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