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Visa Information

As of 13 September, long-stay visa, short-stay visa and preclearance applications are being accepted. 

This is in line with the next phase of the Government’s response to the pandemic, Covid-19: Reframing the Challenge, Continuing Our Recovery and Reconnecting.

For further detailed information on Irish visas, please visit www.irishimmigration.ie

We draw your attention to the fact that COVID-19 restrictions are severely affecting visa processing times. 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, we ask that you do not contact the embassy to seek updates on your application.

We are contactable via:

Contact Us - Department of Foreign Affairs (dfa.ie)

Twitter - @IrlEmbBerlin 

Facebook - @irlembberlin 

 

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 residence permit does not entitle you to travel to Ireland without a visa.

Unless you qualify for the Short Stay Visa Waiver Programme 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.

Full information on the different types of visas, required documentation, and how to apply can be found on the website of the Irish Immigration Service

Information on applying for a short-stay (less than 90 days) tourist visa is available here.

Information on coming to work in Ireland is available here.

Information on coming to study in Ireland is available here.

Information on coming to join family in Ireland is available here.

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

You need to:

  1. Complete the online application form 

This will generate an application summary form and declaration at the end, which you must print, sign and date.

  1. Gather your supporting documentation, passport photograph and fee.
  2. Submit your application

To complete the process, you must submit your passport and supporting documents for processing. Where you submit your application depends on where you are living. The summary application form will direct you to the relevant Embassy, Consulate or Visa Application Centre.

Check the website of the relevant Embassy or Consulate for further information on how to submit your application for processing

If you applied at an Embassy or Consulate, they will contact you once a decision on the visa application has been made.

If you applied directly to an Irish Immigration Service Visa Office or if your application was referred to the Irish Immigration Service for a decision, you can check the Irish Immigration Service Visa Decision Weekly Listing using your reference number.

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.

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

You can also contact your local Embassy or Consulate for more details on fees and payment methods

Payment Details

We accept the following forms of payment:

Visa applicants may pay by card in the Embassy or by electronic bank transfer. 

If paying by bank transfer, transfer the fee to the embassy bank account (details below) and include a printed confirmation of your fee transfer with your completed application.

Account name Botschaft von Irland
Bank ​Commerzbank Berlin
IBAN DE65 1004 0000 0266 2328 00
BIC COBADEFFXXX

Applicants that wish to have their documents returned by post must pay a postage fee. Effective 1st January 2022 the postage fee increases from €13 to €14. Please include with your application proof of bank transfer or cheque payable to ‘Embassy of Ireland’.

Please indicate clearly in your application if you intend to collect your visa from the Embassy in person - in this case, it is not necessary to pay this postage fee.

The Embassy does not accept cash payments under any circumstances and will not be responsible for cash sent in the post.

Information Note

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

Guidance notes are also available in: