The Short-stay Visa Waiver Programme
The Short-stay Visa Waiver Programme was announced by the Government as part of its Jobs Initiative with a view to promoting tourism from emerging markets. It commenced on 1 July 2011. The programme will run up to end October 2016 but may be amended or expanded at any point.
The below document contains current information relating to the Irish Short Stay visa waiver programme.
Irish Short-stay Visa Waiver Programme
As and from 1 November 2012 nationals of Bosnia and Herzegovina may avail of the Irish Short-stay Visa Waiver Programme.
As and from 18 November 2013 nationals of Thailand may avail of the Irish Short-stay Visa Waiver.
From 1 January 2014 passport holders of Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates will be able to travel to the UK if they have obtained an Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW) document online. The Irish Short stay Visa Waiver Programme will continue to operate in relation to passport holders of the three countries concerned who avail of the EVW document for travel to the UK.
Holders of EVW documents who wish to avail of the Irish Programme are advised to have a copy of the EVW document for presentation on request at an Irish port of entry.