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I am a Belgian citizen. Do I need a passport to travel to Ireland?

Belgian citizens may travel to Ireland using a valid Belgian identity card OR a passport. The identity card has the words “Belgium Identity Card” in 4 languages (Identiteitskaart/ Carte d’identité/ Personalausweis/ Identity Card) along the top of the card (current version | previous version).

Your Belgian identity card or Belgian passport must be valid for the duration of your trip to Ireland. There is no requirement to have six months validity on your Belgian passport or identity card for travel to Ireland.

The information above applies only to Belgian citizens and does not apply to holders of Belgian residence cards.

Travelling to Northern Ireland?

Northern Ireland consists of the counties of Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Down, Fermanagh and Tyrone. Belfast is also in Northern Ireland.

Information on the requirements to travel to Northern Ireland is available from UK authorities.

Belgian residence cards issued to foreigners living in Belgium

EU/EEA citizens

Belgian E or E+ Cards, issued to non-Belgian EU citizens, cannot be used for travel to Ireland (example here). These cards, which are green in colour, are residence permits and not valid for travel to Ireland, which is not part of the Schengen Area. To travel to Ireland, you require a national passport or a national identity card issued by the EU state of which you are a citizen.

Special Identity Cards issued by the Belgian Foreign Ministry also cannot be used for travel to Ireland.

Non-EU citizens: Holders of the Verblijfstitel (NL) / Titre De Sejour (FR) / Audenthaltstitel (DE)

Residence cards / permits (short-term or long-term) issued to non-EU citizens cannot be used for travel to Ireland. An example can be seen here.

Check if you need a visa in our Visa Section.

Information on entry to Ireland for non-EU, non-EEA and non-Swiss nationals is available from the Irish Department of Justice.

Tourism Information

If you would like to request tourism information, you can request publications from Tourism Ireland in Brussels. Documentation is available for download in Dutch or French.

Tourism Ireland (in Dutch) | Ierland: De Officielle Informatiebrochure

Tourism Ireland (in French) | Irlande: Votre Magazine de Voyage