Re-entry Visa Information
If you wish to leave the State for a short period of time you must apply, in advance of making any travel arrangements, for a re-entry visa. The onus to comply with this requirement rests fully with the visa required individual.
In circumstances where an individual exits the State without a valid re-entry visa, the only option available to that individual is to submit a fresh visa application to the local embassy or consulate in their country of origin. It should be borne in mind that the time frame for consideration of such visa applications can take up to 6 – 8 weeks for processing.
Non – EEA nationals (who are visa required) are strongly urged to ensure that they comply with the above requirement.
Please note that a Re-entry Visa is required for travel purposes only.
Documents required in support of re-entry visa application are stated on the application form. A Visa Officer may ask for further documentation where necessary.
Single Entry: €60
Multi Entry: €100
METHOD OF PAYMENT
Bank drafts or postal orders are the only methods of payment that can be accepted and must be made payable to:
The Department of Justice and Equality
No cash or personal cheques will be accepted and no exceptions to this policy will be made under any circumstances.
If applying by post:
Submit the completed re-entry visa application form, along with all the required documentation by registered post to:
The Re-entry Visa Processing Office
Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service
13-14 Burgh Quay
- All efforts will be made to process your application, where possible, within 4 working days of receipt. All documentation will be returned to the applicant by registered post;
- Please ensure your address on the application form is complete and clearly legible.
- Applications can also be placed in the dedicated Re-entry Visa box in our reception area and returned in the same time it takes to complete a postal application. We endeavour to process your application within 4 working days of receipt and will return your documents to you by registered post.
Alternatively you can apply in person:
Where doing so please bear in mind that:
- You should have your application form fully completed and all documents with you:
- Opening hours are 8.30am to 2.30pm – Monday to Friday (excluding Public Holidays)
Things to remember:
- A separate Re-entry visa will be required for all children, even if the child is included on your passport. Therefore, a separate application form must be completed for each child. Requirements for children are outlined on the application form. Under no circumstances can any Visa be processed for a child without the provision of this documentation;
- At busy holiday periods throughout the year, e.g. Christmas/Easter/National Holidays, the volume of people calling to the office may exceed the numbers to whom we can offer a same-day service. You should therefore apply well in advance of such periods, as late applications or last minute callers may experience some delays;
- A number of people are exempt from payment of fees – please see details on application form;
- Before a re-entry visa can be issued, you must be registered with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB);
- If you apply for a multi-entry visa it will be valid from the date of issue until the expiry date on the Registration Card issued to you by the GNIB, or the expiry date of your passport, whichever is earliest (up to a maximum of 5 years). This will allow you to leave and re-enter the State any number of times within the dates shown on your visa;
- If you apply for a single-journey visa, this will only be valid for one entry to the State within 90 days from the date of issue, or until the expiry date on the Registration Card issued to you by the GNIB, or the expiry date of your passport, whichever is earliest;
- If you travel to Northern Ireland (Counties Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Down, Fermanagh or Tyrone) you will require a visa to re-enter the Republic of Ireland;
- If your previous passport has expired, please bring it with you when making your application as you may be asked to present it to the Visa Officer.