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Visas for Ireland

If you want to enter Ireland, you may need a visa. We will guide you through the application process.


If you’re a citizen of a non-EU country, whether you need a visa or not, you will be subject to immigration control when you enter Ireland.

Whether you need a visa to enter Ireland depends on what country you're from.

S.I. No 473 of 2014 groups countries into five different categories (schedules).

Please see Schedule 1, which is a list of countries that DO NOT NEED a visa. If your country is NOT listed you must apply for a visa before you travel to Ireland.


Note: A Schengen visa or UK visa is not valid for travel to Ireland. Note: For exceptions to this, please see Schedules 2, 3 and 4 below


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.

Schedule 1 - Countries that do not need a visa

You DO NOT NEED an entry visa for Ireland if you are a passport holder of one of these countries:



Saint Kitts and Nevis

Antigua and Barbuda


Saint Lucia


Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region)

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines






San Marino









Slovak Republic






Solomon Islands



South Africa



South Korea








Macau (Special Administrative Region)





Costa Rica








Trinidad and Tobago

Czech Republic





United Arab Emirates


Netherlands, The

United Kingdom, British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies

El Salvador

New Zealand

United States of America









Vatican City

















Convention travel documents

If you hold Convention travel documents issued by an EEA state, please refer to Section 3. (b) (i) of S.I. No 473 of 2014 (short-stay visits only). 

Schedule 2 - Diplomatic Passport waiver programme

A holder of a diplomatic passport issued by a State or territorial entity specified below is not required to have a visa to enter Ireland

People’s Republic of China
United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Schedule 3 - Visa waiver programme

If you’re a citizen of one of these countries and you meet Visa Waiver Programme requirements, you may be able to travel on to Ireland from the UK without the need to obtain a separate Irish visa.

If not, you’ll need to apply for an entry visa before you travel to Ireland.







Bosnia and Herzegovina

People’s Republic of China






Russian Federation



Saudi Arabia


NOTE: This also applies to nationals of Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates who have entered the United Kingdom on foot of a C-visit Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW)


Schedule 4 - British Irish Visa Scheme (BIVS)

United Kingdom visitors who are – nationals of a state or territorial entity specified in Schedule 4, AND holders of a visa issued by the competent authorities of the United Kingdom that is endorsed by those authorities with the letters “BIVS”

India People’s Republic of China

Schedule 5 - Transit Visas

If you are a citizen of one of these countries, you will need to apply for a transit visa:









Sri Lanka

Democratic Republic of the Congo







Moldova, Republic of


  * Requirement for a transit visa waived for Ethiopian nationals transiting through the State via Dublin Airport to/from the USA and Canada.

Please note that the information provided below relates to visa-required nationals who reside in Luxembourg.

The visa section is available for phone queries from
Monday-Friday 10.00-12.30 and 14.30-16.00hrs.
Phone: +352.450610-1

Personal calls by appointment only.

The Embassy of Ireland cannot accept visa applications from visa-required nationals who do not reside in Luxembourg.

Please note that a Schengen Visa is not valid for Ireland. While Ireland is a member of the European Union, Ireland is not party to the Schengen Agreement, and should you be a visa-required national and hold a Schengen Visa, you will need to apply for a separate visa for Ireland.

Family members of an EU citizen who are holders of a document called "Residence card of a family member of a Union citizen" as referred to in Articles 5 (2) and 10 (1) of Directive 2004/38/EC are not subject to an Irish visa requirement. More information available on the INIS website.

Please note that a visa-required national who holds a valid Luxembourg residence permit called "titre de séjour” or “permis de séjour” will need to apply for a visa for Ireland.

If you wish to travel to Luxembourg, and then on to Ireland, please ensure you obtain the relevant visa for Ireland from the relevant Irish Mission in your country before entering Luxembourg.

Holders of a 1951 UN Convention travel document issued by the Luxembourg authorities do not require a visa in order to enter Ireland.

Note to Irish Citizens: Irish nationals seeking information as to whether or not they are visa-required to travel to a certain country should contact the nearest Diplomatic or Consular mission of that country. Contact information for all diplomatic missions in Luxembourg can be found by clicking on this website.

Submitting your application

You need to:

Complete the online application form and print out the summary sheet

Following the online application

Once I have applied online, what do I do?

  1. Check the Department of Justice and Equality website to ensure that you have all of the documents required to support your application. These documents depend on the type of visa you are applying for. To check what documents are required in your case visit the INIS website and select the appropriate type of visa under “Additional links”.
  2. Only original documents are accepted, except when otherwise stated. All original documentation will be returned to you once your application has been processed. Faxed and e-mailed applications/documents are not accepted – please do not use any clips, staples or files to attach sheets together on your application)
  3. Check the Visa Fees page of this website to find out about the current visa fees.
  4. Check the Processing Timeframes to ensure that you have enough time for your application to be processed before your proposed date of travel.
  5. Check the Photo Requirements page to ensure that you are providing an appropriate photo.
  6. Once you have checked all of the above, submit your application to the address given by the system. 

This must include:

  • The online summary sheet signed by you
  • Two passport photos
  • Current passport and any previous passports (or copies of previous passports if originals unavailable)
  • All required supporting documents
  • The visa fee (if required)

Should you wish to submit your documentation in person, please call the Embassy to make an appointment. Personal calls are by appointment only.

Should you wish to apply by post, please do so by posting the application form and all of the requested supporting documentation to the Embassy in Luxembourg.

If you decide to post your application to the Embassy, we strongly recommend you to use registered mail (Recommandé) or a reputable courier service. The Embassy will not accept any responsibility for applications or documents that are lost in transit.

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:

If your application needs to be sent to INIS in Dublin for decision, all supporting documentation should be submitted 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.

Processing Times

We will endeavour to process your visa application as quickly as possible. However, visa applications are processed strictly in the order in which they are received. You can help to speed up consideration of your application by fully completing the visa application form and submitting all relevant supporting documentation from the outset. The processing of a visa begins when a visa application is complete.

Visa applications will either be processed in the Embassy or a copy of your complete application will be forwarded to the Department of Justice and Equality for decision. Before receipt of your application, we will not be able to advise as to which will be the case with the exception of students intending to undertake a period of study in Ireland whose applications will, in all cases, be forwarded to the Department of Justice and Equality for a decision. Please do not send your application direct to the Department of Justice and Equality.

Visa applications which can be decided upon in Luxembourg can usually be processed within 2-3 weeks.

If you are informed that a copy of your application has been forwarded to the Department of Justice and Equality, the Embassy at which you made your application will be informed by that Department once a decision has been made and will contact you immediately upon receipt of any decision. The current processing time for referred applications is between 6-8 weeks. In order to avoid incurring costs for delayed or cancelled journeys, for which we accept no liability, you should submit your application to the Embassy at least 6 to 8 weeks in advance of your intended date of travel. However, it should be noted that this is only a guideline and applications may take longer to be processed. For this reason, we advise that you do not purchase tickets prior to travel.


If you submit false or misleading information in support of your application, you may become liable for prosecution and/or deportation.


We will contact you once a decision has been made.

Need more information?

Visit the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) website to find out what you need to know before you apply for a visa.

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.

A comprehensive list of the different visa types that are available, and the documentation required in respect of each, is available from the INIS website.

For ease of reference, separate links for some of the most common visa types are set out below.

Travelling to Ireland as a tourist

If you are a visa-required national and you would like to visit Ireland for a short period (90 days or less) you will find useful guidelines and details of requirements for Visit/Holiday Visa applications from INIS.

For further information on tourism in Ireland please visit the website of Tourism Ireland.

Travelling to Ireland as a Family members of EU/EEA/Swiss citizens seeking to apply under Directive 2004/38/EC (Free Movement Directive)

Please refer to INIS for details and comprehensive information regarding this type of application.

Travelling to Ireland on business

Business meeting

If you are a visa-required national and coming to Ireland for a business meeting you will find useful guidelines and details of requirements for Business Visa applications on INIS.


If you are a visa-required national and coming to Ireland for a conference, you will find useful guidelines and details of requirements for Conference Visa applications on INIS.

Starting a business in Ireland

If you are a visa-required national and you wish to set up a business in Ireland, you will require Business Permission from the Department of Justice and Equality, prior to applying for your visa. Find more information on the INIS website.

Studying in Ireland

If you require an entry visa for Ireland and would like to study there, you will find useful guidelines and details of requirements for Study Visa applications on INIS.

For further information on studying in Ireland:

Standard non-refundable visa application processing fees are:

Single Journey Visa: €60
Multi Journey Visa: €100
Transit Visa: €25

Payment methods

Bank transfer only

The Embassy of Ireland in Luxembourg does not accept cash or credit card payment in respect of Visa Fees and payment must be done on the following account:


IBAN LU16 0030 1825 7358 1000

Please ensure that the applicant's full name and the Visa Application Reference Number is included in the communication field so that we can identify your payment.

Visa applications without proof of payment will not be accepted.

No fee required

Some applicants are not required to pay the visa processing fee. These include visa-required spouses and qualifying family members of EEA citizens (including Irish nationals). You must provide proof of the relationship with the application.

In addition applicants from some countries are not required to pay a fee. The list of exempt countries can be viewed at Visa Fees.

My application has been refused

If your application has been refused and you still want to travel to Ireland, you can:

  • Appeal the decision or
  • Make a new application

If you decide to make a new application, your previous application history may be taken into account.

Appealing the decision

You'll be sent a letter outlining the reasons for refusal. If you believe the decision is wrong, you can make an appeal within two months of receiving the refusal notice.

How do I make an appeal?

Your appeal must be made in writing to the address specified in the letter you have received. Appeals may only be lodged by you (or your guardian if a minor) and must be signed by you. Faxed or emailed appeals will not be considered.

You should:

  • Address each refusal reason in your appeal
  • Supply clear and relevant evidence in your appeal to support your application
  • Include any further information or documentation with your appeal letter
  • Be aware that provision of the additional information/documentation doesn't guarantee approval

The review

The Appeals Officer will review your application, taking account of any additional information or documentation that you have supplied.

On examination and review the original decision may be reversed. The Appeals Officer will notify you in writing when the decision is made and in general, a decision should issue within 4-6 weeks.

Is there a charge?

There is no charge for lodging an appeal.

Immigration control

An Irish visa is not an entry permission. It's a document giving you permission to present at a port of entry to ask to be admitted to Ireland.

All non-EEA citizens, whether they need a visa or not, will be subject to ordinary immigration controls at the port of entry.

Additional documents

As well as your visa, an Immigration Officer may ask to see additional information such as:

  • Accommodation bookings
  • Return flights
  • Contacts in Ireland

Length of stay

The Immigration Officer at the port of entry will decide your length of stay by stamping your passport; which will reflect the purpose of your journey and the amount of time you are allowed to stay in the State.

The validity period shown on your visa indicates the dates between which you must travel to Ireland. These dates are NOT the dates between which you're permitted to remain in Ireland.

Staying over three months

If you need a visa to enter Ireland and you want to stay longer than 90 days, apply for a 'D' type visa before you travel. Permission to enter on the basis of a 'C' type visa will not give you permission to remain beyond a 90 day period.


If you're a non-EEA national and you want to stay longer than three months in Ireland, you must register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau and apply for permission to remain in Ireland.

Conditions of your visa

Under Irish law, you're not allowed to engage in any activity or to remain in Ireland for any purpose other than that for which your visa or permission to remain was granted.

Overstaying your visa

If you stay in Ireland longer than your permission to remain permits, you could be liable for prosecution and/or deportation.

Change of activity

If you want to undertake any activity in Ireland other than that for which your visa was granted you must leave the country and apply for a new visa. You can’t return to Ireland while you're waiting for a decision on your new application.