Government advice on travel to Ireland
Latest advice on travelling to Ireland is available from: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/77952-government-advice-on-international-travel/#travelling-to-ireland. A ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ (FAQ) document about the impact of COVID-19 on Immigration and International Protection in Ireland has also been published and is available here.
17 January 2022
The previous policy allowing persons to re-enter Ireland on expired Irish Residence Permits (IRPs) came to a close on 15 January 2022. However, as per the Irish Immigration Service notice, the suspension of re-entry visas for visa-required minors under the age of 16 (who are ineligible for IRPs), will continue until 31 May 2022. As per the aforementioned notice, minors wishing to avail of this policy must be travelling with a legally resident parent; who is in possession of appropriate travel documents.
Where you are travelling with a child under this policy, and are transiting through a third country on your way to Ireland, we strongly advise that you contact your airline before you travel, to confirm that your child will be allowed to board under this policy. Where confirmation cannot be obtained, we advise that you apply for a re-entry visa for your child, which will be processed free of charge if travelling prior to 31 May 2022.
In such cases, you should apply for a single entry, long stay visa under category ‘Other’, using the process outlined in the sections below. Please enter “Re-entry” in the visa remarks box. You will need to provide the following documents for each child applicant:
- Completed AVATS application form;
- Original passport and previous passport(s) if applicable;
- Two photographs that meet the requirements;
- A copy of the child's birth certificate;
- Proof of the parent's residency in Ireland (copy of IRP, EU/EEA passport etc.);
- Parental consent as oulined here.
Re-entry visas for persons over the age of 16
In instances where a person over the age of 16 needs to obtain a new entry visa from our Embassy, they should apply in the usual fashion. Such cases would include residents of Ireland who have lost their IRP while outside the State, those who travelled without their IRP, or those who neglected to obtain an IRP before leaving the State. In all such cases, the applicant must pay full visa fees for their application and provide complete documentation, as per the appropriate checklist below.
17 January 2022
Our office will no longer extend visas to persons who were unable to travel within the validity dates of their visas. Please appreciate that our office is not responsible for the global travel situation, and as such cannot be held liable for missed travel dates. In the event you cannot travel within your visa validity dates, you should apply for a new visa, providing fresh supporting documentation and pay the requisite visa fees. Your application will be assessed and processed in the standard times.
VFS Check & Verify Service / In-depth Verification Service
All long stay applicants resident in India are advised to avail of the VFS Check and Verify Service. Long-stay, while applicants resident in Nepal should available of VFS In-depth Verification Service. These are add-on services, that allow VFS staff to perform pre-checks and initial validation on supporting documentation. This provides peace of mind to the applicant and the visa office alike, ensuring that the documentation submitted is of the highest quality.
Countries that we process visa applications for: India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Maldives, Sri Lanka
Embassy Visa Office Opening Hours: Visa applications are made via Visa Facilitation Services (VSF) Offices.
Embassy Visa Office Phone Lines: The Visa Facilitation Services (VSF) Offices operate phone lines on behalf of the Irish Embassy.
Please note that current processing times for tourist visas are approximately 3 weeks. Processing times vary depending on type of visa and nature of application.
Current single entry visa fee: INR 5,300
Current multiple entry visa fee: INR 9,000
Current transit visa fee: INR 2,225