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Visa Services – COVID-19

Effective from close of business 29th January 2021, the Department of Justice has taken the decision to temporarily cease accepting new visa/ preclearance applications as part of the combined efforts to tackle COVID-19.

Increasing travel restrictions and the measures introduced as part of the Irish Government’s efforts to interrupt the transmission of COVID-19 means that travel may not be possible and even if possible is not advisable unless absolutely essential. It is currently against the law for any person (regardless of nationality or passport) to travel within Ireland for non-essential purposes and people can be fined for doing so. Mandatory quarantine measures applying to all international arrivals have also been introduced. Further information on these measures is available on the website of the Government of Ireland. Enforcement of this has been strongly increased over the last few days.

On 26 January 2021 the Government announced that visa-free travel to Ireland (with limited exemptions) for nationals of South Africa and all countries in South America has been suspended. Nationals of these countries will require to be in possession of an entry visa or transit visa, as appropriate, for travel to Ireland regardless of where they reside or the purpose of their travel to Ireland. Please see the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service website for further information on these visa measures. 

These measures are designed to support our public health restrictions on movement, including into and out of Ireland.

The strong advice is that everyone, regardless of their nationality, visa/preclearance status, or the origin of travel, who cannot provide proof of an essential purpose to travel to or within Ireland, should not travel to Ireland.

We intend to resume accepting applications as soon as safety concerns abate.

Certain priority/emergency cases will continue to be processed. For further information please see the website of Immigration Service Delivery.

If you have further questions in relation to your application, please contact the Embassy.

 

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Con entrada en vigor al cierre del 29 de enero de 2021, el Ministerio de Justicia ha tomado la decisión de no aceptar nuevas solicitudes de visado como parte de los esfuerzos combinados en la lucha contra la COVID-19.

El aumento de las restricciones de viaje y las medidas adoptadas por el Gobierno de Irlanda en sus esfuerzos para interrumpir la transmisión de la COVID-19 significa que viajar no será siempre posible y aunque lo fuere sólo se recomienda si es absolutamente necesario. Actualmente no se le permite a nadie (independientemente de nacionalidad o pasaporte) viajar dentro de Irlanda por motivos no esenciales y quien lo haga podrá ser multado. Se han introducido también medidas de cuarentena obligatoria para todas las llegadas internacionales. Hay más información disponible sobre estas medidas en la web del Gobierno de Irlanda. Se ha reforzado considerablemente la aplicación de estas medidas en los últimos días.

El 26 de enero de 2021 el Gobierno anunció que la exención de visados para viajar a Irlanda (con ciertas excepciones) para los nacionales de Sudáfrica y todos los nacionales de Sudamérica ha sido suspendida. Los ciudadanos de estos países se les requiere estar en posesión de una visado de entrada o tránsito, según proceda, para viajar a Irlanda independientemente de donde residan o el motivo de su viaje. Por favor visite la web del Servicio de Inmigración para más información sobre esta medida.

Estas medidas están diseñadas para apoyar las medidas sanitarias de restricción de movimientos, incluidos los desplazamientos hacia y desde Irlanda.

Se recomienda encarecidamente a todo aquel incapaz de demostrar motivos esenciales para su viaje hacia o dentro de Irlanda, que no viajen a Irlanda; independientemente de nacionalidad, estatus de visado/Preclearance o lugar de origen del viaje.

Nuestra intención es la de retomar los servicios habituales tan pronto como la situación lo permita.

Algunos casos prioritarios/de emergencia continuarán siendo tramitados. Para más información, véase por favor la web del Servicio de Inmigración.

Si tiene preguntas adicionales relativas a su solicitud, por favor contacte con la Embajada.

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.

 

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).

To apply for a visa, you must:

  • Complete the online application form
  • 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 a valid photo
    • Current passport and any previous passports (or copies of previous passports if originals unavailable)
    • All required supporting documents
  • The online application system will automatically request you to submit your documentation to the relevant Embassy

You can also send your application by registered post or by courier. Additionally, the completed application may be dropped to the Embassy in person.

Please note that we can only process fully complete applications. The onus is on the applicant to ensure their application is complete. Any missing documentation may result in longer processing times and potential refusal.

Further information on what to expect on arrival in Ireland can be found on the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS).

Check the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) for fees in Euro.

Some applicants are not required to pay the visa processing fee, including visa-required spouses and qualifying family members of EEA citizens (including Irish nationals). To see what other applicants are fee-exempt, please check the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS)

Payment Details

We accept the following forms of payment:

Personal cheques and cash 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.

Bank Address (only for payment purposes)

BBVA
C/Claudio Coello 92
Madrid 28006

Do not send applications to this address, applications should be sent to the Embassy address.

Account Name: EMBAJADA DE IRLANDA
Account Number: 0182 1932 44 0201542340
IBAN code: ES90 0182 1932 44 0201542340
Swift/BIC code: BBVAESMMXXX

Other charges

You may also have to pay communications charges.  In addition, where a document (such as a residence card or passport) is certified by an Irish Honorary Consulate, a fee will apply. Please consult our Consular Fees .

Payment is by bank transfer only.

If you have a non-EU bank account you can avoid expensive transfer charges by going in person to your nearest BBVA branch and lodging the fee in cash to our bank account. This may also be convenient if you don’t have internet banking.

Information Note

An information note has been prepared to assist applicants completing the online application form. This is available in: