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.
You do not need an entry visa for Ireland if you’re a citizen 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|
|Canada||Macau (Special Administrative Region)||Sweden|
|Cyprus||Mexico||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Denmark||Narau||United Kingdom and Colonies|
|Dominica||The Netherlands||United States of America|
|El Salvador||New Zealand||Uruguay|
Convention travel documents
If you hold a Convention travel document, please refer to Immigration Act 2004 (short-stay visits only).
If you’re a citizen of one of these countries and you meet the Visa Waiver Programme requirements, you may be able to travel to Ireland if you have a valid UK General C Visa.
If not, you’ll need to apply for an entry visa before you travel to Ireland.
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||People's Republic of China||Turkey|
|India||Qatar||United Arab Emirates|
If you're a citizen of one of these countries, you'll need to apply for a transit visa. More details and the visa application documents required for a transit visa are available from the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service.
|Afghanistan||Ethiopia||Republic of Moldova|
|Democratic Republic of the Congo||Iraq||Sri Lanka|
How to Apply
Submitting your application
You need to:
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.
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
- Once I have applied online, what do I do?
- 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.
- Check the Photo Requirements page to ensure that you are providing an appropriate photo.
- 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
- One passport photograph affixed to the top left of your application form
- 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.
If you submit false or misleading information in support of your application, you may become liable for prosecution and/or deportation.
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.
- Visit visa - (English/Francais)
- Business visa - (English/Francais)
- Conference visa - (English/Francais)
- Employment visa - (English)
- Exam/job interview visa - (English/Francais)
- EU spouse visa - (English/Francais)
- Join EU spouse visa - (English/Francais)
- Performance visa - (English/Francais)
- School holiday visa - (English/Francais)
- Study visa - (English/Francais)
- Training visa - (English/Francais)
- Researcher visa - (English)
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
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
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:
- Immigration Regime for Full Time Non-EEA Students
- Irish Council for International Students
- Immigration and Visas - A guide for international students
Standard non-refundable visa application processing fees are:
|Single Journey visa||€60*|
|Multi Journey Visa||€100*|
*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:
|Jamaica||Republic of Macedonia|
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.
- 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 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
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.
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 document 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.
If you are an 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 your waiting for a decision on you're new application.
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.