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Visa Information

Update 9th September 2021

Resumption of Short Stay Visa Processing

Ireland’s Minister for Justice, Heather Humphreys TD, and the Minister of State for Law Reform, Youth Justice and Immigration, James Browne TD, have today announced the resumption of short stay entry visa processing.

The move will come into effect from Monday, 13 September 2021. This is in line with the next phase of the Irish Government’s response to the pandemic, Covid-19: Reframing the Challenge, Continuing Our Recovery and Reconnecting.

As such, we are now in a position to accept applications for short stay visas.

Please do not visit the Embassy or the Cromwell Road Office at this time as it will not be possible to submit your application in these offices.

Please note that all travellers arriving into Ireland must continue to comply fully with measures required by law in respect of combatting Covid-19, including producing proof of vaccination, recovery from Covid-19 or a negative PCR test to Immigration Control at their port of entry.

Visas for Ireland

How to Apply

You should apply for a visa 8 weeks before you travel.

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. You can make an appointment to submit your application at the Irish Visa Application Centre of your choice on the VFS website here

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:

Visa Office,

Ground Floor,

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

English

Arabic

Chinese

French

Russian

Turkish

Urdu

Types of Visa and Documentation

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

Short Stay

Long Stay

Information and a comprehensive list of the different visa 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 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 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 and may vary from time to time to take account of currency changes

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

Single journey visa (long or short stay)

£51

Multiple journey visa

£86

Transit visa

£21

Working Holiday Authorisation

(Australian citizen only

£51

 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.

You can check if you need an Irish visa on the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS).

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, a valid UK visa does not entitle you to travel to Ireland without 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 Kingdom, British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies

Dominica

Netherlands, The

United States of America

El Salvador

New Zealand

Uruguay

Estonia

Nicaragua

Vanuatu

Fiji

Norway

Vatican City

Finland

Panama

 

France

Paraguay

 

Germany

Poland

 

Greece

Portugal

 

Grenada

Romania

 

Guatemala

 

 

If your application has been refused, you will be sent a letter outlining the reasons for refusal.

If you still wish to travel to Ireland, you can appeal this decision within two months of receiving the refusal notice.

Further information on appealing visa decisions can be found on the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS). All appeals are handled directly by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS).

Further information on what to expect on arrival in Ireland can be found on the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS).

The Embassy applies a zero tolerance policy with respect to fraudulent applications. An application containing a deception such as a forged document, a document containing false information or information withheld from an application (such as a previous visa refusal) may result in your application being refused without the prospect of appeal. If the application was submitted as part of a group, all applications in that group maybe refused without appeal. Where applications are rejected on the grounds of a deception, a 5-year ban may also be applied.

I understand that any false or misleading information , or false supporting documentation may result in the refusal of my application may be refused and I may be prevented from making further visa applications for a period of up to 5 years. An appeal, against the decision to refuse to grant the visa sought, may not be permitted.