Visas for tourists visiting Ireland
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 or holiday visa and do not have one when you arrive in Ireland, you will not be allowed to enter the country. A visit or 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 or 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 are 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).
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 for all visa applications
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.
- You must complete all sections of the application form.
- You must sign the form yourself. The only exception is for children under 18 - the parent(s) may sign in this case.
- If a child (under 18 years of age) is travelling alone, both parents or guardians must have given their consent. If the child is travelling with one parent, the consent of the other parent is required. Where only one parent has total custody and access rights, you must provide official evidence of this.
- You must have a passport which is valid for a period lasting at least 6 months after the date you propose to leave Ireland.
- You must be able to prove that you can support yourself for the duration of your stay in Ireland. A detailed bank statement, covering the 6 months before you apply for the visa, and showing sufficient funds, is required.
- You must provide details of any members of your family who are in Ireland or any other EU country.
- You must also give details of any previous applications that you have made for a visa to enter Ireland.
Travelling to Ireland as a tourist
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:
- Full details of the reason for your visit - for example to see friends or family.
- If you plan to stay in a hotel, you will need written confirmation of the hotel booking containing the dates of your proposed stay.
- A letter from a reference in Ireland inviting you to come to Ireland. The letter should include contact details for the reference, proposed dates for your stay and details of where you will be staying during your visit.
- Written undertakings from both yourself and your reference, confirming that you will observe the conditions of your visa, that you will not become a burden on the State, and that you will leave the State on the expiration of your permission to remain.
- Details of your relationship to your reference, or how you are known to each other, along with supporting evidence of this.
- If your reference is not an Irish citizen, evidence of their permission to remain in Ireland. (That is, a copy of their Certificate of Registration (IRP card) and copy of their passport showing immigration stamps)
- Evidence of how you intend to finance your trip and support yourself for the duration of your visit, allowing for any unforeseen events such as illness. A detailed bank statement, covering a 6 month period immediately prior to your visa application, and showing sufficient funds to cover all costs, is required.
- Evidence that you are obliged to return to your country of residence. This evidence can take the form of a letter from your employer detailing when you are expected to return to work or a letter from a college specifying the date on which your course of study re-commences. If you do not work or study, a letter from a person in authority may be sufficient.
There is more information on the documentation required for a visit or holiday visa on the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of the Department of Justice and Equality.
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. 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.
What do I do if I want to leave for a short while?
The visiting or holiday visa issued to you allows you to enter the State once. If you need 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.
What do I do after my arrival if I wish to stay in Ireland for longer than 3 months?
Visit or 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 can change 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).
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 (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.
Send your completed Re-Entry Visa Application Form (pdf), along with all required documentation, by registered post to the Re-entry Visa Processing Office – see ‘Where to apply’ below. You should apply well in advance of your proposed dates of travel.
In certain circumstances you may book an appointment online to apply in person at the Visa Office for an emergency re-entry visa. You will need to have a completed application form and all required documentation with you.