Visas for Ireland
If you want 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 and you will find extended and detailed visa advice on their site. To apply for a visa at the Embassy of Ireland in Bratislava, you must be ordinarily resident in the Slovak Republic.
Who needs a Visa?
Do I need a Visa to come to Ireland?
How to Apply
You will need to:
- Complete the online application form. Please click to begin your online application.
- Gather your supporting documentation.
- Get your passport photograph and ensure that it complies with photograph requirements.
- Check the “Fees” information on this page and pay the appropriate fee to the Embassy.
- 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
6. If you are resident in the Slovak Republic, the online application system will automatically request you to submit your documentation to:
Embassy of Ireland
You can send your application by post (registered) or by courier. Alternatively, you can come in person to the Embassy with the documents. Our opening hours for submitting applications in person are:
Monday – Friday 9am – 12.30pm (excluding public holidays)
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.
The granting of an Irish visa is, in effect, only a form of pre-entry clearance. 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 always carry with them the originals or copies of the documents submitted with their visa applications for possible inspection by Immigration Officers.
Furthermore, 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.
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 become liable for prosecution and/or subject to deportation.
The granting of a visa is not a mere formality. As a result, the Embassy will not be held responsible for any cancelled or unused travel tickets in the event of a visa application not being processed by an applicant's intended date of travel or where an application has been rejected by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. As a result, we advise all visa applicants NOT to purchase or book travel tickets until their visa application has been approved, issued and received.
Need more information?
Visit the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) website to find out what you need to know before you apply for a visa.
The majority of visa applications are sent to Dublin for processing. The Embassy of Ireland strongly recommends that you apply at least eight weeks before you intend to travel to Ireland.
Visa Decisions can be followed on the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS). Search for your application using the reference number given to you at the Embassy.
Standard non-refundable visa application processing fees are:
Single Journey Visa: €60
Multi Journey Visa: €100
Transit Visa: €25
No fee required
Some applicants don't have to pay a fee for their visa. 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. Holders of EU family cards are also exempt from payment.
In addition, applicants from the countries listed below don't have to pay a fee:
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Kyrgyzstan||Sri Lanka|
|Jamaica||Republic of Macedonia|
For a full list see: http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/fees
Note - The fee is waived for applications for short stay visas from nationals of the countries included in the Visa Waiver Programme who are resident in the Schengen area. See schedule 3 of the "Who needs a Visa tab" for a list of countries who qualify for this waiver. This includes the following countries:
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||People's Republic of China||Turkey|
|India||Qatar||United Arab Emirates|
Payment should be made in cash or by bank transfer:
UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia
Department of Foreign Affairs
Bank Account Number
Bank Sort Code
SK 26 1111 0000 0013 5032 1028
Personal cheques are not accepted and this office does not have credit/debit card payment facilities.
Once a visa application is lodged for processing, the processing fee cannot be refunded.
Postal applications are also accepted. The Embassy strongly recommends the use of registered mail or a reputable courier service. The courier service is payable by the applicant in addition to the application fee.
Details about how to appeal a decision to refuse a visa can be found on the INIS website.
On Arrival in Ireland
All non-EU citizens, whether visa-required or not, will be subject to ordinary immigration controls at the port of entry.
For further information please see the INIS website.
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.