Visa Requirements for Entering Ireland


Before traveling to Ireland, you might be wondering if you need a visa to enter the country. Here is some important information about Irish visa requirements, various visa types, visa waivers for certain categories, and how to apply for a visa or pre-clearance.

Do I Need a Visa?

If you are not a citizen of the UK, Switzerland, or a country in the European Economic Area (EEA), which includes the EU nations, Norway, Iceland, and Lichtenstein, you may need to apply for an Irish visa to travel to Ireland. The visa is a certificate placed on your passport or travel document, granting you entry to Ireland. However, it’s essential to note that possessing a visa doesn’t guarantee entry; you must still go through immigration control upon arrival, where an immigration officer may refuse entry if required.

Travelling with Children:

If you are traveling with children, you must apply for a visa for each child as well.

Visa Waiver for Ukrainian Citizens:

Citizens of Ukraine do not need a visa to travel to Ireland since 25th February 2022. Please read specific information if you have arrived in Ireland from Ukraine.

Visa Exemptions:

You do not need a visa to enter Ireland if you fall under any of the following categories:

  1. A citizen of the EU, the EEA, or Switzerland.
  2. Holder of a residence card issued by an EEA country or Switzerland, as a family member of an EEA or Swiss citizen living outside their home country.
  3. Possess a UK short-stay visa and qualify for the short-stay visa waiver or the British-Irish Visa Scheme (details provided below).
  4. School student from an EU/EEA country traveling as part of a school trip (details provided below).
  5. A citizen of specific countries listed in the provided table.

Additional Information:

Types of Visa:

The type of visa required depends on the purpose and duration of your stay in Ireland:

  1. Short Stay Visas (C Visas): For stays of less than 3 months, such as tourism, visiting someone, business meetings, or short courses.
  2. Long Stay Visas (D Visas): For stays longer than 3 months, including study, work, or permanent settlement in Ireland with family members residing there.

Re-entry Multiple Entry Visas:

Initially, you receive a single entry visa. If you have obeyed the conditions of previous visas, you can apply for a multiple entry visa, useful for frequent business travel.

Transit Visas:

If you are traveling through Ireland to reach another country, you may need a transit visa, depending on your nationality.

Visa Waivers for UK Visa Holders:

The Short Stay Visa Waiver Programme allows nationals of certain Eastern European, Middle Eastern, and Asian countries holding a short-term UK visa to travel to Ireland without a separate Irish visa. This program also covers citizens of India and China under the British Irish Visa Scheme (BIVS).

School Student Visa Waiver:

School students from countries that typically require a visa to enter Ireland can apply for a waiver if they live in an EU/EEA country and are part of a school trip. The school principal must complete an application form and present it to immigration upon arrival.

Do I Need Preclearance?

Even if you don’t need a visa, you might have to apply for preclearance under specific circumstances, such as volunteering, being a minister of religion, or being the de facto partner or family member of certain individuals.

How to Apply for a Visa or Preclearance:

To apply for an entry visa or preclearance, you must submit an online application, available in various languages. It’s advised to apply at least 8 weeks before your intended travel date.

Visa Fees:

The standard non-refundable visa application processing fees are specified based on the type of visa you are applying for.

Additional Information and Contacts:

For more information about visas, you can contact your nearest Irish embassy or consulate. Specific contact details for the Visa Office and Re-entry Visa Processing Office are provided on the ISD website.

Please note that the visa requirements and policies are subject to change, so it’s essential to check the latest updates before making any travel plans.

Visa Office

Department of Justice

Immigration Service Delivery
13-14 Burgh Quay
Dublin 2
D02 XK70


Re-entry Visa Processing Office

Department of Justice

Immigration Service Delivery
13/14 Burgh Quay
Dublin 2

Opening Hours: 8.30am – 1:30pm Mon-Fri (excluding public holidays)

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