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Can I travel to Ireland on a UK Visa?

There is a Short-stay Visa Waiver Programme in place for nationals of a number of Countries including Belarus, Russian Federation, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. If you have entered the UK on foot of a UK “C” General visa and have been granted leave to remain in the UK for 180 days, you may travel to Ireland within the time remaining on the UK visa, up to a maximum of 90 days (whichever is the shorter), without the need to apply for an Irish visa.

The categories of visas covered are short stay visit visas granted to persons seeking to leave to enter or remain in the UK except those seeking to enter as (i) a Visitor in Transit or (ii) a Visitor seeking to enter for the purpose of marriage or to enter a civil partnership.

Long-term visitors to the UK, for example long-term student visas, persons seeking to join spouse or family reunification, are not encompassed.

In order to see if you qualify for this waiver, please see Who needs a Visa? page of this website.

If you do not qualify for the programme, you must have a valid Irish visa to travel to Ireland.