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Permission to enter Ireland

Introduction

Irish citizens are entitled to enter Ireland. If you are a national of the European Union (EU), of one of the other EEA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) or of Switzerland you may be prevented from entering Ireland only in very restricted circumstances – see ‘EEA and Swiss nationals’ below.

Non-EEA nationals need permission to enter Ireland. Whether or not you are required to have a visa to enter Ireland, the same rules about permission to enter apply to non-EEA nationals. When you arrive in Ireland, you must report to an immigration officer. If you are allowed to enter Ireland, the immigration officer may give you permission to remain in Ireland for up to 3 months – see ‘Non-EEA nationals’ below.

Travel with a child aged under 18: The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) has published advice for people travelling to Ireland with a minor who is not their child or who has a different surname.

Advance Passenger Information: The European Communities (Communication of Passenger Data) Regulations 2011 requesting airlines to provide Advance Passenger Information (API) apply to all inbound flights to Ireland from outside the EU. It is aimed at improving border control and combating illegal immigration.

EEA and Swiss nationals

If you are an EEA or Swiss national, you may be refused permission to enter Ireland only if:

  • You are suffering from a specified disease or disability or
  • Your conduct has been such that it would be contrary to public policy or would endanger public security

You do not have to register with the immigration authorities as EEA and Swiss nationals have specific rights to live and work in Ireland.

Non-EEA nationals

If you are a national of any other country, you must get permission to enter when you arrive in Ireland.

If you are refused permission to enter

The immigration officer may refuse for any one of a number of reasons. For example, permission may be refused if the immigration officer has reason to believe that:

  • You are not in a position to support yourself and any dependants arriving with you
  • You intend to take up employment and you do not have a permit
  • You suffer from certain specified conditions - these include TB, other infectious diseases, drug addiction and profound mental disturbance (this is defined as “manifest conditions of psychotic disturbance with agitation, delirium, hallucinations or confusion”)
  • You have been convicted of an offence which carries a penalty of a year’s imprisonment or more
  • You are obliged to have a visa and you do not have one
  • You are the subject of a deportation order, an exclusion order or similar order
  • You do not have a valid passport
  • You intend to travel to Great Britain or Northern Ireland and you do not have a right to enter there
  • Your entry or presence in Ireland could pose a threat to national security or be contrary to public policy.

If you are refused permission to enter you must be given the reasons in writing.

If you are granted permission to enter

You may be given permission to enter but with conditions attached. For example, you may be allowed stay for a stated period only.

The immigration officer may grant you a visitor permission which allows you to stay for a maximum of 3 months. In certain unforeseen circumstances, this visitor permission may be extended.

If you wish to stay in Ireland for longer than this you must apply for permission to remain by registering with your local immigration office. In Dublin this is in the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB), and outside Dublin it is the local garda district headquarters – see ‘Where to apply’ below. You can read more in our document, Registration of non-EEA nationals in Ireland.

However, visa-required nationals who have entered Ireland on a C visa cannot extend their permission to remain. They must leave and apply for a D visa from outside Ireland if they wish to return.

Where to apply

Contact your local garda district headquarters (living outside Dublin)

Garda National Immigration Bureau

13/14 Burgh Quay
Dublin 2
Ireland

Opening Hours:Mon to Thurs inclusive: 8am to 9pm, Friday 8am to 6pm
Tel:+353 1 666 9100
Homepage: http://www.garda.ie/Controller.aspx?Page=31
Email: gnib_dv@garda.ie

Page edited: 7 July 2016

Language

Gaeilge

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