COVID-19 Update - Visa Service
As part of a wide range of travel measures announced on 26 January 2021, the Department of Justice temporarily ceased accepting new visa/ preclearance applications globally, with the exception of certain priority and emergency cases.
As of 1 June, we are now accepting all long stay visa and preclearance applications.
Please note, however, that for successful applications, unless your application meets the priority/emergency criteria, a visa or preclearance approval letter will not issue until such time as public health restrictions have been lifted. For further information on the priority and emergency criteria, please see the website of Immigration Service Delivery.
We would draw your attention to the fact that COVID-19 restrictions are severely affecting visa processing times. Once a decision has been made on your application, you will be contacted directly. In order to ensure that resources can be used to best effect, we ask that you do not contact the Embassy to seek updates on your application.
It remains the position that we are not accepting short stay visa applications, unless the application meets the priority/ emergency criteria. The suspension of short stay applications will continue to be reviewed in consultation with the relevant authorities in the coming weeks.
Government advice to avoid non-essential travel, and related penalties will remain in place until 18 July. As and from 19 July this will be changed to advise citizens to travel safely and in accordance with public health guidance and restrictions.