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Visa Information

Update 14th January 2021.

Summary:

  • Negative PCR test result within 72 hours of arrival in Ireland required from the 16th of January 2021
  • Irish VACs in Abuja, Lagos and Accra are open for appointments.
  • Only certain category of long-stay visas ('D' categories) can be made currently.
  • Certain Priority/Emergency cases will continue to be processed as normal.
  • Those travelling will be expected to restrict their movement for a 14 day period upon arrival in Ireland.
  • Post arrival testing introduced to reduce lenght of time movements need to be restricted.

Prearrival testing

From Saturday 16 January 2021, all passengers arriving into Ireland are required to have a negative/’not detected’ result from a pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test carried out no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland.

Passengers may be asked to present evidence of their negative/’not detected’ result before boarding their airplane and will be required to produce this evidence to Immigration Officers on arrival at points of entry to the State.

Passengers who arrive in an Irish Airport or Sea Port without evidence of a negative/’not detected’ COVID-19 PCR test result will commit an offence and may be subject to prosecution, punishable by a fine not exceeding €2,500 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or both.

Applicants should be aware: 

Irish public health advice is to avoid non-essential overseas travel to/from Ireland. If you must travel to Ireland, you need to fill out a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form online before you travel. To fill out form and for further info and advice go to https://gov.ie/locatorform

Applicants should also be aware that people can face a fine of up to €2,500 or six months in prison, or both, if:

1.) They do not complete this form;

2.) If they provide false or misleading information; or

3.) If they fail to provide an update of any information should they move to a different location within the 14-day restricted movement period.

Post arrival testing of passengers

With effect from midnight 29 November 2020, the period of restricted movement can end if you receive a negative/’not detected’ result of a PCR test that has been taken a minimum of five days after your arrival in Ireland. You should wait for your negative test result to be returned before ending the period of restricted movements.

 Priority/Emergency Cases.

Certain Priority/Emergency Short Stay cases will continue to be processed:

  • Healthcare professionals, health researchers, and elderly care professionals;
  • Immediate family members of Irish citizens (who are returning to their ordinary place of residence in Ireland);
  • 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;
  • Frontier workers;
  • Seasonal workers in agriculture;
  • Diplomats, staff of international organisations and people invited by international organisations whose physical presence is required for the well-functioning of these organisations, military personnel and humanitarian aid workers and civil protection personnel in the exercise of their functions;
  • Passengers in transit;
  • Passengers travelling for critical family reasons;
  • Seafarers;
  • Persons in need of international protection or for other humanitarian reasons;
  • Third-country nationals travelling for the purpose of study;
  • Highly qualified third-country workers if their employment is necessary from an economic perspective and the work cannot be postponed or performed abroad.

(*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 contact us so that we can guide you through the application process and advise you how to submit your documentation.

 Further information…

For information on long-stay ('D'-category) visas, please visit: http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/Apply%20for%20a%20visa#long-stay

(Please note that as part of the response to COVID-19, the Registration Office in Burgh Quay and all local registration offices are currently closed and will be until further notice. You should check the INIS website for updates on when the offices will reopen and then make an appointment to register as normal.)

A 'Frequently Asked Questions' (FAQ) document about the impact of COVID-19 on Immigration and International Protection in Ireland has also been published and can be found here.

For appointments at VACs in Nigeria please visit: https://vfsglobal-ie-ng.com/ 

For appointments at VAC in Accra please visit: https://www.vfsglobal.com/Ireland/Ghana/

Countries that we process visa applications for: Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Ivory Coast

Embassy Visa Office Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 9 am to 4 pm. Friday 9 am to 12 pm.

Embassy Visa Office Phone Lines: Open 10 am - 12 pm. The number is +234 (0) 9 462 0612.

Visa Facilitation Services (VFS) Contact Details

Current single entry visa fee: €60

Current multiple entry visa fee: €100

Current transit visa fee: €25

You can check if you need an Irish visa on the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS).

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, a valid UK visa does not entitle you to travel to Ireland without a visa.

 

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

Andorra

Guyana

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Antigua and Barbuda

Honduras

Saint Lucia

Argentina

Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region)

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Australia

Hungary

Samoa

Austria

Iceland

San Marino

Bahamas

Israel

Seychelles

Barbados

Italy

Singapore

Belgium

Japan

Slovak Republic

Belize

Kiribati

Slovenia

Bolivia

Latvia

Solomon Islands

Botswana

Lesotho

South Africa

Brazil

Liechtenstein

South Korea

Brunei

Lithuania

Spain

Bulgaria

Luxembourg

Swaziland

Canada

Macau (Special Administrative Region)

Sweden

Chile

Malaysia

Switzerland

Costa Rica

Maldives

Taiwan

Croatia

Malta

Tonga

Cyprus

Mexico

Trinidad and Tobago

Czech Republic

Monaco

Tuvalu

Denmark

Nauru

United Kingdom, British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies

Dominica

Netherlands, The

United States of America

El Salvador

New Zealand

Uruguay

Estonia

Nicaragua

Vanuatu

Fiji

Norway

Vatican City

Finland

Panama

 

France

Paraguay

 

Germany

Poland

 

Greece

Portugal

 

Grenada

Romania

 

Guatemala

 

 

Information on types of visa and required documentation can be found on the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS).

If your application has been refused, you will be sent a letter outlining the reasons for refusal.

If you still wish to travel to Ireland, you can appeal this decision within two months of receiving the refusal notice.

Further information on appealing visa decisions can be found on the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS). All appeals are handled directly by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS).

Further information on what to expect on arrival in Ireland can be found on the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS).

The Embassy applies a zero tolerance policy with respect to fraudulent applications. An application containing a deception such as a forged document, a document containing false information or information withheld from an application (such as a previous visa refusal) may result in your application being refused without the prospect of appeal. If the application was submitted as part of a group, all applications in that group maybe refused without appeal. Where applications are rejected on the grounds of a deception, a 5-year ban may also be applied.

I understand that any false or misleading information , or false supporting documentation may result in the refusal of my application may be refused and I may be prevented from making further visa applications for a period of up to 5 years. An appeal, against the decision to refuse to grant the visa sought, may not be permitted.

How to apply

Next:

You must submit the following documents in person to your nearest Visa Facilitation Services Global (VFS) Office:

All documents must be:

  • original
  • legible
  • verifiable
  • in English or Irish, or translated with a certified translation
  • not in envelopes or folders

You must also submit photocopies of all documents including every page of your passport. Ensure you separate original documents from photocopied documents. Application decisions and original documentation will be returned to you. You must submit a prepaid envelope along with your application. You can get a prepaid envelope at the Visa Facilitation Services Global (VFS) office.

Fingerprints are taken for applicants aged 6 years and over. The Visa Facilitation Services Global (VFS) Office sends your application to the Embassy Visa Office. We process it and decide whether or not to issue your visa.

Child Applications

The child's parent or guardian should be present when the child's fingerprints are taken. If the parent/guardian is unable to attend let us know we will give you instructions.

We do not accept:

  • micro-finance statements
  • mortgage statements
  • statements from thrift and savings societies

Make sure your application is complete. We may request extra documentation and or information.

We can refuse applications if:

  • your documents are not complete
  • your documents are not translated into English or accompanied by notarised translation
  • we cannot verify the information you supplied

Find your nearest Visa Facilitation Services Global (VFS) Office in:

There is no Visa Facilitation Services Global (VFS) office in the Ivory Coast. You can send your application by courier or post to the Embassy.

  • Senegal

There is no Visa Facilitation Services Global (VFS) office in Senegal. You can use the Visa Facilitation Services Global (VFS) office in Accra (Ghana) or send your application by courier or post to the Embassy.

Payment Details

For applications submitted in Nigeria and Ghana through the VFS offices, visa fees are payable in the local currency equivalent of €60 euro for a single entry visa or €100 euro for a multi-entry visa. In the case of applications sent to us by courier from Senegal and the Ivory Coast, contact us for details on how to pay the fee.

  • Visa fees are non-refundable
  • VFS charges its own visa processing fee in addition to the amounts indicated above