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Visa Information

COVID-19: the  situation will continue to be reviewed in consultation with the relevant authorities.

-         The Riyadh VFS Office, and local visa processing offices under its remit, are temporarily ceasing accepting new visa/preclearance applications with effect from close of business 29 of January 2021. 

-         Short-stay visas (‘C’ categories) will not be accepted.

-         Priority/Emergency visa applications will continue to be processed as normal. Please see details below.

-         Short Stay Visa Waiver Programme (SSVWP) - the SSVWP has been suspended with effect from 10 July 2020 until further notice.

-          As of 27 January 2021, in addition to countries who were visa required prior to that date, passport holders of the following countries are now also required to apply for an entry visa or transit visa, as appropriate, before travelling to Ireland

-          All passengers arriving in Ireland from all countries will be required to show a negative result of a pre-departure PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival in the State. Children aged 6 and under will be exempt from this requirement.

-       Click here for latest information on travelling to Ireland during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Priority/Emergency applications

Certain Priority / Emergency cases will continue to be processed and these include the following:

  • People travelling for business/employment purposes and granted an employment permit by Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment to meet an enterprise’s key business (* See Clarification);
  • patients travelling for imperative medical reasons;
  • transport workers or transport service providers, including drivers of freight vehicles carrying goods for use in the territory as well as those merely transiting;
  • pupils, students and trainees who travel abroad on a daily basis and Third-country nationals travelling for the purpose of 3rd level study;
  • Join Family applications;
  • Preclearance applications from De Facto Partner of an Irish National, De Facto Partner of a Critical Skills Employment Permit Holder, or of a non EEA Researcher on a HostingAgreement and Family members looking to join a UK National in Ireland;
  • persons travelling for imperative family* or business reasons;
  • Persons entitled to avail of the provision of the EU Free Movement Directive;
  • diplomats, staff of international organisations and people invited by international organisations whose physical presence is required for the well-functioning of these organisations, military personnel and police officers, and humanitarian aid workers and civil protection personnel in the exercise of their functions;
  • passengers in transit;
  • seafarers;
  • journalists, when performing their duties.

(Clarification) This includes the following categories previously listed:

  • Workers or self-employed persons exercising critical occupations including healthcare workers, frontier and posted workers as well as seasonal workers as referred to in the Guidelines concerning the exercise of the free movement of workers during the COVID-19 outbreak;
  • transport workers or transport service providers, including drivers of freight vehicles carrying goods for use in the territory as well as those merely transiting.

If your application falls under one of these categories, please contact us so that we can advise you on the application process.

Travelling to Ireland; 

Anyone travelling to Ireland will be required to fill out a form the Public Health Passenger Locator Form. This form (which should be completed before you travel) may be used by Irish health authorities to contact you to verify your location in Ireland. Visit the Irish Health Service COVID-19 Advice Page and the Irish Government Advice on International Travel for further information.

Visas for Ireland

If you wish to enter Ireland, you may need a visa. In Ireland, the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS),  is primarily responsible for dealing with immigration and visa matters.

Further information

Information on long-stay 'D'-category visas can be found here.

Visa Applications

The Embassy of Ireland Riyadh processes visa applications from visa required nationals resident in Saudi Arabia. Applications should be submitted to VFS directly, further information can found here.

Visa fee

Current single entry visa fee: SAR 275

Current multiple entry visa fee: SAR 460

Processing times

Processing times vary depending on the type of visa, nature of application and current restrictions, in Ireland and Saudi Arabia, due to Covid 19. 

Contact us

VFS operate a visa help phone line on behalf of the Irish Embassy. Contact details can be found here

Countries that we process visa applications for: Saudi Arabia

Embassy Visa Office Opening Hours: Visa applications are made via Visa Facilitation Services (VFS) Offices.

Embassy Visa Office Phone Lines: The Visa Facilitation Services (VFS) Offices operate phone lines on behalf of the Irish Embassy.

Visa Facilitation Services (VFS) Contact Details

Please note that current processing times for tourist visas are approximately 2 weeks. Processing times vary depending on type of visa and nature of application.

Check how long it will take to get the type of visa you are applying for

Current single entry visa fee: SAR 275

Current multiple entry visa fee: SAR 460

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:



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



















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


At the end of the online application, we will tell you where to submit the following documents:

  • online summary sheet
  • visa application
  • supporting documentation for your visa type
  • photograph affixed to the top left of your application form
  • current passport (at least 6 months after the date of departure from Ireland or 12 months if applying for a stay long stay visa)
  • previous passports (copies of previous passports if originals unavailable)

When travelling with a minor you must specify the person that will accompany the child and submit:

  • a certified translation of your family book
  • written consent of the legal guardians
  • passport of both legal guardians

King Abdullah Scholarship Program - KASP Scholarship Programme

You must also submit:

  • Sponsorship letter showing the duration of the scholarship and visa purposes
  • Specify the names of any dependents
  • Proof of the relationship you have with any dependents (for example, marriage certificate, birth certificate and family book
  • Proof of enrolment at the relevant Educational Institution in Ireland

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. We will send application decisions to you.

Returning your documents:

  • We do not return photocopies of documents.
  • Keep copies of any documents you submit.
  • Send a letter with your application that lists the original the documents you would like us to return.
  • Documents will be returned to you by DHL at the applicants expense.
  • A third party can collect your passport. Send us a signed letter of authority authorising that person to collect.

We are under no obligation to contact you, or your contact/host in Ireland. We may request extra documentation and or information.

We can refuse applications if:

  • your documents are not complete
  • your documents are not in English or Irish, or translated with a certified translation
  • we cannot verify the information you supplied
  • your application is not signed

Find your nearest Visa Facilitation Services Global (VFS) Office in:

Payment Details

You can pay the visa fee in your local currency at the relevant SAR exchange rate.

All applicants must pay their visa fee in full.

Pay at your nearest Visa Facilitation Services Global (VFS) Office if you are applying from:

Other charges

VFS charges its own visa processing fee in addition to the amounts indicated above.