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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.

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

Please see the INIS website which is available in most languages including French.

Who needs a Visa?

Ireland is not a signatory to the Schengen Agreement therefore a French Titre de Séjour or Carte de résident does not entitle you to travel without a visa.

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

The Immigration Act 2004 groups countries into three different categories (schedules) according to their visa requirements.

If your country is not listed in one of these schedules, you must apply for a visa before you travel to Ireland

Note: A Schengen visa or UK D visa is not valid for travel to Ireland.

Find out more if you have an EU Family member residence card.

 

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 Lucia

Antigua and Barbuda

Honduras

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Argentina

Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region)

Samoa

Australia

Hungary

San Marino

Austria

Iceland

Seychelles

Bahamas

Israel

Singapore

Barbados

Italy

Slovak Republic

Belgium

Japan

Slovenia

Belize

Kiribati

Solomon Islands

Bolivia

Latvia

South Africa

Botswana

Lesotho

South Korea

Brazil

Liechtenstein

Spain

Brunei

Lithuania

Swaziland

Bulgaria

Luxembourg

Sweden

Canada

Macau (Special Administrative Region)

Switzerland

Chile

Malaysia

Taiwan

Costa Rica

Maldives

Tonga

Croatia

Malta

Trinidad and Tobago

Cyprus

Mexico

Tuvalu

Czech Republic

Monaco

United Kingdom, British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies

Denmark

Nauru

United States of America

Dominica

Netherlands, The

Uruguay

El Salvador

New Zealand

Vanuatu

Estonia

Nicaragua

Vatican City

Fiji

Norway

 

Finland

Panama

 

France

Paraguay

 

Germany

Poland

 

Greece

Portugal

 

Grenada

Romania

 

Guatemala

Saint Kitts and Nevis

 

 

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 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

Ghana

Nigeria

Albania

Georgia

Somalia

Cuba

Iran

Sri Lanka

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Iraq

Ukraine

Eritrea

Lebanon

Zimbabwe

Ethiopia*

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.

How to Apply

Submitting your application

You need to:

Complete the online application form: click here to apply

Gather your support documentation, passport photograph and fee

The online application system will automatically request you to submit your documentation to:

Visa Office, Embassy of Ireland, 4 rue Rude, 75116 Paris.

Please note that the information provided below related to visa-required nationals who reside in France. The Embassy of Ireland cannot accept visa applications from visa-required nationals who do not reside in France.

Processing Times

The processing times for visa applications vary depending on the visa type:

Business visas: 5-10 working days from the date of receipt of a complete application.

Visit visas: up to 4 weeks from the date of receipt of a complete application.
The Embassy endeavours to expedite applications from spouses or qualifying members of EEA citizens.

Study Visas: minimum of 8-10 weeks from the date of receipt in this office (please see below).

Please note that these are indicative processing times only. Processing may take longer at certain times of the year and depending on a number of other factors such as the complexity of the application.

While the Embassy of Ireland endeavours to process and decide on visa applications as soon as possible, we would advise applicants to submit their applications 4 weeks in advance of their desired travel dates, noting that the 4 week period commences once a complete application with all required documents has been received.

Please note that a limited number of applications are required to be sent to INIS in Dublin for decision, for example students intending to undertake a period of study in Ireland or research visas. Current processing times at INIS can take up to 8 weeks. If this is applicable to you, you will be informed that your application has been forwarded to INIS for decision. In this event, applicants should direct any queries to INIS directly.

Following the online application

  1. Once I have applied online, what do I do?
  2. Refer to checklists and the Types of Visa and Documentation tab of this website to ensure that you have all of the documents required to support your application.
  3. Check the Photo Requirements page to ensure that you are providing an appropriate photo.
  4. Once you have checked all of the above, submit your application to the address given by the system. The application must include:
  • The online summary sheet signed by you
  • Current passport and any previous passports (or copies of previous passports if originals unavailable)
  • All required supporting documents
  • The visa fee (if required)

Information note to assist applicants with the online application form

An information note has been prepared to assist applicants completing the online application form. This is available in:

If your application needs to be sent to INIS in Dublin for decision, all supporting documentation (bank statements, letters of employment/study, car/property ownership certificates, marriage certificates, birth certificates etc.) 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. It is not sufficient to send in copies of your documents. All documentation submitted must be original and verifiable (e.g.) employment/study details, accommodation bookings must have correct contact details on each document. If this Office is unable to verify the information supplied this may result in your visa being refused.

The onus is on you, the applicant, to ensure that your application is fully complete before submitting it for consideration. You should note that if you submit an incomplete application, it may result in your application being refused.

If you have been refused a visa for any country, details of this must be given. Submit a copy of the letter issued to you by the authorities of that country, including a notarised translation if not in English. Concealment of visa refusals will result in your Irish visa application being refused.

Please note that if you provide false, fraudulent or misleading information or documentation, your application will be refused. You may also lose the right to appeal the decision. Any future applications made by you may also be refused.

If deemed necessary, additional documentation / information may be requested by the Deciding Officer upon detailed examination of the application.

Remember...

If you submit false or misleading information in support of your application, you may become liable for prosecution and/or deportation.

Contact Us

Notification

We will contact you once a decision has been made.

Need more information?

Visit the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) website to find out what you need to know before you apply for a visa.

Types of Visa and Documentation

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 reply on 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:

Fees

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 should include a €10 postage fee and a self-addressed envelope.

We do not accept debit or credit cards. The Embassy accept Euro-cheques drawn from a France bank account made payable to Ambassade d'Irlande.

Cash payments are only accepted if a visa applicant applies in person 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 Kyrgyzstan Sri Lanka
Cote d'Ivoire Montenegro Tunisia
Ecuador Morocco Uganda
Indonesia Peru Zambia
Jamaica Republic of Macedonia  
Kosovo Serbia  

 

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. 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 allows you to travel to Ireland, it does not give you permission to enter the country. You can be refused entry even if you have a visa.

All non-EEA citizens, whether they need a visa or not, will be subject to ordinary immigration controls at the port of entry.

Border control

When you arrive at border control, you must prove that you have a solid reason for entering Ireland to the immigration officer.

As well as your visa, an Immigration Officer may ask to see additional information.

Suggested documents to present at border control

  • Passport and visa
  • A photocopy of your application summary sheet from AVATS
  • 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

Border control conditions for children (aged under 18)

A child should have copies of documents used in their visa application when travelling, with parental letter of consent. This allows the immigration officer to make a decision and protects the safety of the child.

If a child arrives at border with an adult, the immigration officer will ask for proof of the relationship between the child and the adult(s) they are travelling with and/or adult(s) meeting them after they cross the border.

If a child arrives alone at the control border, the immigration officer may ask for proof of the relationship between the child and the adult(s) meeting them after they cross the border.

Length of stay

If you cannot satisfy the immigration officer, you will not be allowed into Ireland.

If you are given permission to enter, the officer will place a “landing stamp” in your passport. The landing stamps shows the reason of your visit and how long you can stay, up to a maximum of 90 days.

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 are 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

You must leave the country before your permission expires. It is against the law to remain here without permission. There are no visa checks on the way out and your passport will not be stamped.

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.