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Visas for Ireland

If you want to enter Ireland, you may need a visa. We will guide you through the application process. Many common questions are answered in Top Visa Questions.

There is a separate application process for Working Holiday Programme visas. Working Holiday schemes are for use by young people who are citizens of Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan and New Zealand who wish to stay in Ireland for an extended holiday and wish to work in order to fund their stay.

In Ireland, the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) is primarily responsible for dealing with immigration and visa matters.

Who needs a Visa?

Whether you need a visa to enter Ireland depends on what country you're from.

S.I. No 473 of 2014 groups countries into five different categories (schedules).

Please see Schedule 1, 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. Note: 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

  • Read all of the information on visas contained on the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS). Here you will find information on the different types of visas that you can apply for and on the application process, including a guide to the supporting documentation required to be submitted with your application in each case. A Visa Officer may request additional documents where necessary.
  • comprehensive guide to completing your online application is available in 8 languages.
  • When you have completed your Online Application and clicked on the Submit button, you will need to print a Summary Sheet, sign and date it.
  • If you are resident in Canada, Jamaica or the Bahamas, you will be directed to submit the signed and dated Summary Sheet, along with your passport, supporting documentation, photo and fee, to the Visa Officer, Embassy of Ireland, Suite 1105, (11th Floor), 130 Albert St., Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 5G4. You can also submit your application in person during office hours.
  • Keep the reference number from your application and quote it in any correspondence with the Embassy about your application.
  • If your application is referred to INIS for a decision, you can check the INIS Visa Decision Weekly Listing using your reference number.

Remember…

If you submit any false or misleading information, or false supporting documentation as part of your application, it may result in the refusal of your application without the right of appeal. It may also result in you being prevented from making further Irish visa applications for a period of 5 years.

Processing Times

Visa applications are considered in as speedy a manner as possible but timeframes for decision can be dependent on a number of factors including the number of applications received and the resources available to process them at any one time.

While the vast majority of applications are dealt with within a much shorter timeframe it is recommended that applicants allow 8 weeks when applying for a visa. Applicants planning on a long term or permanent stay in Ireland should allow 12 weeks.

Make sure your application is complete – any omissions will result in a delay.

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 apply under 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:

Visa Fees

Return of passport and original documents:

Visa applications within Canada: 

Please include a $15 postage fee to cover standard registered mail.  Should you prefer courier or Xpresspost, please include a prepaid self- addressed waybill/envelope with your application.

Visa applications from Jamaica and the Bahamas:

Please include a prepaid self-addressed courier envelope with your application or submit an additional $60 CAD fee to cover this.

Fee payable by:

Canadian bank draft, money order, certified or personal cheque:

payable to Embassy of Ireland in Canadian Dollars. Euro not accepted.

Credit card: please include the name on card, card number, and expiry date.  Please do not include the three or four digit security code.

Debit cards are not accepted.

Standard non-refundable visa application processing fees:

Single Journey - $100.00
Multiple Journey - $165.00
Transit - $35

Visa fee exemptions

Some applicants are exempt from the requirement to pay the visa fee. Check whether the visa fee does not apply to you. You still need to pay the return postage or courier fee. 

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.

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.