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Visa Office Opening Hours

Monday, Wednesday and Friday ONLY, 10:00 – 13:00 & 14:00 – 16:00

No appointment necessary.

The Visa Office is closed on Tuesday and Thursday.

Visas for Ireland

Check if you need a visa by clicking here to enter your nationality and visit details.

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

Once the online form is completed and accompanied by the required documents listed in the ‘Types of Visa and Supporting Documents’ tab, visa applications can be handed in at the Embassy.

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.


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.

Ireland is not part of the Schengen Zone and therefore Schengen visas are not valid for travel to Ireland.

A Belgian residence permit/card does not entitle you to travel to Ireland without a visa and a valid national passport.

You cannot travel to Northern Ireland on an Irish visa. To visit Northern Ireland you must have a UK visa.

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


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:



Saint Kitts and Nevis

Antigua and Barbuda


Saint Lucia


Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region)

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines






San Marino









Slovak Republic






Solomon Islands



South Africa



South Korea








Macau (Special Administrative Region)





Costa Rica








Trinidad and Tobago

Czech Republic





United Kingdom, British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies


Netherlands, The

United States of America

El Salvador

New Zealand







Vatican City



















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 - Short Stay Visa Waiver Programme

If you already hold a valid UK visa, and you are from one of the countries listed below only, and your visit to Ireland ends before your UK visa expires, you may be able to travel from the UK to Ireland without needing an Irish visa. Click here for further information.

​Irish Short Stay Visa Waiver Programme Qualifying Nationalities

Eastern Europe

Middle East





​Bosnia and Herzegovina





People's Republic of China*

Russian Federation




Saudi Arabia



United Arab Emirates





*Notes: In the case of China, nationals of the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau are already on the list of those nationals who do not require a visa to travel to Ireland. In the case of nationals from the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar, the United Kingdom (UK) Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW) cannot be used to travel to Ireland from a third country. The EVW is only valid for a single journey and the passenger has to specify the exact flight he or she will be getting to the UK. With an EVW the traveler can fly to the UK and directly onto Ireland within the allowed time period, without an Irish visa; but only if they fly directly from the UK to Ireland.

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:









Sri Lanka

Democratic Republic of the Congo







Moldova, republic of


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

Submitting your application

Please note that this information relates to visa-required nationals who reside in Belgium. This Embassy does not accept applications from visa-required nationals who are not resident in Belgium.

You need to:

1. Complete the online application form
2. Print the 3 page Summary Sheet at the end of the online application, then sign and date it
3. Ensure you have all the required supporting documentation (see Types of Visa and Supporting Documents tab and select the type of visa you are applying for)
4. Check your passport photos meet the Photo Requirements (2 photos are required)
5. Pay the visa fee, if necessary (see Fees tab below)
6. 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 submit your application in person on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (10:00 -13:00 & 14:00 – 16:00) only. The Visa Office is closed on Tuesday and Thursday. 

You may also send your application to the above address by registered post.

Processing Times

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

Certain types of application can take longer to process and waiting times can be longer at peak periods.

While the Embassy endeavors to process all visa applications as soon as possible, we would advise applicants to submit their applications as early as possible.

Please note that processing commences once a completed application form and all the required documents are received at the Embassy.

Referrals to INIS Dublin

Certain short-stay visas and all long-stay visa applications submitted in Brussels must be forwarded 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.

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 translator.

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 to ensure that your application is fully complete before submitting it for consideration. The submission of an incomplete application 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.


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


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.

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


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:


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 €10 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

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  

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.

Immigration control

An Irish visa allows you to travel to Ireland, it does not give you permission to enter the country. You can be refused entry even if you have a visa.

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

Border control

When you arrive at border control, you can be asked to prove that you have sufficient reason for entering Ireland to the immigration officer.

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

Suggested documents to present at border control

  • Passport and visa
  • Travel plan confirmations (printed emails or letters)
  • Study plan confirmations (printed emails or letters)
  • Accommodation plan confirmations (printed emails or letters)
  • Travel/medical insurance: an original insurance certificate (or confirmation document) that indicates you have travel/medical insurance adequate to cover you when in Ireland

Border control conditions for children (aged under 18)

A child should have copies of documents used in their visa application when travelling, with parental letter of consent. This allows the immigration officer to make a decision and protects the safety of the child.

If a child arrives at border with an adult, the immigration officer will ask for proof of the relationship between the child and the adult(s) they are travelling with and/or adult(s) meeting them after they cross the border.

Length of stay

If you cannot satisfy the immigration officer, you will not be allowed into Ireland.

If you are given permission to enter, the officer will place a “landing stamp” in your passport. The landing stamps shows the reason of your visit and how long you can stay, up to a maximum of 90 days.

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.


If you are 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

You must leave the country before your permission expires. It is against the law to remain here without permission. There are no visa checks on the way out and your passport will not be stamped.

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.

What are your opening times?

The Visa Office (public counter and telephone) is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 16:00.

Outside these times, you can contact us via the form on the Contact Us page and we will respond as soon as possible.

The Visa Section is closed on Tuesday and Thursday.

Can I track my visa application online?

There is no online tracking facility.

You will be informed of the result of your application as soon as a decision is available.

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

Yes. You should also note that your residence permit for Belgium must be valid for at least 3 months after you leave Ireland.

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 less than 6 months.

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.

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.


Can the Embassy post my passport to my address?

This is possible, provided the €10 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.

L’Irlande ne faisant pas partie de la zone de voyage Schengen, un « Titre de Séjour » belge ou une « Carte de résident » ne vous autorise pas automatiquement à voyager sans visa.

Les ressortissants de quelques pays situés en dehors de l’Europe n’ont pas besoin de visa. Vérifiez s’il vous faut un visa ici.

Si un visa est nécessaire, les informations ci-dessous constituent un bref résumé destiné aux demandeurs de visas irlandais francophones résidant en Belgique.

Veuillez noter que le formulaire électronique et les listes de documents supplémentaires sont uniquement disponibles en anglais.

Vous devez:
1. Remplissez le formulaire de demande en ligne (disponible uniquement en anglais), mais un document d'assistance en français est disponible ici.
2. Après avoir rempli le formulaire de demande en ligne, une feuille de résumé de 3 pages vous sera présentée. Imprimez la feuille de résumé de 3 pages à la fin de la demande en ligne, puis signez-la et datez-la.
3. Assurez-vous de disposer de tous les documents justificatifs requis (voir l'onglet «Types of Visa and Supporting Documents» et sélectionnez le type de visa pour lequel vous postulez - disponible en anglais uniquement). TOUTES LES DEMANDES ONT DES DOCUMENTS SUPPLÉMENTAIRES, pas seulement le formulaire en ligne.
4. Vérifiez que vos photos de passeport respectent les exigences en matière de photo (2 photos en format de passeport sont requises)
5. Si nécessaire, payer les frais de visa (voir l'onglet «Fees»)
6. Le formulaire de demande imprimé en ligne ainsi que les documents supplémentaires doivent être soumis en personne ou envoyés par poste recommandé / courrier à l'adresse suivante:

Visa Office,
Embassy of Ireland,
Rue Froissart 50
1040 Bruxelles

Heures d'ouverture du bureau des visas
Vous pouvez soumettre votre candidature le lundi, mercredi et vendredi UNIQUEMENT (10h00 à 13h00 et 14h00 à 16h00).

Le bureau des visas est FERMÉ les mardi et jeudi.

Le temps de traitement
Les délais de traitement des visas de court séjour sont en moyenne d’environ 4 semaines si tous les documents sont en règle. Ceci est un temps de traitement indicatif seulement.

Il n’existe pas de «procédure rapide» et il vous incombe de vous assurer que vous postulez à temps.

Ierland maakt geen deel uit de Schengen-zone en dus een Belgische verblijfskaart of vreemdelingenkaart volstaat niet om er te reizen zonder visum.

Niettemin hebben de burgers van een aantal niet-Europese landen het recht om zonder visum te reizen. U kunt hier controleren of u al dan niet een visum nodig heeft.

Indien u een visum nodig heeft, treft u hieronder een kort overzicht van de aanvraagprocedure die voorbestemd is voor nederlandstalige visumaanvragers in België.

Neem er aub nota van dat de online visumaanvragformulier en de lijsten met de nodige stanvingsstukken enkel verkrijgbaar zijn in het Engels.

U moet:

  1. De online aanvraagformulie eerst invullen;
  2. Nadat u deze formulier ingevuld heeft, zal er een samenvatting van 3blz verschijnen. U moet deze afprinten, ondertekenen en ons bezorgen om de procedure formeel te laten starten;
  3. Verzeker u dat u de nodige stavingsstukken meegeeft samen met de aanvraagformulier. ALLE SOORTEN VAN VISUMAANVRAGEN VERGEN BIJKOMENDE STAVINGSSTUKKEN, de aanvraagformulier alleen zal niet aanvaard worden door onze consulaire diensten. Om de juiste lijst van gevraagde stavingsstukken te bekomen, bekijk de tab ‘Types of Visa and Supporting Documents’;
  4. Verzeker u dat de pasfoto’s de juiste afmetingen hebben (2 foto’s zijn vereist voor elke aanvraag);
  5. Indien nodig, betaal de visumaanvraagkosten;
  6. De aanvraagformulier mag samen met de stavingsstukken persoonlijk afgegeven worden op onze kantoor of opgestuurd met de post naar het volgende adres:

Visa Office

Embassy of Ireland

Froissartstraat 50

1040 Brussel

Openingsuren Visumloket

U kunt uw visumaanvraag persoonlijk komen afgeven ENKEL op maandag, woensdag en vrijdag (telkens tussen 10u – 13u en 14u – 16u).

Het visumloket is GESLOTEN op dinsdag en donderdag.


De verwerking van een visum voor kort verblijf neemt gemiddeld 4 weken in beslag, van zodra wij uw volledige dossier hebben ontvangen. Dit is enkel een indicatief, gemiddeld verwerkingstijd. Er bestaat géén ‘spoedprocedure’ voor visumaanvragen. Het is uw eigen verantwoordelijkheid om op tijd uw aanvraag in te dienen.