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.
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.
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
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.
You need to:
- Complete the online application form
This will generate an application summary form and declaration at the end, which you must print, sign and date.
- Gather your supporting documentation, passport photograph and fee.
- 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.
We accept the following forms of payment:
The Embassy accepts bank drafts from Alpha Bank branches in Greece or Albania. Bank drafts from other banks cannot be accepted. Payment may be made by credit/debit card if you are applying in person (the Embassy does not accept card payment over the phone). The Embassy cannot accept cash or personal cheques.
Fees can also be paid by bank transfer to the following account:
Account Name: Embassy of Ireland
Bank: Alpha Bank
IBAN: GR53 0140 1010 1010 0200 1000 724
If you choose to pay by bank transfer, please include a copy of the bank transfer counterfoil slip, or printout of the payment confirmation if done online, with your visa application. Please ensure that the Applicant's name and Visa Application Number (not the host's name) is entered as the transaction description – otherwise we may not be able to match your payment with your Application.
Please do not send cash to the Embassy by post. Cash received by post will be returned to the Applicant, and the Embassy cannot guarantee the security of this return. Applications will not be processed until proof of an electronic payment or bank draft has been received by the Embassy.
Once a visa application is lodged for processing, the processing fee cannot be refunded, regardless of whether or not the visa is granted.