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Visa Notification

As part of the combined efforts to tackle COVID-19 and to ensure customer safety, we have taken the decision to temporarily cease accepting new visa applications. This is effective from close of business 20th of March 2020.

Certain priority/emergency cases will continue to be processed. For further information please see the website of Immigration Service Delivery. For priority/emergency visa applications, please contact us directly so that we can guide you through the application process and advise you how to submit your documentation.

Visas for Ireland

Check if you need a Visa for Ireland

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 the current processing time is 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. 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.

You can check if you need an Irish visa on the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS).

Please note that Ireland is not in the Schengen Area, and a Schengen visa or a Belgian residence card/permit does not entitle you to travel to Ireland without a visa.

You cannot travel to Northern Ireland on an Irish visa.

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



















Short Stay Visa Waiver Programme

If you already hold a valid UK visa, and you are from one of the countries that are part of the Irish Short Stay Visa Waiver Programme, 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.

Unless you qualify for the Short Stay Visa Waiver Programme, a valid UK visa does not entitle you to travel to Ireland without a visa.

[Convention] Travel Documents

In certain circumstances, holders of Convention Travel Documents may not need a visa for Ireland. You can check if you need a visa on the INIS website.

Holders of the 1951 Convention Travel Document issued by Belgium (“blue passport”) do not require a visa for Ireland (see example).

Holders of the 1954 Convention Travel Document issued by Belgium (“grey passport”) need a visa for Ireland (see example).

Holders of the Travel Document issued by Belgium to Stateless persons (“red passport”) need a visa for Ireland (see example).

Suggestions for documentation you may wish to carry with you if travelling on a ‘Travel Document’ can be found in the ‘On arrival in Ireland’ tab below.

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)

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.

More information on Transit Visas can be found on the INIS website


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.

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.

Long Stay Visas

A long stay is any trip to Ireland that is more than 90 days. Check if you need a long stay visa and find out more about the different types of long stay visas on the INIS website.


Note to all applicants

The onus is on you to ensure that your application is fully complete before submitting it. The submission of an incomplete application may result in lengthy delays to the processing of your application or your application being refused.


Special note on Belgian Bank Statements

The Embassy has noted an increase in visa applicants supplying versions of bank statements from Belgian banks that are not sufficient in order to meet the requirements as set out by INIS.

If we need to request new bank statement, this can cause delays in processing your application.

Please note bank statements must:

  • show your name and current address
  • show the bank account number and account type
  • include details of ALL transactions (income and expenditure) for 6 months prior to lodging your application

Detailed bank statements obtained online may be submitted but must be stamped by the bank.

Screen captures from smartphone/tablet banking apps are not acceptable.

B Post bank statements

Due to the small size of B Post bank statements, we request that if you are submitting these bank statements that you make A4 size copies of these with 3 pages of the bank statement per A4 page in chronological order. Originals will only be returned if copies are provided.


Note on required English translations

If your application needs to be sent to INIS in Dublin for decision, all supporting documentation 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.

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  

If your application has been refused, you will be sent a letter outlining the reasons for refusal.

If you still wish to travel to Ireland, you can appeal this decision within two months of receiving the refusal notice.

Further information on appealing visa decisions can be found on the INIS website. All appeals are handled directly by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS).

Further information on what to expect on arrival in Ireland can be found on the INIS website.

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

What are your opening times?

The opening hours for the Visa Office (public office and telephone lines) can be found at the top of this page.

Outside these times, you may email us via our Contact Us page and we will respond as soon as possible.

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 Visas & Ireland

I hold a valid Schengen visa. Can I travel to Ireland?

No, Ireland is not part of the Schengen area.

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. Visa applications should be made in 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.