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Preclearance for Ireland

How to Apply

Before applying for preclearance make sure to follow the guidance associated with the relevant preclearance scheme, please see links below.

Submitting your application

1. Complete the online application form.

2. Follow the link to the preclearance scheme information in the ‘Types of Preclearance’ section of this website and gather the necessary documentation.

3. Submit your signed application form and supporting documents to the appropriate office.

If you live in England, Scotland or Wales you need to submit your application by attending VFS Global in person at one of the following Irish Visa Application Centres. You must first make an appointment to submit your application at the Irish Visa Application Centre of your choice on the VFS website here.




Opening Times


Irish Visa Application Centre, 66 Wilson Street, EC2A 2BT

08:30 – 14:30 Mon. to Fri.


Irish Visa Application Centre, 50 Devonshire Street North, M12 6JH

08:30 – 12:00 Mon. to Fri.


Irish Visa Application Centre, 5 -14 South Road, B67 7BN

08:30 – 12:00 Mon. to Fri.


Irish Visa Application Centre, 1 Rennie’s Isle, EH6 6QT

08:30 – 12:00 Mon. to Fri.


If you live in Northern Ireland, Channel Islands or Isle of Man you should submit your application by sending a tracked post envelope to the following address:

Visa Office,
Ground Floor,
114A Cromwell Road,

You should ensure that you note the tracking number of the envelope used to send your documents to this office.

Types of Preclearance

Please follow the links below for information on the different preclearance schemes

Information and a comprehensive list of the different visa/ preclearance types that are available can be found on the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS).

Payment Details

Some applicants are required to pay a visa/preclearance application fee, while others are exempt.

Please refer to the information associated with the correct preclearance scheme.

If you are required to pay a fee please read below about the fees applied by the Visa Office in London and how payment is accepted.

Visa fees are paid in local currency – pounds sterling and may vary from time to time to take account of currency changes

Current visa/preclearance application fees payable to the Visa Office in London are:


Single journey visa


Multiple journey visa


Preclearance application



If you live in England, Scotland or Wales payment for your application will be taken by VFS Global at the Irish Visa Application Centre when you submit your application.

If you live in Northern Ireland, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man payment for your application submitted by post should be made by including a postal order or bank draft with your application. Personal cheques are not accepted.

Postal orders and bank drafts should be made payable to ‘the Embassy of Ireland’ for the appropriate amount.

The visa/preclearance 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.