IMPORTANT NOTICE - During August and September visa applications may take longer to process than our indicative processing times below. This is due to the increase in the volume of applications being received and the resources available to process them. We strongly advise that you submit your application as far in advance as possible. DO NOT CALL THE VISA OFFICE FOR UPDATES ON THE STATUS OF YOUR APPLICATION. You will be informed by the Consulate when a decision is made.
For nationals and residents of Bahrain, the Honorary Consulate of Ireland will assist with the visa application process. The Consulate will be the first point of contact and will update you on any matters relating to your visa application. Contact details for the Honorary Consulates can be found on the Department main site.
Applicants residing in Bahrain must now only apply online (Bahrain is listed in the supported countries section on the INIS website).
To launch an online application please use the INIS form.
Applicants are reminded that completing the online application form is only the first step in the visa application process. An application can only be processed when the on-line form is completed AND the required backing documentation, passport photograph and appropriate fee are received by the relevant office as indicated by the online system.
It is no longer possible to apply using a downloaded/paper application form.
It is no longer possible to apply using a downloaded/paper application form
Information Note to Assist Applicants
All visa applications from Bahrain will be routed to the Irish Visa Office based at the Embassy of Ireland in Abu Dhabi, UAE, for processing.
All visa applications from Bahrain will be routed to the Irish Visa Office based at the Embassy of Ireland in Abu Dhabi, UAE, for processing
When you have completed the on line application and have all of the accompanying papers you must lodge the application with the Honorary Consul in Manama. The Honorary Consul will send your papers to the Embassy in the UAE on your behalf, having undertaken an initial examination of all the papers.
You should submit your visa application to the Consulate in Manama please contact the Consulate in advance of travel to check the office working times.
The contact details of the Consulate are:
Honorary Consulate of Ireland
Banz Group Head Office P.O. Box 2244
Kingdom of Bahrain
Telephone: + 973-177-28146
Fax: + 973-177-29403
When you have completed the on line application and have all of the accompanying papers you can lodge the application with the Honorary Consul in Manama. The Honorary Consul will send your papers to the Embassy in the UAE on your behalf, having undertaken an initial examination of all the papers. All visa applications submitted to the Honorary Consulate are sent to the Irish Visa Office based at the Embassy of Ireland in Abu Dhabi, UAE, for processing. The actual decision on your visa will be made in the Visa Office in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
You will be contacted by the Consulate when a decision has been made on your application. All decisions following assessment will be provided to the Consulate in Muscat as required for onward posting or collection of the visa.
In advance of beginning your visa application online, please consult the homepage of INIS for full information regarding the documentation required to accompany your visa application.
Applicants are reminded that completing the on-line application form is only the first step in the visa application process. An application can only be processed when the on-line form is completed AND the required backing documentation, passport photograph and appropriate fee is received by the Visa Office.
Click here to launch an on-line application via INIS.
PLEASE ENSURE YOU READ THE SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS SECTION ON THIS WEBSITE SO THAT YOU ARE AWARE OF WHAT DOCUMENTS YOU NEED TO SUBMIT WITH YOUR VISA APPLICATION.
Applications received without the necessary supporting documents or information will delay the processing of your application or may result in it being refused.
You must also ensure that ‘all’ the required supporting documentation accompanies your visa application otherwise your visa application cannot be processed or will be delayed. It is your responsibility to ensure you have sent our Visa Office all the necessary documents in order for a decision to be made. You will find the list of supporting documentation required for the main types of visas on the INIS website.
The method of payment will be CASH paid to the Honorary Consulate in Manama.
The fee for processing your visa application will be 255 AED for a single entry visa. In circumstances where a multiple entry visa may be granted the fee will be 425 AED. A transit visa will cost 110 AED.
You can pay the fee in your local currency at the relevant AED exchange rates. You should refer to www.inis.gov.ie for information as to when a multiple entry visa may be granted. The details can be found on the site at the section dealing with visa fees. This section of the site also provides details as to when a fee may not be required.
The visa fees mentioned above must be paid in full – depending on the visa being sought. These fees are required to undertake an examination of the application.
IMPORTANT: Regardless of indicative processing times below you ‘should’ always apply for your visa well in advance and allow at least 2-3 weeks for your application to be processed.
DO NOT ASK THAT A DECISION IS MADE SOONER THAN THIS AS YOUR REQUEST WILL BE REFUSED.
Provided that all the required documents have been supplied and are in order, applications for short stay ‘C’ visas will be processed within 4-10 working days from the time the application is received by the Visa Office in Abu Dhabi.
Long stay visas (D Visas) such as Study, Employment, Join Spouse/Parent of Irish National and Join Spouse/Parent of EEA National and EU Treaty Rights visas will be processed generally within 15-20 working days from date of receipt of the application by the Irish Visa Office.
You should allow extra time for a courier to send your application to the Visa Office. We recommend you allow a 'minimum' of 3-5 working days for this. The visa office cannot be held responsible for delays in the processing of applications due to couriers.
Incomplete applications will result in a delay. The onus is on the applicant to supply the required documentation and to satisfy the visa officer that a visa may be granted. Please note that these are indicative processing times only. Processing may take longer at certain times of the year or depending on the complexity of the application.
How will I be notified when a decision is made?
You will be contacted either by the Honorary Consulate in your country or by the Visa Office in Abu Dhabi when a decision has been made on your application or if further clarification or documentation is required.
Weekly Decision Reports
Every Thursday, a report detailing all decisions made in the previous week at the Visa Office Abu Dhabi is posted to the Weekly Decision Reports page. Please use your unique online application number to search these reports for your decision.
How to appeal a visa refusal? Please click the following link Visa Appeals
If you wish to travel to Ireland or pass through an Irish port in order to travel to another state you may need an Irish visa.
You may need a visa to travel to Ireland even if you live in Ireland.
A visa is a paper document affixed to a page of the holder's passport. It permits a person to travel to Ireland during the validity period stated on the visa. It does not guarantee entry to the State. An Immigration Officer at the port of entry has the authority to grant or deny admission, and to decide the duration of a person’s stay in the State.
What do I need to know?
Read the Checklist to find out if you need an Irish visa and about applying for a visa on the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Services website.