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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?

Please visit the Department of Justice’s website to check if you require a Visa 

How to Apply

Overview

You will need to:

  1. Complete the online application form. Please click to begin your online application.
  2. Gather your supporting documentation.
  3. Get your passport photograph and ensure that it complies with photograph requirements.
  4. Check the “Fees” information on this page and pay the appropriate fee to the Embassy.
  5. 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
Mostová 2
81102, Bratislava
Slovak Republic

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.

Remember…

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.

Processing Times

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.

Visa Fees

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 
Cote d'Ivoire Montenegro  Tunisia 
Ecuador  Morocco  Uganda 
Indonesia Peru  Zambia 
Jamaica  Republic of Macedonia   
Kosovo Serbia   

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:

Bahrain Montenegro  Serbia 
Belarus  Oman  Thailand 
Bosnia and Herzegovina  People's Republic of China  Turkey 
Ukraine  Kuwait  Saudi Arabia 
India  Qatar United Arab Emirates 
Kazakhstan  Russian Federation  Uzbekistan 

Payment should be made in cash or by bank transfer:

Bank  

UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia

Account Name

Department of Foreign Affairs

Bank Account Number 

1350321028

Bank Sort Code   

1111 

BIC /SWIFT

UNCRSKBX

IBAN

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.

 

Visa Appeals

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.

Remember...

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.