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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. Many common questions are answered in Top Visa Questions

There is a separate application process for Working Holiday Authorizations (WHA) visas. Working Holiday schemes are for use by young people who are citizens of Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan and New Zealand who wish to stay in Ireland for an extended holiday and wish to work in order to fund their stay.

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

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.

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

S.I. No 473 of 2014 groups countries into five different categories (schedules).

Please see Schedule 1, which is a list of countries that DO NOT NEED a visa. If your country is NOT listed you must apply for a visa before you travel to Ireland.

 

Note: A Schengen visa or UK visa is not valid for travel to Ireland. Note: For exceptions to this, please see Schedules 2, 3 and 4 below

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.

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 Kitts and Nevis

Antigua and Barbuda

Honduras

Saint Lucia

Argentina

Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region)

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Australia

Hungary

Samoa

Austria

Iceland

San Marino

Bahamas

Israel

Seychelles

Barbados

Italy

Singapore

Belgium

Japan

Slovak Republic

Belize

Kiribati

Slovenia

Bolivia

Latvia

Solomon Islands

Botswana

Lesotho

South Africa

Brazil

Liechtenstein

South Korea

Brunei

Lithuania

Spain

Bulgaria

Luxembourg

Swaziland

Canada

Macau (Special Administrative Region)

Sweden

Chile

Malaysia

Switzerland

Costa Rica

Maldives

Taiwan

Croatia

Malta

Tonga

Cyprus

Mexico

Trinidad and Tobago

Czech Republic

Monaco

Tuvalu

Denmark

Nauru

United Arab Emirates

Dominica

Netherlands, The

United Kingdom, British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies

El Salvador

New Zealand

United States of America

Estonia

Nicaragua

Uruguay

Fiji

Norway

Vanuatu

Finland

Panama

Vatican City

France

Paraguay

 

Germany

Poland

 

Greece

Portugal

 

Grenada

Romania

 

Guatemala

 

 

 

Convention travel documents

If you hold a Convention Travel Document issued by certain European states you may not require a visa to travel to Ireland, a list of these countries is available here

Please note that holders of Convention Travel documents issued by the United Kingdom require a separate visa to travel to Ireland.

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

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

Uzbekistan

Kuwait

Saudi Arabia

 

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

More information on the BIVS Scheme is available here

Schedule 5 - Transit Visas

If you are a citizen of one of these countries, you will need to apply for a transit visa

Afghanistan

Georgia

Nigeria

Albania

Ghana

Somalia

Cuba

Iran

Sri Lanka

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Iraq

Ukraine

Eritrea

Lebanon

Zimbabwe

Ethiopia

Moldova, Republic of

 

Submitting your application

  1. Complete the online application form
  2. Refer to the checklists available in the ‘Visa Types and Documentation’ section of this website and gather your supporting 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. No appointment is required, you just need to drop in during the opening hours and take a ticket.

Location

Address

Opening Times

London

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

 08:30 – 14:30 Mon. to Fri.

Manchester

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

 08:30 – 12:00 Mon. to Fri.

Birmingham

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

 08:30 – 12:00 Mon. to Fri.

Edinburgh

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

 08:30 – 12:00 Mon. to Fri.

Cardiff

Irish Visa Application Centre, 13A Cathedral Rd, CF11 9HA

 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:

Irish Visa Office

114A Cromwell Road

London

SW7 4ES

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

4. Decisions will be made on applications in date order from the date received in the Embassy of Ireland Visa Office. Due to the volume of applications received it is not possible to provide an update on individual applications. However, we do publish target processing time information under the visa processing times category. We also publish a Weekly Decision Report so you can check if a decision has been made on your application.

Please Note

All supporting documentation should be 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.

Remember…

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.
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 the following languages:

English

Arabic

Chinese

French

Russian

Turkish

Urdu

What sort of Visa do I need?

The following checklists outline the requirements of the most common types of visa applications

Short Stay

Long Stay

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

If you are applying for a business visa and it's being processed by an Embassy or Consulate, you should have a decision within 10 working days, provided all of your documentation is in order.

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 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:

 

Some applicants are required to pay a visa application fee, while others are exempt. Please refer here for information.

If you are resident in the UK and you are a national of a country included in the Irish Visa Waiver Programme Information Note you require a separate Irish visa but you are not required to pay an application fee. Please refer to the Irish Visa Waiver Programme information note for details.

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.

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

Single Journey Visa (long or short stay) £53
Multi Journey Visa £88
Transit Visa £22

Working Holiday Authorisation

(Australian Citizens only)

£53

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 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.

Visa applications are processed in the order they are received. The minimum processing times depends on the type of visa you are applying for but for most visas, you can expect a decision within 8 weeks of the application being received by the London Visa Office. Applications for Long Stay visas may take longer.

Your application may also take longer if:

  • You have not submitted the necessary supporting documentation
  • Your supporting documentation needs to be verified
  • Because of personal circumstances, e.g. you have a criminal conviction

Note: Processing times can change during the year, e.g. before holiday periods. You are advised not to pay for a travel ticket before you receive a decision on your visa.
The current target processing times for complete visa applications submitted to the Irish Visa Office, London are as follows:

Visa Category

Processing Time

Business and Employment Related Visas

7 working days

Long Stay Employment Visas

7 working days

Visit and other Short Stay Visa

4 weeks

Long Stay Visas

6 months

Study Visas

4 weeks

Appeals

6-8 weeks

Important Notes:

  • Incomplete applications may not be accepted or may result in a visa refusal
  • You are advised not to purchase travel tickets before you know the outcome of your visa application
  • The onus is on you, the applicant, to ensure that your fully complete application is submitted in sufficient time for a decision to be made before your date of travel

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. Appeals may only be lodged by you (or your guardian if a minor) and must be signed by you. 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.

Immigration control

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.

Additional documents

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 passport; 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.

Registration

If you're 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

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.