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Visa Office, Embassy of Ireland, Saudi Arabia

General Information

The granting of an Irish visa is a form of clearance to travel to a point of entry into Ireland. It does not grant permission to enter Ireland and Immigration Officers have the authority to grant or deny admission. Visa holders are subject to normal immigration control at the point of entry and should carry with them the originals or copies of the documents submitted with their visa applications for possible inspection by Immigration Officers.

A visa does not grant permission to remain in Ireland. The date of validity shown on the visa indicates only the date before which it must be presented to an Immigration Officer. The length of stay is decided by an Immigration Officer at the port of entry.

Please note that it is the responsibility of each individual traveller to ensure that they hold all necessary visas and travel clearances to complete their journey. Depending on your nationality and the purpose of your journey, you may need a visa or an equivalent form of authorisation for every country you enter as part of your journey — even if you are only connecting from one flight to another. This is in addition to a valid passport.

For those travelling with British Airways from Saudi Arabia and transiting through a UK airport to their destination in Ireland, UK immigration authorities may require that you hold a valid UK visa. The Embassy recommends that you contact the UK Embassy and British Airways for further information prior to planning your journey.

A visa holder who remains in Ireland longer than the permitted period and/or who submits false or misleading information in support of his/her application may be subject to prosecution and/or deportation.

Information on whether you require a visa to visit Ireland.

The Visa Office in Riyadh can only accept visa applications from Saudi citizens and residents of Saudi Arabia.  Applications can be submitted in person at the Embassy between 9.00 am and 11.00 am only Sunday to Thursday.

Information on the visa process is available in Arabic at the following link: Information in Arabic

1)     Checking the Status of your Application:


Due to Data Protection legislation and confidentiality regulations staff cannot deal with queries relating to the status of a visa application.

Once a decision on your application has been made it will be communicated to you by the Visa Office.

Applicants can also check the Visa Decision Weekly listing listing on the INIS website using their unique reference number.  

2)     Making an application:

All applicants must first apply online. The online application system can be accessed by clicking here.

Information on how to complete the online application form is available in English and Arabic. 

Please ensure the information you have entered is accurate and complete before submitting, the Visa Office is not responsible for any errors on the applicants part.

3)     Submitting an application:

When you have entered all your details online, you will need to print and sign the Summary Sheet and submit your application, along with your passport, photograph, appropriate fee, and all other supporting documents to the relevant visa processing office.  You must include a letter detailing the reason for travelling to Ireland.

Please ensure the application is signed by hand and dated correctly and check carefully that you have provided all of the necessary supporting documentation – if your application is incomplete this will delay its processing.  The onus is on the applicant to fully complete the application process and provide necessary supporting documentation.  Failure to do so may delay the processing of your application or lead to a refusal.

If you are travelling with a minor you will be required to submit a certified translation of your family book, the written consent of the legal guardians to allow the minor to travel and the passports of both legal guardians.  You should also specify who will accompany the child on the trip. 

KASP Scholarship students must submit an up to date sponsorship letter clearly showing the duration of the scholarship and the names of any dependents who may be accompanying the student.  You should also provide proof of the relationship with any accompanying dependents – for example marriage certificate, birth certificate and family book.  The sponsorship letter should state clearly that it is for visa purposes.  It must also be accompanied by current proof of enrolment in the relevant educational institution in Ireland.

4)     Submitting an application by DHL:

If you are submitting your application through DHL or another courier service please ensure that your application is fully complete and contains all necessary documents.

Incomplete applications received by courier will be returned at the applicant’s expense including the relevant visa fee and you will be required to resubmit the application with the correct supporting documentation.

5)     Cost:

The Visa Fees (in SAR) are as follows:

Single Journey                   SAR275
Multiple Journeys               SAR460

Some applicants are not required to pay a fee. This includes visa required spouses and certain family members of EEA citizens (including Irish nationals) provided that proof of the relationship is provided with the application. In addition applicants from other specified countries are not required to pay a fee.

Please note that the Embassy can only accept cash payment for visa fees.  If you are applying by DHL the fee will be collected by DHL upon return of your application and passport.

6)     Short-Stay Visa Waiver Programme:

If you currently have a UK visa you may not require an Irish visa to enter Ireland. Click here for more details on the Short-Stay Visa Waiver Programme. Please check the requirements carefully to ensure you are eligible to avail of the Short-Stay Visa Waiver Programme.

7)     Processing times:

Processing times vary depending on the country where you submitted your application.  However, you should allow for a minimum of four weeks to process your application.  It takes a minimum of three working days to process any visa application.  Do not ask for a decision to be made sooner as your request will be refused.


While visa applications will be processed in the fastest possible time following their arrival in the Visa Office in Riyadh, the processing times for all visa applications will vary depending on the volume of applications lodged and the time it takes for an application to reach the Visa Office by courier.

Weekly Decision Reports

8)     Refused Applications and Appeals:

Under no circumstances will the visa office discuss with an applicant the reasons for a refused visa application. The reasons for refusal are detailed in the refusal letter. You have the right to appeal a refused visa application to the Visa Office in Abu Dhabi within 2 months of the date of the refusal letter. Appeals will be not be accepted if outside this timeframe. You must submit your appeal in person or by courier to the Visa Office in Abu Dhabi and not the Consulate or Embassy where you submitted your initial application.  Faxed or emailed appeals are not accepted.  The contact address is:

Visa Appeals Officer
Embassy of Ireland
2 Khalifa Al Suwaidi Development
19th (off 32nd Street)
Al Bateen
P.O. Box 61581
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates

9)     On arrival in Ireland

Please see relevant information from the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service.