The Department of Justice has temporarily ceased accepting new visa/ preclearance applications globally, with the exception of certain priority and emergency cases.
The Government Advisory against all non-essential international travel remains in operation. Travel restrictions are in place to protect public health and to mitigate the risk of new variants of COVID-19 entering the country. Details of these measures are available on the travel section of the www.gov.ie website. The strong advice is that everyone, regardless of their nationality or visa/preclearance status, or where they started from, who cannot provide proof of essential travel, should not travel to Ireland.
If your travel meets the strict criteria for essential travel, you may, in certain very limited circumstances, apply for an Irish visa. For further information on the priority and emergency criteria, please see the website of Immigration Service Delivery.
If your application meets the priority/emergency criteria, complete the online application form. Supporting documents may be either
1) Posted to the Embassy by registered mail or by courier.
Embassy of Ireland
2) Submitted to the Embassy in person. We receive applications on Mondays and Tuesdays 9:00 - 12:00. Contact us to book an appointment.
We would draw your attention to the fact that COVID-19 restrictions are affecting visa processing times. Once a decision has been made on your application, you will be contacted directly.
Please note, all passengers arriving in Ireland must:
- complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form
- provide evidence that you have a negative or ‘not detected’ result from a COVID-19 Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test carried out no more than 72 hours before you arrive into Ireland, or have evidence that you are exempt from this legal requirement
If you are travelling from or via a designated state then you must also pre-book and pre-pay for a place in a designated facility for mandatory hotel quarantine.
Further information is available on the travel section of the www.gov.ie website.