Visas for Ireland
If you want to enter Ireland, you may need a visa. We will guide you through the application process. Many common questions are answered in these Visa FAQs. In Ireland, the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) is primarily responsible for dealing with immigration and visa matters and you will find extended and detailed visa advice on their site.
- Who needs a Visa
- How to Apply
- Types of Visa & Documentation
- Processing times
- Visa appeals
- Arrival in Ireland
Who needs a Visa?
Whether you need a visa to enter Ireland depends on what country you're from. You can find more information on the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS)
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.
How to Apply
You need to:
1. Complete the online application form
2. Gather your documentation (check the menu option on the left of this page on “Type of Visa and Supporting Documentation”).
3. Get your passport photograph. Check here for photo requirements.
4. Check the “Fees” information on this page and pay the appropriate fee to the Embassy
5. Compile your application, which must include
• The online summary sheet signed by you
• Current passport and any previous passports (or copies of previous passports if originals unavailable)
• All required supporting documents (originals)
6. The online application system will automatically request you to submit your documentation to:
Embassy of Ireland
ul. Mysia 5
You can send your application by post (registered) or by courier.
Alternatively, you, or someone representing you, can come in person to the Embassy with the documents. Our opening hours for submitting applications in person are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9.30am to 12.30pm and on Tuesdays and Thursdays 2.30pm to 4.30pm.
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. You can also check our Visa FAQs
Standard non-refundable visa application processing fees are:
Single Journey Visa: €60 or pln.270
Multi Journey Visa: €100 or pln.450
Transit Visa: €25 or pln.115
Some applicants don't have to pay a fee for their visa. More information is available on the INIS website.
You may also have to pay postal charges.
Payment is by bank transfer in Polish Zloty or in Euro. Please include your name and visa application number if you want to make a bank transfer.
Bank account: Embassy of Ireland, ul. Mysia 5, 00-496 Warsaw
Bank: Citibank Handlowy, Poland
PL 14 1030 1061 0000 0000 3017 5034 – for transfers in PLN
PL 36 1030 1061 0000 0000 3017 5026 – for transfers in EUR
SWIFT/BIC code – CITIPLPX
Once a visa application is lodged for processing, the processing fee cannot be refunded.
The processing times for visa applications vary depending on the visa type and the office to which the application is lodged.
You should apply for your visa in plenty of time, ideally 8 weeks before your travel date. Please note we can only process fully complete applications. If you are missing documents, your application will take longer to process and may be rejected.
Long Stay Study Visas (90 + days) require a minimum of 8 weeks from the date of receipt in this office.
Business visas can usually be processed in 10 working days if all correct documentation is supplied
Long-term "join family" visa: The long term of permanent nature of the intended stay in Ireland means they will require more in-depth consideration than short-stay visa applications and it is recommended applicants make their applications 12 weeks prior to their proposed dates of travel.
Please note that these are indicative processing times only. Visa applications are considered in as speedy a manner as possible. While the majority of applications are dealt with within a shorter timeframe, processing may take longer at certain times of the year or depending on the complexity of the application. This is why you should allow as much time as possible when applying for a visa.
The onus is on you, the applicant, to ensure that your full, complete application is submitted in sufficient time for a decision to be made before your date of travel.
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?
Details about how to appeal a decision to refuse a visa can be found on the website of the Irish naturalisation and Immigration Service.
On Arrival in Ireland
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.
As well as your visa, an Immigration Officer may ask to see additional information such as:
- Accommodation bookings
- Return flights
- Contacts in Ireland
Further information can be found in the INIS Frequently Asked Questions.
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.