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Visa Information

Update 10th September 2021

Visa processing returning to normal from Monday the 13th of September 2021.

The first step in the visa application process is to complete the online application, then consult the Irish Immigration Service Site for details on what supporting documentation is needed and finally book an appointment to submit in Nigeria or Ghana.

All travellers arriving into Ireland must continue to comply fully with measures required by law including producing proof of vaccination, recovery from Covid-19 or a negative PCR test to Immigration Control at their port of entry. Latest requirements can be found via the Government of Ireland website.

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