Ireland Visa Information:
|Ireland is a highly developed democracy with a modern economy.|
If you are a citizen of a country that is on schedule 1 below, you do NOT require an entry visa for Ireland. Citizens of countries which are not on the list must apply for a visa to enter Ireland before they travel here.
Transit Visas ARE required by citizens of the countries listed in schedule 2 below.
All citizens of non-EU countries, whether they require a visa or not, are subject to immigration control at the point of entry to Ireland.
|LIST OF COUNTRIES WHOSE PASSPORT HOLDERS DO NOT REQUIRE VISAS TO ENTER IRELAND:|
ANTIGUA and BARBUDA
HONG KONG (Special Administrative Region) (*See further information below).
MACAU (Special Administrative Region)
SAINT KITTS & NEVIS
SAINT VINCENT & THE GRENADINES
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
UNITED KINGDOM & Dependent Territories (noted below)
UNITED STATES of AMERICA
BRITISH DEPENDENT TERRITORIES
BRITISH ANTARCTIC TERRITORY (South Georgia, South Sandwich Islands)
BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORIES (Chagos Archipelago, Peros Banos, Diego Garcia, Danger Island)
FALKLAND ISLANDS and DEPENDICIES
PITCAIRN (Henderson, Ducie and Oneno Islands)
St. HELENA and DEPENDICIES (Ascension Island, Tristan Da Cunha)
The SOVERIGN BASE AREAS of AKROTIRI and DHEKILA
TURKS and CAICOS ISLAND
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
*HONG KONG SAR
|A person in possession of a Hong Kong certificate of identity requires an entry visa for the State.
Persons who are holders of a British Hong Kong Passport who have a right of abode in Great Britain do not require entry visas.
Persons who are holders of a British Hong Kong Passport who have a right of abode in Hong Kong only do not require entry visas but they are subject to full foreign national controls in respect of registration, permission to remain, work permits etc.
CONVENTION TRAVEL DOCUMENTS
Visas are not required by persons who are holders of Convention travel documents issued by the following countries:
Applicants who are holders of Convention travel documents issued by EEA states should refer to Article 3 of the Immigration Act 2004 (Visas) (No.2) Order 2006 (Short visits only).
|TRANSIT VISAS ARE REQUIRED BY CITIZENS OF THE FOLLOWING:|
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
Citizens of certain countries require an entry visa for Ireland. For more information on Visa-required countries, please click here. Applicants for a visa who are not in Ireland should contact their nearest Irish embassy or consulate. Applicants who are in Ireland and wish to renew their visa or have other queries should contact the Visa Section of the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform.
In the case of applicants who are resident in Great Britain, information on Irish visa requirements can be obtained by calling a premium rate number, 0906 6610197. Calls cost £1.50 per minute at all times (Call costs from mobile networks may vary from one network to another). Opening hours for this line are 9.00 am to 5.30 pm Monday to Friday except for Christmas Day, St Stephen’s Day, New Years Day and Good Friday. All visa enquiries to this number are handled by ABTRAN. This enables the visa section staff to concentrate fully on processing visa applications as quickly as possible. If you have a complaint regarding this service, please email details to: IELondonCustomerService@abtran.com for follow up.
In the case of applicants who are resident in the United States, information on Irish visa requirements can be obtained by calling a premium rate number 1900-776-5000 or by calling 1800-735-5888 and paying for your call via credit card. Calls cost $2.90 per minute at all times. Opening hours for this line are 8.30 am EST to 8.30 pm EST Monday to Friday except for Christmas Day, St Stephen’s Day, New Years Day, and Good Friday. All visa enquiries to this number are handled by Abtran. This enables visa section staff to concentrate fully on processing visa applications as quickly as possible. If you have a complaint regarding this service, please email details to: IEUSACustomerService@abtran.com for follow up.
In some cases, applications are referred by Irish embassies and consulates overseas to the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform for decision, as that Department is responsible for deciding on the admission of visa-required persons to the State.
In January 2006 the Government established the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service within the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform and this agency is responsible for processing all visa applications made within Ireland. The public office is located at 13/14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2.
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