Visas for people visiting Ireland on business

Introduction

Travelling to Ireland on business

Citizens of certain countries must apply for a visa to enter Ireland before they travel here on business trips. Information on those who need an entry visa is available in our document: Visa requirements for entering Ireland.

Citizens of EU/EEA member states or Switzerland do not require a visa to travel to Ireland on business. (The members of the EEA are the 28 countries of the European Union (EU), together with Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein). There is information for non-EEA nationals applying for a short-stay visa to accompany or join an EU citizen family member in Ireland on the Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service (INIS) website.

Even if you do not require a visa to enter Ireland, all non-EEA nationals must obtain permission to enter the State by reporting to an Immigration Officer at the port of entry. You should have supporting documentation relating to the purpose of your visit (see below).

The Short Stay Visa Waiver Programme allows nationals of a number of Eastern European, Middle East and Asian countries who have a short-term UK visa to come to Ireland without the need for a separate Irish visa. This programme has been extended to 31 October 2021.

The British Irish Visa Scheme applies to visitors from China since 20 October 2014 and to visitors from India since 9 February 2015. This scheme allows visitors from these countries to travel freely within the Common Travel Area (in this case, Ireland and the UK but not the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man), using either an Irish or UK visa.

Documentation required

If you are coming to Ireland for a business meeting and you require a visa, you must present the following with your visa application.

  • A letter of invitation from the Irish company in question, outlining what you will be doing on your proposed stay in Ireland and how long you will be staying
  • Confirmation of where you will be staying during your proposed stay in Ireland
  • Confirmation of who will be responsible for your expenses during your stay in Ireland. (Irrespective of whether it is you or your company, evidence may be required)

There is more information on the documentation required for a business visa on the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service of the Department of Justice and Equality.

If you are coming to Ireland for a conference and you require a visa, you must present the following with your visa application:

  • A letter from the conference host outlining the nature and duration of your proposed stay in Ireland
  • Confirmation of where you will be staying during your proposed stay in Ireland
  • Confirmation of who will be responsible for your expenses during your stay in Ireland. If it is you or your company, evidence may be required

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service has more information on the documentation required for a conference visa.

Permission to land

All non-EEA nationals, including those with visas, must obtain permission to enter the State by reporting to an Immigration Officer at the port of entry. You should have supporting documentation relating to the purpose of your visit on your person when coming through immigration. You can read more in our document on permission to land in Ireland.

What do I do if I want to leave for a short while?

The visa issued to you allows you to enter the State once. If you wish to leave for a short while and then return you must apply for a re-entry visa. (See 'How to apply' below for information on how to apply for a re-entry visa.)

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa (if required) for the country you intend travelling to. Please note that you must obtain a visa from the UK authorities before travelling to Northern Ireland (Counties Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Down, Fermanagh and Tyrone). Information on applying for a visa to visit the UK is available from UK Visas and Immigration.

Rules

Information on those who need a visa to visit Ireland is available in our document: Visa requirements for entering Ireland. You do not require a visa if you are from an EU/EEA member state.

Rates

Standard non-refundable visa application processing fees are:

Single-journey visa: €60

Multiple-journey visa: €100

Certain applicants are not required to pay a fee. They include visa-required spouses and certain family members of EU/EEA citizens. In addition, applicants from some countries are not required to pay a fee. As this changes from time to time, you should check with your local Irish embassy or consulate, or with the Visa Office - see 'Where to apply'.

Nationals of the countries covered by the Short-stay Visa Waiver Programme who are long-term legal residents of the UK or the Schengen area will still require a visa but will not have to pay the visa fee.

How to apply

You must apply for a visa online. There is information on how to complete an online application in English (pdf) as well as in Arabic (pdf), Chinese (pdf), Russian (pdf), French (pdf), Turkish (pdf), Hindi (pdf) and Urdu (pdf).

Details of what documents you will need and the photographic requirements are on the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) website.

The Irish Government has started collecting biometric data from certain visa applicants. From March 2010 all visa applicants aged 6 years and over residing in Nigeria must provide fingerprints. You can find information about biometric data on the INIS website.

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service recommends that you should allow at least 8 weeks for your visa application to be processed.

Detailed information on the application procedures is available on the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS).

Applying for a re-entry visas

Before applying for a re-entry visa you must register with the local immigration officer for the district in which you are staying (Burgh Quay Registration Office if staying in Dublin). You can read more about registration in our document on Registration of non-EEA nationals in Ireland.

Sent your completed Re-Entry Visa Application Form, along with all required documentation, by registered post to the:

Re-entry Visa Processing Office,
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service,
13-14 Burgh Quay,
Dublin 2.

Apply for your re-entry visa well in advance of your proposed dates of travel. Postal applications for re-entry visas will be processed within 4 days of receipt and your re-entry visa will be returned to you by registered post.

If you wish to apply in person at the Visa Office you must book an appointment online. You will need to have a completed application form and all required documentation with you.

There is more information on applying for a re-entry visa, as well as information on photographic requirements on the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service website.

Where to apply

If you require a visa in order to enter Ireland, your application must be made online.

Your nearest Irish embassy or consulate.

Visa Office

Department of Justice and Equality
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service
13-14 Burgh Quay
Dublin 2
D02 XK70
Ireland

Homepage: http://www.inis.gov.ie/
Email: visamail@justice.ie

Page edited: 18 October 2016