Irish Visa Application Centres (VACs) have closed in India and Nepal until further notice. We cannot accept visa applications from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka or the Maldives until the current lockdown restrictions have been lifted. We will review the situation in consultation with the authorities.
You can apply for your Irish visa online. There will be delays in securing appointment times at the VACs when they re-open. We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause. Applications made online will remain valid until the VACs open.
The Irish Embassy is in contact with the VACs and the Indian authorities. We intend to resume our visa operation as soon as safety concerns for members of the public have been abated.
Visit the VFS website for further updates.
Visits to the Irish Visa Office in New Delhi must be by appointment only. We will not accept walk-ins. These conditions are part of building security and safety measures.
Increasing travel restrictions and measures introduced globally as part of efforts to interrupt the transmission of COVID-19 means that travel may not be possible and even if possible is not advisable unless essential. Before you apply for a visa, check if you fall under one of the categories below and if you can travel to Ireland at this time. Are there flights still operating from where you intend to depart from? Visas will only be issued where you can confirm that you can travel to Ireland.
Certain Priority/Emergency cases which will continue to be processed are:
- Emergency visa (e.g. Healthcare professionals, health researchers, and elderly care professionals);
- Immediate family members of Irish citizens*;
- Persons legally resident in the State;
- Persons entitled to avail of the provision of the EU Free Movement Directive;
- Transport personnel engaged in haulage of goods and other transport staff to the extent necessary;
Diplomats, staff of international organisations, military personnel and humanitarian aid workers in the exercise of their functions.
(*Please note that where an applicant and Irish national have been living abroad, and Ireland is not their habitual residence, these cases will be processed in the normal manner. Exceptions will be made in cases where an Irish national is returning to provide medical/health services, or family members are being repatriated as part of a consular arrangement.)
If your application falls under one of these categories, please email us so that we can guide you through the application process and advise you how to submit your documentation.
If your application falls under one of these categories, you must submit your application, supporting documentation, passport photos and passport directly to the Embassy by appointment only. You need to be able to travel to the Irish Embassy in New Delhi to collect your visa. There is no other method of collection during the lockdown restrictions in Delhi. The visa office is not able to arrange a postal or courier service during this time.
When you are submitting your application to the Irish Embassy, you must have a confirmed booking on a scheduled or unscheduled flight from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka or Maldives before your visa can be issued.
Check the latest information on immigration arrangements in Ireland during the COVID-19 pandemic.
VFS Check & Verify Service
What is it
- add on service
- it allows VFS staff to perform pre-checks and inital validation on supporting documents
- you can choose to avail of this service when you apply online
Who can use this service
- applicants from India