Re-Entry Visas

A re-entry visa is required if you are a visa-required national currently in Ireland with  permission to remain and you wish to leave Ireland for a short period (e.g. to visit family in your home country or for a holiday) and return.

 

Applications should be directed to Re-Entry Visa Processing Office, Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS), 13-14 Burgh Quay, Dublin.

You may apply by:

  • registered post,
  • by using the drop box, or
  • in person.

 

Essential pre application information

Please note the following essential information before applying for a re-entry visa.

A re-entry visa is necessary for travel purposes only.

You may leave the State without a re-entry visa. However in that case, in order to return to Ireland, you must make a new application in your country of origin for an entry visa. The time frame for consideration of such an application may be up to 8 weeks.  As such, it is strongly advised that you obtain a re-entry visa before you leave Ireland.

A separate re-entry visa is required for every child. This applies even where the child is included on your passport. You must complete a separate application for each child.

You must be registered with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) before a re-entry visa will be issued to you.

A single journey visa will be valid for one entry to the State within 90 days from the date of issue, or the expiry date of your GNIB registration card or the expiry date of your passport, whichever is earliest.

If you are travelling to Northern Ireland (Counties Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Down, Fermanagh or Tyrone) you will require a visa to re-enter the Republic of Ireland.

If you are applying for a re-entry visa because your previous passport has expired, please include your previous passport in your application.

You are advised not to purchase travel tickets before your re-entry visa has been issued.

 

Postal applications

Submit the completed re-entry visa application form, along with all the required documentation by registered post to:

Re-Entry Visa Processing Office
Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service
13-14 Burgh Quay
Dublin 2

Where possible, your application will be processed within 5 working days, on receipt of all required documents.  However, this timeline may increase at peak processing times throughout the year such as Christmas and holiday periods.  Please check current processing times for information about the dates currently being processed.

Please allow up to 2 postal working days for an application to be received in  the Re-Entry 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 you by registered post.  Please ensure your address on the application form is complete and clearly legible.

Alternatively, you may collect your application at the Re-Entry Visa Office.  If you wish to collect your application 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 Re-entry Visa Office.

 

Drop box applications

You may place your completed application along with the supporting documentation in the Re-Entry Visa box in the reception area in the INIS Offices, 13-14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2.

Where possible, your application will be processed within 5 working days, on receipt of all required documents.  However, this timeline may increase at peak processing times throughout the year such as Christmas and holiday periods. Please check current processing times for information about the dates currently being processed.

 

In person applications

You can submit your application in person at the INIS offices

Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service
13-14 Burgh Quay
Dublin 2

 

Fees

Please refer to the table of visa fees for information on the fee that you are required to pay.

Some applicants are exempt from the requirement to pay the visa fee. Read more here..

 

INIS Opening hours

8.30am to 2.30pm – Monday to Friday (excluding Public Holidays).

It is not possible to make an appointment in advance of attending the office.

A limited number of tickets are given out every day on a first come first served basis. It is therefore advisable to attend the office early to ensure you receive a ticket.

At busy periods of the year (such as Christmas and holiday periods) the volume of people attending the office may exceed the number of people to whom we can offer a same-day service.