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Visas for Ireland

If you are travelling to Ireland you may need a visa.We will guide you through the application process.

Please note that the visa public office in Moscow is open from 09.30 to 12.30, Monday to Friday, to receive applications and return passports.

The visa office telephone help line (+7 495 9375 900) operates from 2.30pm to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding designated public holidays).

Queries can also be sent electronically or faxed to +7 495 7373 637. Please include your visa application number on any correspondence.

At certain peak times, applicants may encounter difficulties getting through on our helpline. If possible, we would encourage applicants to consider using our e-mail facility as an alternative.

Please note until further notice all visa applicants in Kazakhstan must courier their applications, passports and fees direct to the Irish Visa Office in Moscow for processing.

Who needs a Visa?

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 Kingdom, British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies


Netherlands, The

United States of America

El Salvador

New Zealand







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

United Arab Emirates 


Saudi Arabia


NOTE: This also applies to nationals of 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



Moldova, Republic of







Democratic Republic of the Congo


Sri Lanka




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


How to Apply

Submitting your application

You need to:

  1. Complete the online application form
  2. Gather your supporting documentation, passport photograph and fee
  3. The online application system will automatically request you to submit your documentation to:


Visa Office,
Embassy of Ireland to the Russian Federation,
Grokholski Pereulok,
Moscow 129090

Opening hours for submitting applications in person: 9:30am to 12:30pm.

Please note you may only apply for a visa no more than 3 months prior to your intended date of travel to Ireland.

Processing Times

The processing times for visa applications vary depending on the visa type and the Office to which the application is lodged.

Business visas: up to 10 working days from the date of receipt in Moscow office

General visit visas: up to 15 working days from the date of receipt in Moscow office

Study Visas: minimum of 4 weeks from the date of receipt in Moscow office

Please note that these are indicative processing times only. Processing may take longer at certain times of the year or depending on the complexity of the application.

The onus is on you, the applicant, to ensure that your fully complete application is submitted in sufficient time for a decision to be made before your date of travel.

Visa applications are considered in as speedy a manner as possible. Timeframes for decision can be dependent on a number of factors including, the number of applications received and the resources available to process them at any one time. While the vast majority of applications are dealt with within a much shorter timeframe it is recommended that applicants allow as much time as possible when applying for a visa. Just in case further enquiries have to be made, we advise you to apply for your visa at least 4 weeks before the date you plan to travel.

NOTE: Join family applications by their nature require a more in-depth consideration than short-stay visa applications. They are processed in strict date order.

You can expect that your application will be dealt with within 6 months of receipt of all required documentation. For further information, please see the Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service INIS website.


Many common questions are answered in Top Visa Questions

Following the online application

Once I have applied online, what do I do?

  1. Refer to checklists and the Types of Visa and Documentation tab of this website to ensure that you have all of the documents required to support your application.
  2. Check the Visa Fees tab to find out about the current visa fees.
  3. Check the Photo Requirements page to ensure that you are providing an appropriate photo.
  4. Once you have checked all of the above, submit your application to the address given by the system. The application must include:
  • The online summary sheet signed by you
  • One passport photograph affixed to the top left of your application form
  • Current passport and any previous passports (or copies of previous passports if originals unavailable
  • All required supporting documents
  • The visa fee (if required)

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:

All supporting documentation (bank statements, letters of employment/study, car/property ownership certificates, marriage certificates, birth certificates etc.) should be 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 we are unable to verify the information supplied this may result in your visa being refused.

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.


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

What sort of Visa do I need?

The following checklists outline the requirements of the most common types of visa applications.


Important Notice

Photographs to accompany applications should be a minimum of 35mm x 45mm and a maximum of 38mm x 50mm in size. 


Short-stay Visa Applications

Business Incentive Trips - tourism.pdf (PDF 87kb)

Business.pdf (PDF 42kb)

Chernobyl Rest and Recuperation.pdf (PDF 44kb)

Conference.pdf (PDF 41kb)

Event or performance (independent traveller).pdf (PDF 8kb)

Interview.pdf (PDF 86kb)

Study (visit) visa (English or other courses) up to 90 day stay.pdf (PDF 88kb)

Study (visit) visas (children's english language camps) group applications.pdf (PDF 47kb)

Tourism.pdf (PDF 81kb)

Training.pdf (PDF 41kb)

Visit family or friend (in English).pdf (PDF 48kb)

Long-stay Visa Applications

Employment.pdf (PDF 37kb)

Researcher.pdf (PDF 7kb)

Study.pdf (PDF 51kb)

Volunteer.pdf (PDF 41kb)

Join family (EU national).pdf (PDF 45kb)

Join family (Irish national).pdf (PDF 49kb)

Join family (non Irish, EU national).pdf (PDF 50kb)

Multiple entry visas for Russian citizens

As part of Ireland’s ongoing commitment to facilitate bona fide travel from Russia to Ireland, the availability of multiple entry visas for business and visit visa applicants has been extended. Depending on an applicant’s prior visa history, you may apply for multiple entry visas of varying duration as follows:

One Year Multiple Entry Visas

One Year Multi-entry Visas will be considered for business or visit category applicants who have a limited travel history and who are assessed as bona fide travellers.

Two Year Multiple Entry Visas

Two Year Multi-entry Visas will be considered for business or visit category applicants who have a satisfactory Schengen, UK or US visa history and who are assessed as bona fide travellers.

Three Year Multiple Entry Visas

Three Year Multi-entry Visas will be considered for business category applicants with a satisfactory previous Irish visa history.

Please note that the issuance of a Multi-entry visa remains at the discretion of the Visa Office.

Travelling to Ireland for the purposes of accompanying/joining an EU/EEA/Swiss family member?

Please refer to INIS for details and comprehensive information regarding these types of applications.

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.

Travelling to Ireland as a tourist

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

Studying in Ireland

For further information on studying in Ireland (links below included):



From 1 January 2017, standard non-refundable visa application processing fees are as follows:

Single Journey Visa 4,000 Ruble or €60
Multi Journey Visa 6,500 Ruble or €100

Please note exact fee amounts should be provided when lodging visa applications.

How do I pay the fee?

The fee must be paid in Russian Rubles cash.

Alternatively, a bank draft drawn on an Irish bank or a postal order for €60 (Single Entry) or €100 (Multi Entry) and made payable to “The Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade” will be accepted. The name and/or the visa application number of the applicant must be written on the back of the bank draft/postal order. 

Personal cheques or Euro currency are not accepted. Currently, we cannot process payments by credit card or debit card facilities.

Once a visa application is lodged, the application fee cannot be refunded.  There is no application fee for appeals.

No fee required

Certain categories of applicants are exempt from visa fees.

  • Holders of official and diplomatic passports travelling on official business
  • Spouse and dependent children of Irish/EEA/Swiss Nationals
  • Exit visas for adoptive children going back to Ireland with their Irish parents
  • Children and their requisite carers travelling to Ireland under the auspices of the Chernobyl Rest and Recuperation Scheme.
  • Programme Refugees (within the meaning of the Refugee Act 1996)

The above list is not exhaustive, but it gives an indication of some of the main categories that are exempt. In addition, applicants from the countries listed below don't have to pay a fee:

Bosnia and Herzegovina Kyrgyzstan Sri Lanka
Cote d'Ivoire Montenegro Tunisia
Ecuador Morocco Uganda
Indonesia Peru Zambia
Jamaica Republic of Macedonia  
Kosovo Serbia  

Visa Appeals

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.

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.

On Arrival in Ireland

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.


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.