Citizens of certain countries must apply for an entry visa before they travel to Ireland. Information on those who need an entry visa is available in our document: Visa requirements for entering Ireland.
If you require a visit/holiday visa and do not have one when you arrive in Ireland, you will not be allowed to enter the country. A visit/holiday visa is for a short-term stay and will not exceed a maximum of 90 days.
If you are a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland, you do not require a visit/holiday visa to travel to Ireland. You have the right to enter and reside in Ireland for a period of up to 3 months simply by presenting a valid passport or national identity card; no other formality is required. There is no additional conditions concerning the minimum validity of duration of the identity card or passport. 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).
Since July 2011 the Short Stay Visa Waiver Programme allows nationals of countries such as India, China and the Russian Federation, who have a short-term UK visa to come to Ireland without the need for a separate Irish visa. The Programme will end on 31 October 2016.
Since 13 October 2014, under a new British Irish Visa Scheme (BIVS), visitors from China and India can travel freely within the Common Travel Area, (that is, Ireland and the UK, including Northern Ireland), using either an Irish or UK short-stay visa endorsed with 'BIVS'. The Scheme operates through a reciprocal visa arrangement, whereby Ireland and the UK recognise short-stay visas issued by the other for travel to their jurisdiction. The British Irish Visa Scheme will replace the Irish Visa Waiver Programme.
The following information describes the minimum documentation that you must provide with any visa application. If any of this documentation is missing your application will be refused.
All documents must be in English. If any document is in another language, you must provide a notarised translation as well as the original document.
For the particular documentation needed for a tourist visa, see information headed 'Travelling to Ireland as a tourist', below.
If you will be visiting Ireland for a short period (less than 3 months) and you require a visa, you must present the following documents with your completed and signed visa application form:
There is more information on the documentation required for a visit/holiday visa on the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of the Department of Justice and Equality.
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. The length of time you will be allowed to stay in Ireland is determined by the Immigration Officer but will never exceed a maximum of 90 days.
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.
The visiting/holiday visa issued to you allows you to enter the State once. If you have 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.
Visit/holiday visas are only granted for short term stays and never exceed 90 days. It is not possible to extend your stay beyond 90 days. You must leave the State on or before the date which has been stamped on your passport by the Immigration Officer when you entered.
Information on those who need a visa to visit Ireland is available in our
requirements for entering Ireland. You do not require a visa if you are
from an EU/EEA member state.
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 (pdf) 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.
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).
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).
Before applying for a re-entry visa you must register with the local immigration officer for the district in which you are staying (Garda National Immigration Bureau 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 & Immigration Service,
13-14 Burgh Quay,
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 & Immigration Service website.
If you require a visa in order to visit Ireland, your application must be made online.
If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm) or you can visit your local Citizens Information Centre.