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Visas for Ireland

If you want to enter Ireland, you may need a visa. We will guide you through the application process. Many common questions are answered in Top Visa Questions. 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.

Who needs a Visa?

Whether you need a visa to enter Ireland depends on what country you're from.

S.I. No 473 of 2014 groups countries into five different categories (schedules).

Please see Schedule 1, which is a list of countries that DO NOT NEED a visa. If your country is NOT listed you must apply for a visa before you travel to Ireland.

 

Note: A Schengen visa or UK visa is not valid for travel to Ireland. Note: For exceptions to this, please see Schedules 2, 3 and 4 below

Remember…

If you’re a citizen of a non-EEA country, whether you need a visa or not, you will be subject to immigration control when you enter Ireland.

Schedule 1 - Countries that do not need a visa

You DO NOT NEED an entry visa for Ireland if you are a passport holder of one of these countries:

Andorra

Guyana

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Antigua and Barbuda

Honduras

Saint Lucia

Argentina

Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region)

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Australia

Hungary

Samoa

Austria

Iceland

San Marino

Bahamas

Israel

Seychelles

Barbados

Italy

Singapore

Belgium

Japan

Slovak Republic

Belize

Kiribati

Slovenia

Bolivia

Latvia

Solomon Islands

Botswana

Lesotho

South Africa

Brazil

Liechtenstein

South Korea

Brunei

Lithuania

Spain

Bulgaria

Luxembourg

Swaziland

Canada

Macau (Special Administrative Region)

Sweden

Chile

Malaysia

Switzerland

Costa Rica

Maldives

Taiwan

Croatia

Malta

Tonga

Cyprus

Mexico

Trinidad and Tobago

Czech Republic

Monaco

Tuvalu

Denmark

Nauru

United Kingdom, British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies

Dominica

Netherlands, The

United States of America

El Salvador

New Zealand

Uruguay

Estonia

Nicaragua

Vanuatu

Fiji

Norway

Vatican City

Finland

Panama

 

France

Paraguay

 

Germany

Poland

 

Greece

Portugal

 

Grenada

Romania

 

Guatemala

 

 

 

Convention travel documents

If you hold Convention travel documents issued by an EEA state, please refer to Section 3. (b) (i) of S.I. No 473 of 2014 (short-stay visits only). 

Schedule 2 - Diplomatic Passport waiver programme

A holder of a diplomatic passport issued by a State or territorial entity specified below is not required to have a visa to enter Ireland

People’s Republic of China
United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Schedule 3 - Visa waiver programme

If you’re a citizen of one of these countries and you meet Visa Waiver Programme requirements, you may be able to travel on to Ireland from the UK without the need to obtain a separate Irish visa.

If not, you’ll need to apply for an entry visa before you travel to Ireland.

Bahrain

Montenegro

Serbia

Belarus

Oman

Thailand

Bosnia and Herzegovina

People’s Republic of China

Turkey

India

Qatar

Ukraine

Kazakhstan

Russian Federation

United Arab Emirates 

Kuwait

Saudi Arabia

Uzbekistan

NOTE: This also applies to nationals of Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates who have entered the United Kingdom on foot of a C-visit Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW)

 

Schedule 4 - British Irish Visa Scheme (BIVS)

United Kingdom visitors who are – nationals of a state or territorial entity specified in Schedule 4, AND holders of a visa issued by the competent authorities of the United Kingdom that is endorsed by those authorities with the letters “BIVS”

India People’s Republic of China

Schedule 5 - Transit Visas

If you are a citizen of one of these countries, you will need to apply for a transit visa:

Afghanistan

Georgia

Nigeria

Albania

Ghana

Somalia

Cuba

Iran

Sri Lanka

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Iraq

Ukraine

Eritrea

Lebanon

Zimbabwe

Ethiopia

Moldova, Republic of

 

  * Requirement for a transit visa waived for Ethiopian nationals transiting through the State via Dublin Airport to/from the USA and Canada.

How to Apply

Overview

You need to:

1. Complete the online application form
2. Gather your documentation (check what documents you need the menu option “Type of Visa and Supporting Documentation” on this page).
3. Get your passport photograph. Check here for photo 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. The online application system will automatically request you to submit your documentation to:

Visa Office
Embassy of Ireland
Paseo de la Castellana 46, 4ª
Madrid 28046

You can send your application by post (registered) or by courier.

Alternatively, you, or someone representing you, can come in person to the Embassy with the documents. Our opening hours for submitting applications in person are Monday or Wednesday, 11.30 – 13.15

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 English Information on completing Online Application English (PDF Size 56KB)
In Arabic Information on completing Online Application Arabic (PDF Size 197 KB)
In Chinese Information on Completing Online Application Chinese (PDF Size 265 KB)
In French Information on completing Online Application French (PDF Size 96 KB)
In Russian Information on completing Online Application Russian (PDF Size 247 KB)
In Turkish Information on completing Online Application Turkish (PDF Size 222KB)
In Urdu Information on completing Online Application Urdu (PDF Size 216KB)

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…

If you submit false or misleading information in support of your application, you may become liable for prosecution and/or deportation.

Can I track my application?

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. You can also check our Top Visa Questions.

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

For ease of reference, separate links for some of the most common visa types are set out below.  

Please be advised that, if you are applying for a visa through the Embassy of Ireland in Madrid, you must be resident in Spain and possess a valid residence card.  Your residence card should have 3 months validity from the date you intend to leave Ireland.  You must present the original card with your application or a photocopy stamped by an Irish Consulate (a fee will be charged for this service – see the list of Consular fees on our website https://www.dfa.ie/irish-embassy/spain/our-services/consular-fees/). 

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 as a Family members of EU/EEA/Swiss citizens seeking to apply under Directive 2004/38/EC (Free Movement Directive)

Please refer to INIS for details and comprehensive information regarding these types of applications.

Business Meeting

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

Conference

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

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:

Learn more...

Can’t find the information you need? Consult FAQs or contact us

 

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   

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 

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.

PAYMENT METHOD

Bank Address (only for payment purposes)
BBVA
C/Claudio Coello 92
Madrid 28006
(Please 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

Observaciones/concepto: Name and service required.

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.

Processing Times

The processing times for visa applications vary depending on the visa type and the office to which the application is lodged.

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 complete applications. If you are missing documents, your application will take longer to process and may be rejected.

Specific cases:

Long Stay Study Visas (90 + days) require a minimum of 8 weeks from the date of receipt in this office.

Business visas can be processed in 10 working days.

Long-term “join family” visa: The long term or permanent nature of the intended stay in Ireland means these application will be referred to INIS.  As they will require more in-depth consideration than short-stay visa applications, it is recommended that applicants make their applications at least 12 weeks prior to their proposed dates of travel. Please see current INIS processing times.

Please note that these are indicative processing times only. Visa applications are considered in as speedy a manner as possible. While the majority of applications are dealt with within a shorter timeframe, processing may take longer at certain times of the year or depending on the complexity of the application. This is why you should allow as much time as possible when applying for a visa.

The onus is on you, the applicant, to ensure that your full, complete application is submitted in sufficient time for a decision to be made before your date of travel.

Visa Appeals

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.

You should:

  • 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 review

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

Immigration control

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.

Additional documents

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.

Registration

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.