrain

Montenegro

Serbia

Belarus

Oman

Thailand

Bosnia and Herzegovina

People’s Republic of China

Turkey

India

Qatar

Ukraine

Kazakhstan

Russian Federation

United Arab Emirates 

Kuwait

Saudi Arabia

Uzbekistan

NOTE: This also applies to nationals of Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates who have entered the United Kingdom on foot of a C-visit Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW)

 

Schedule 4 - British Irish Visa Scheme (BIVS)

United Kingdom visitors who are – nationals of a state or territorial entity specified in Schedule 4, AND holders of a visa issued by the competent authorities of the United Kingdom that is endorsed by those authorities with the letters “BIVS”

India People’s Republic of China

Schedule 5 - Transit Visas

If you are a citizen of one of these countries, you will need to apply for a transit visa:

Afghanistan

Ethiopia*

Moldova, Republic of

Albania

Ghana

Nigeria

Cuba

Iran

Somalia

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Iraq

Sri Lanka

Eritrea

Lebanon

Zimbabwe

  * Requirement for a transit visa waived for Ethiopian nationals transiting through the State via Dublin Airport to/from the USA and Canada.

How to Apply

Submitting your application

You need to:

  1. Complete the online application form;
  2. Gather all required supporting documentation (see tab 3), passport photographs and the fee (tab 4);
  3. The online application system will automatically request you to submit your documentation to:

Visa Office,

Embassy of Ireland,

Rue Froissart - Froissartstraat 50 

1040 Brussels

You may also send your application by registered post.

Please note that the information provided here relates to visa-required nationals who reside in Belgium.

This Embassy does not accept visa applications from visa-required nationals who are not registered residents in Belgium.

Processing Times

The processing times for short-stay visas is on average about 4 weeks if all documents are in order. Please note that this is an indicative processing time only.

Processing may take longer at certain times of the year and depending on a number of other factors such as the complexity of the application.

While the Embassy of Ireland endeavors to process all visa applications as soon as possible, we would advise applicants to submit their applications as early as possible, noting that processing commences once a completed application form and all the required documents (see tab 3) have been received.

Referrals to INIS Dublin

Certain short-stay visas and all long-stay visa applications must be sent to INIS in Dublin for decision. If INIS referral is necessary, applications can take 8-10 weeks to be processed. If this is applicable to you, you will be informed that your application has been forwarded to INIS for decision by the Visa Officer. 

Following the online application

Once I have applied online, what do I do?

  1. Refer to checklists and the Types of Visa and Documentation (tab 3) to ensure that you have all of the documents required to support your application.
  2. Check the Visa Fees (tab 4) to find out about the current visa fees.
  3. Check the Photo Requirements page to ensure that you are providing an appropriate photo.
  4. Once you have checked all of the above, submit your application with the required documents to the Embassy. The application must include:
  • The online summary sheet signed and dated by you
  • One passport photograph
  • Current passport and any previous passports (or copies of previous passports if originals unavailable)
  • All required supporting documents
  • The visa fee (if required)

Information note to assist applicants with the online application form

An information note has been prepared to assist applicants completing the online application form. This is available in:

Note on required English translations

If your application needs to be sent to INIS in Dublin for decision, all supporting documentation (bank statements, letters of employment/study, car/property ownership certificates, marriage certificates, birth certificates etc.) should be submitted in English or accompanied by a notarised translation.

Failure to translate your documents into English may result in your visa application being refused.

It is not sufficient to send in copies of your documents. All documentation submitted must be original and verifiable (e.g.) employment/study details, accommodation bookings must have correct contact details on each document. If this Office is unable to verify the information supplied this may result in your visa being refused.

The onus is on you, the applicant, to ensure that your application is fully complete before submitting it for consideration. The submission of an incomplete file may result in your application being refused.

In cases of previous visa refusals

If you have been refused a visa for any country, details of this must be given. Submit a copy of the letter issued to you by the authorities of that country, including a notarised translation if not in English. Concealment of visa refusals will result in your Irish visa application being refused.

Please note that if you provide false, fraudulent or misleading information or documentation, your application will be refused. You may also lose the right to appeal the decision. Any future applications made by you may also be refused.

If deemed necessary, additional documentation / information may be requested by the Deciding Officer upon detailed examination of the application.

Remember…

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

Contact Us

Notification

We will contact you once a decision has been made.

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.

What sort of Visa do I need?

A comprehensive list of the different visa types that are available, and the documentation required in respect of each, is available from the INIS website.

For ease of reference, separate links for some of the most common visa types are set out below.

Travelling to Ireland as a tourist

If you are a Visa-required national and you would like to visit Ireland for a short period (90 days or less) you will find useful guidelines and details of requirements for Visit/Holiday Visa applications from INIS

For further information on tourism in Ireland please visit the website of Tourism Ireland

Travelling to Ireland as a Family members of EU/EEA/Swiss citizens seeking to reply on Directive 2004/38/EC (Free Movement Directive)

Please refer to INIS for details and comprehensive information regarding these types of applications.

Travelling to Ireland on business

Business Meeting

If you are a Visa-required national and coming to Ireland for a business meeting you will find useful guidelines and details of requirements for Business Visa applications on INIS

Conference

If you are a Visa-required national and coming to Ireland for a conference, you will find useful guidelines and details of requirements for Conference Visa applications on INIS

Starting a Business in Ireland

If you are a Visa-required national and you wish to set up a business in Ireland, you will require Business Permission from the Department of Justice and Equality, prior to applying for your visa. Find more information on the INIS website

Studying in Ireland

If you require an entry visa for Ireland and would like to study here, you will find useful guidelines and details of requirements for Study Visa applications on INIS

For further information on studying in Ireland:

 

Fees

Standard non-refundable visa application processing fees are:

Single Journey Visa: €60*
Multi Journey Visa: €100*
Transit Visa: €25*

*Applicants who wish to have their passports and original documents returned by post are required to pay a €7 postage charge

We do not accept debit cards or cheques.

Fees can also be paid by bank transfer from a Belgian bank account to the following account:

Account Name – Embassy of Ireland
Bank – BNP Paribas Fortis
IBAN – BE34 0017 5539 8690
BIC – GEBABEBB

If you choose to pay by bank transfer please include your name and your visa transaction number in the subject line.

Cash payments are only accepted if a visa applicant applies personally at the Embassy; please do not send cash in postal application.

No fee required

Some applicants are not required to pay the visa processing fee. These include visa-required spouses and qualifying 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 and Herzegovina Kyrgyzstan Sri Lanka
Cote d'Ivoire Montenegro Tunisia
Ecuador Morocco Uganda
Indonesia Peru Zambia
Jamaica Republic of Macedonia  
Kosovo Serbia  

Visa 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 application history may 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. Appeals may only be lodged by you (or your guardian if a minor) and must be signed by you. Faxed or emailed 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 provision of the additional information/documentation 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 and in general, a decision should issue within 4-6 weeks.

Is there a charge?

There is no charge for lodging an appeal.

On Arrival in Ireland

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-EEA 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 Immigration Officer at the port of entry will decide your length of stay by stamping your passport; which will reflect the purpose of your journey and the amount of time you are allowed to stay in the State.

The validity period shown on your visa indicates the dates between which you must travel to Ireland. 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. 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-EEA 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 permission to remain 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 country and apply for a new visa. You can’t return to Ireland while you're waiting for a decision on your new application.

FAQs Belgium

I hold a long-stay residence permit for Belgium. Do I still need to apply for an Irish visa?

Yes

Does an Irish visa allow me to travel to Northern Ireland?

No. If you wish to travel to Northern Ireland, you will require a UK visa.

Northern Ireland consists of the counties of Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Down, Fermanagh and Tyrone.

There are certain exemptions to this, please consult the INIS website for more information.

I hold a valid UK Visa. Do I need an Irish visa to travel to Ireland?

Ireland and the UK have different visa requirements. You should first check if you need a visa for Ireland. In general, a valid UK visa does not allow travel to Ireland. For exceptions to this, please click here.

My name is not on my rent contract (one of the required documents). Is there an alternative document I can submit?

If you do not have a rent contract in your own name, you will need a ‘certificate of residence’ (or Composition de Menage/Gezinssamenstelling) issued by your local town hall to demonstrate that you are registered at your address.

My passport expires in less than 6 months. Can I still apply for an Irish visa?

No. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after you plan to leave Ireland. The Embassy cannot issue a visa if your passport expires in the next months.

Schengen Acquis

I hold a valid Schengen visa. Do I need a separate visa for Ireland?

Yes, Ireland is not part of the Schengen Acquis.

Applying for an Irish visa outside of country of residence

I will be travelling to, or already in, Belgium on a short visit before travelling to Ireland. Can I apply for my Irish visa in Brussels?

No. Visa applications should be made in your country of resident.

However, if there are valid reasons or extenuating circumstances which prevented you from doing so prior to your departure, you should discuss the matter with staff at the Embassy.

I am in Belgium but there is no Irish Embassy in my country of residence. Can I apply for my Irish visa in Brussels?

No. You should lodge your application at the Irish Embassy assigned to process applications for your country of residence.

You will find a list of Irish Embassies and Consulates on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.

Accelerated processing/Fast-Track procedure

Can my application be processed more quickly?

No fast-track procedure is available for visa applications. In order to ensure that all visa applicants receive fair and equal treatment, applications are dealt with in the order that they are received.

Post

Can the Embassy post my passport to my address?

This is possible, provided the €7 postage fee has been paid when submitting the application. Applicant should take into account that this may add 5 extra days to the waiting time.

Other questions

Further frequently asked question can also be found on the INIS website.

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.