Visas for Ireland
If you want to enter Ireland, you may need a visa. We will guide you through the application process.
In Ireland, the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) is primarily responsible for dealing with immigration and visa matters, and you should refer to their website for detailed information.
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.
Who needs a Visa?
For more information on whether you need a visa to travel to Ireland please consult the Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service.
Singapore and Brunei passport holders do not require a visa to visit Ireland.
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. Compile your application, which must include:
- The online summary sheet signed by you, with photo affixed to the top-left corner
- Current passport and any previous passports (or copies of previous passports if originals unavailable
- All required supporting documents
4. The online application system will automatically request you to submit your documentation to your nearest Irish Embassy. The Embassy of Ireland in Singapore accepts applications from visa-required travellers who are normally resident in Singapore, Brunei and Timor-Leste. Applications and supporting documentation should be sent to:
Embassy of Ireland
541 Orchard Road
Liat Towers, 8th Floor
You can send your application by registered post (where available and reliable) or by reputable courier service. You can also submit your application over the counter at the Embassy. Our service hours for visa submission are Monday to Friday 09:30 - 12:00.
5. Applications from visa-required travellers who are normally resident in the Philippines should be submitted in person or by reputable courier service, along with supporting documentation, to:
Consulate General of Ireland
3/F Max's Bldg. 70 Jupiter St.
Bel-Air 1, Makati City
Opening hours: 08:00 – 15:00, Monday to Friday (by appointment only)
The processing times for visa applications vary depending on the visa type.
You should apply for your visa in plenty of time, ideally 8 weeks before your travel date. Please note that we can only process fully completed applications. If you are missing documents, your application will take longer to process and may be rejected.
We endeavour to provide decisions on business visa applications within 10 working days, provided the application received is complete.
For join family visa applications, the long term or 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.
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 submitted 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 this Office is 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.
Types of Visa and Documentation
What sort of Visa do I need?
A comprehensive list of the different visa types that are available, and the documentation required in respect of each, is available from the INIS website
If you are applying for a business visa and it's being processed by an Embassy or Consulate, you should have a decision within 10 working days, provided all of your documentation is in order.
For ease of reference, separate links for some of the most common visa types are set out below.
Travelling to Ireland as a tourist
If you are a Visa-required national and you would like to visit Ireland for a short period (90 days or less) you will find useful guidelines and details of requirements for Visit/Holiday Visa applications from INIS
For further information on tourism in Ireland please visit the website of Tourism Ireland
Travelling to Ireland on business
If you are a Visa-required national and coming to Ireland for a business meeting you will find useful guidelines and details of requirements for Business Visa applications on INIS
If you are a Visa-required national and coming to Ireland for a conference, you will find useful guidelines and details of requirements for Conference Visa applications on INIS
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.
Studying in Ireland
If you require an entry visa for Ireland and would like to study here, you will find useful guidelines and details of requirements for Study Visa applications on INIS
For further information on studying in Ireland:
- Immigration Regime for Full Time Non-EEA Students
- Irish Council for International Students
- Immigration and Visas - A guide for international students
- Internationalisation Register
Visa application fees are non-refundable, whether or not your visa is granted. They are payable in local currency at our Embassy in Singapore and at our Honorary Consulate General in Manila.
- Single Journey – good for a single journey: SGD $100 / PHP 3,600⁺
- Multiple Journey – good for multiple entries to the State: SGD $170 / PHP 6,000⁺
⁺ Additional communication charge of PHP 400 – PHP 1,000 applies to visa applications from the Philippines, depending on category of visa
No Fee Required
Some applicants do not have to pay for visa application. These include visa-required spouses and certain family members of EEA citizens (including Irish nationals). You must provide proof of the relationship with the application.
In addition, applicants from the below countries do not have to pay a visa application fee:
Republic of Macedonia
Important Notes regarding payment of fees
Fees must be settled in local currency in the office in which your application is submitted.
Payment by cash is acceptable for applications presented in person at the Embassy in Singapore or at the Honorary Consulate General in Manila. Please do not send cash by post.
You can pay by cheque payable to “Embassy of Ireland” for applications submitted in Singapore, or “Consulate General of Ireland” for applications submitted in Manila.
It is important to provide a full postal return address (not a P.O. Box address) and a contact number for all applications.
If you are not able to collect documents personally, you may arrange collection by your representative. In this case, a letter authorising the person to collect your documents on your behalf should be provided to the Embassy. You may also arrange for a courier to collect your documents; however you do so at your own risk.
The Embassy cannot accept responsibility for any documents or items lost in transit.
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. Faxed or emailed appeals will not be considered.
- 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 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
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
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.