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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.

In Ireland, the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) is primarily responsible for dealing with immigration and visa matters.

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 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

The Embassy is responsible for handling visa applications made in Uganda. However, the Irish National Immigration Service (INIS) is responsible for assessing visa applications and determining whether visas should be granted.

Ugandan and Rwandan citizens require a visa to enter or transit through Ireland.

Applicants should note that 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 at entry points 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.

Visa-holders should also note that a visa does not grant permission to remain in Ireland. The dates shown on the visa indicate only the timeframe during which you may enter Ireland.

How to Apply

Submitting you Application Form

You need to:

  1. Complete the online application form
  2. Gather your supporting documentation, photographs and fee (Note that if you a hold a valid Ugandan passport there is no fee for this service)
  3. The online application system will automatically request you to submit your documentation to:

Embassy of Ireland
25 Yusuf Lule Road
P.O. Box 7791
Kampala
Uganda

Opening Hours

The Embassy of Ireland in Uganda is open Monday to Thursday from 10:00am - 12:00pm and 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Fridays, the Embassy is open from 10:00am - 12:00pm.

Embassy Closures

Saturdays, Sundays, and all Public Holidays.

How to Apply from Rwanda

You need to:

  1. Complete the online application form
  2. The application and necessary documents plus the fee must be sent by courier to the Embassy in Kampala (at the applicant’s expense). The applicant should arrange with the courier service to collect the passport upon decision.
  3. For both Visas and Passports, applicants from Rwanda need to pay in Euros.

Embassy of Ireland
25 Yusuf Lule Road
P.O. Box 7791
Kampala
Uganda

Processing Times

Straightforward business visa applications processed under delegated sanction at the Embassy should be decided within 10 working days of receipt, provided that the documentation provided is fully in order. The Embassy reserves the right to request additional information or documents at any time.

Applications that are usually referred to INIS for decision (e.g. applications for Study, Visit or Join Family visas) will have a longer decision time, which will vary at different times of the year. In order to ensure you leave sufficient time for the application to be fully processed we advise that you should apply for your visa 6-8 weeks before your planned date of travel. Incomplete applications will result in a delay.

Following the online application

Once I have applied online, what do I do?

  1. Refer to checklists and the Types of Visa and Documentation tab of this website to ensure that you have all of the documents required to support your application.
  2. Check the Visa Fees tab to find out about the current visa fees.
  3. Check the Photo Requirements (link to relevant page on INIS website) page to ensure that you are providing an appropriate photo.
  4. Once you have checked all of the above, submit your application to the address given by the system. The application must include:
  • The online summary sheet signed by you
  • Two passport photographs (one to be affixed to the top left of your application form)
  • Current passport and any previous passports (or copies of previous passports if originals unavailable)
  • All required supporting documents
  • The visa fee (if required)

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:

All supporting documentation (bank statements, letters of employment/study, car/property ownership certificates, marriage certificates, birth certificates etc.) should be in English or accompanied by a notarised translation. Failure to translate your documents into English may result in your visa application being refused. It is not sufficient to send in copies of your documents. All documentation submitted must be original and verifiable (e.g. employment/study details, accommodation bookings must have correct contact details on each document). If this Office is unable to verify the information supplied this may result in your visa being refused.

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.

If you have been refused a visa for any country, details of this must be given. Submit a copy of the letter issued to you by the authorities of that country, including a notarised translation if not in English. Concealment of visa refusals will result in your Irish visa application being refused.

Please note that if you provide false, fraudulent or misleading information or documentation, your application will be refused. You may also lose the right to appeal the decision. Any future applications made by you may also be refused.

If deemed necessary, additional documentation / information may be requested by the Irish Visa Officer upon detailed examination of the application.

Notification

You will be notified by the Embassy as soon as a decision on your application has been made. Visa decisions are also published every week on the INIS Visa Decisions page. You can check this list by using the reference number which is issued to you when you submit your 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.

Types of Visa and Documentation

What sort of Visa do I need?

The following checklists outline the requirements of the most common types of visa applications

Short Stay

Long Stay

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

If you are applying for a business visa and it's being processed by an Embassy or Consulate, you should have a decision within 10 working days, provided all of your documentation is in order.

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

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 on business

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

Starting a Business in Ireland

If you are a Visa-required national and you wish to set up a business in Ireland, you will require Business Permission from the Department of Justice and Equality, prior to applying for your visa. Find more information on the INIS website

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:

 

Visa Fees

A non-refundable visa fee may be applicable.  Applicants should ensure that they obtain their receipts for payments made. To see the visa fees payable and countries that are exempted from payment of visa fees, please visit the INIS website.

Visa fees must be paid in Ugandan Shilling when applying from Uganda. As exchange rates vary on a weekly basis, please contact the Embassy before you submit your application to find out the correct fee in Ugandan Shilling for that month. If applying from Rwanda payment must be made in Euros.

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.

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.