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Visa Information

UPDATED 16 SEPTEMBER 2021

As of 13 September, short-stay visas are again being processed. All COVID-19 restrictions on entry visa and preclearance processing have therfefore been lifted. This is in line with the Government’s next phase of response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Travellers arriving into Ireland must continue to comply fully with all public health measures. For further information, please see the website of the Irish Immigration Service.

Travel restrictions remain 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 at www.gov.ie/travel and the Embassy's FAQ page.

Please note that visa applications may take up to 8 weeks to be processed. Once a decision has been made on your application, you will be contacted directly. In order to ensure that resources can be used to best effect, status updates on applications will not be provided. Any visa queries should be submitted by email only, to paris@dfa.ie 

Whether you need a visa to travel to Ireland depends on what country you're from. Visit the Irish Immigration Service Travel Path for more information regarding your personal requirements for travelling to Ireland.

Information on visa requirements for transiting through Ireland is available here.

Please note that Ireland is not party to the Schengen Agreement, and a Schengen visa or French residence permit does not entitle you to travel to Ireland without a visa.

Unless you qualify for the Short Stay Visa Waiver Programme (CURRENTLY SUSPENDED) or the British Irish Visa Scheme a valid UK visa does not entitle you to travel to Ireland without a visa. Further information on these schemes is available on the website of the Irish Immigration Service.

Note: A visa allows you to travel to Ireland only. It does not give you permission to enter the country or to stay here. An immigration officer at border control can refuse entry even if you have a visa.

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.

Information on types of visa and required documentation can be found on the Immigration Service Delivery website.

If your visa application is refused, you will receive a letter from the visa office telling you why it has been refused and if you can appeal the decision.

Further information on appealing visa decisions is available on the website of the Irish Immigration Service.

All appeals are handled directly by the Irish Immigration Service.

To apply for a visa, you must:

  • Complete the online application form, which will automatically request you to submit your documentation to the relevant Embassy
  • Check the fees information on this page
  • Compile your application, which must include:
    • The online summary sheet signed by you, with a valid photo
    • Current passport and any previous passports (or copies of previous passports if originals unavailable)
    • All required supporting documents
  • Submit this completed documentation, together with the relevant fee, the fee for return postage, and a self-addressed envelope, to the Embassy. Please note that the Embassy can only accept cheques by post. Cash is not to be sent by post in France. If you are in the viciniy of the Embassy, you may, however, drop your application materials to the Embassy letterbox with cash.

For mailed applications, the Embassy advises that you send your application by registered post or by courier. Alternatively, as referred to above, applications may be left in the Embassy post-box.

Please note that we can only process fully complete applications, and the expected timeframe of 8 weeks is from the date on which the Embassy receives a complete application. The onus is on the applicant to ensure their application is complete. Any missing documentation may result in longer processing times and potential refusal.

Further information on what to expect on arrival in Ireland can be found on the website of the Irish Immigration Service.

Information on entry for EU/EEA and Swiss nationals is available here

Information on entry for non-EU, non-EEA and non-Swiss nationals is available here.

Information on travelling with children is available here.

Information on transiting through Ireland is available here.

The visa fee is an administration fee which covers the cost of processing your application. This fee cannot be refunded if your application is refused or withdrawn. Some applicants are exempt from the requirement to pay the visa fee.

Check the website of the Irish Immigration Service for information on preclearance and entry visa fees, including information on visa fee exemptions.

Payment Details

We accept the following forms of payment:

1. Cheque made payable to Ambassade d'Irlande; or

2. Only if dropping you application to the Embassy letterbox: cash.

You must pay both the listed fee for visa processing and the price of return postage.