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.
Please note that a Re-entry Visa is required for travel purposes only. You are still free to travel out of the State if you have no re-entry visa however, 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.
Documents required in support of a re-entry visa application are stated on the application form. A Visa Officer may ask for further documentation where necessary. If you do not provide the required documents a re-entry visa cannot be processed.
Fees & Method of Payment
Fees are applied as per the permission under which you are registered
Single Entry: €60
Multi Entry: €100
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.
In order to waive the fee for Spouse of Irish visa's - Original Irish passport of Spouse and Original Government/State issued Marriage Certificate must be provided.
Excess fees on postal orders/bank drafts
Applicants should please note:
Where a postal order/bank draft is not for the exact amount relevant for the visa required, an option to change the postal order/bank draft will be offered.
Should the applicant not wish to avail of the option to change the postal order/bank draft the Re-entry Visa office will NOT refund any excess up to €5 of the visa fee i.e. €65 for a single journey/€105 for a multiple journey.
Where the excess is larger than €5, the Re-entry Visa office will NOT accept the postal order/bank draft as payment and the applicant MUST change the postal order/bank draft before a visa can be processed.
A re-entry visa can be applied for by three different methods:
1. By Post
If applying by post:
Submit the completed re-entry visa application form, along with all the required documentation by registered post to:
Re-entry Visa Processing Office
Irish Naturalization & Immigration Service
13-14 Burgh Quay
All efforts will be made to process your application within 5 working days on receipt of all required documents. However, this time line may increase at peak processing times throughout the year such as Christmas and holiday periods. Therefore, please check the updated notification below to see what date applications we are processing before contacting this office to enquire about your application.
NEW! At present we are processing applications that were received on 15th August 2014.
Please allow up to 2 postal working days for an application to be received in this office from when you posted it and, likewise, for your application to be returned to you by registered post from the date it is processed.
All documentation will be returned to the applicant by registered post. Please ensure your address on the application form is complete and clearly legible.
2. Re-Entry Post Box in the Re-Entry Visa Office, INIS
Applications can also be placed in the dedicated Re-Entry Visa box in our reception area in the INIS Offices, 13-14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2. All efforts will be made to process your application within 5 working days on receipt of all required documents. However, this time line may increase at peak processing times throughout the year such as Christmas and holiday periods. Therefore, please check the updated notification above to see what date applications we are processing before contacting this office to enquire about your application.
Alternatively, you can come and collect your application at the Re-Entry Visa Office. If you wish to collect you must clearly state this on the envelope otherwise it will be posted to you by registered post. You do not need to queue or obtain a ticket in order to collect your documents from the INIS Office.
3. In person at the Re-Entry Visa Office, INIS
Opening hours are 8.30am to 2.30pm – Monday to Friday (excluding Public Holidays).
Due to a high volume of applications, appointments to see a visa officer is by ticket only which are given out on the day on a first-come-first-served basis. A limited number of tickets are given out each day and therefore we would advise members of the public to attend early to ensure they receive a ticket. 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 any travel plans and do not book flight tickets etc until a visa has been obtained.
Important Things to remember:
- The maximum term of a Re-entry visa for all children aged 16 and under is 12 months. This is intended to make international travel more secure for children and reduce the risk of child trafficking or kidnapping;
- 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;
- 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 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.