Interim arrangements regarding re-entry visas for adults

If you are from a visa required country, and have a valid IRP card or GNIB card

You will no longer require a visa to leave and return to Ireland on or after 13 May 2019. You will be able to show your passport and IRP or GNIB card to prove to airlines and immigration officials that you have a right to travel to Ireland. You will be exempt from the requirement to hold a visa.

If you are a diplomat or member of staff of an embassy posted to Ireland you must continue to apply for a Re-entry Visa following your arrival in the state. Applications should be made by the Protocol Division of the Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

 

If you have submitted an application for a re-entry visa to INIS, we will return your application to you, without processing it

You will be able to get a refund for the postal order you submitted with your application from the post office. Please allow 2 weeks for return of your passport.

 

If you are travelling and returning to Ireland after 13 May 2019, you will be able to use your IRP/GNIB card and passport to return to Ireland

You do not need to take any action. If you have submitted an application for a re-entry visa to INIS, your application will be returned to you, by registered post.

 

If you are travelling and will return to Ireland before 13 May 2019

You will still require a re-entry visa, as Ireland has to give a period of notice to border agencies, airlines etc of this new visa exemption. All applications on hand on 12 April 2019 will be returned to the applicants, unprocessed. If you want your application to be processed, you can make an appointment on-line to come to the INIS re-entry visa office in Burgh Quay, Dublin 2, to make an application in person. If your application is approved, we will issue you with a re-entry visa during your appointment. There will be no fee for the issuance of this re-entry visa.

 

If you have not yet applied for a re-entry visa and will be travelling and returning before 13 May 2019

You need to make an appointment for an in-person application in the INIS re-entry visa office in Burgh Quay, Dublin 2. You must bring a completed application form to your appointment.

 

If you have submitted an application for a re-entry visa for a minor

We will process it and will not charge the application fee – the postal order will be returned to you.

 

If you have submitted a minor’s application for a re-entry visa with an application for a re-entry visa for an adult

We will process the minor's application, but will return the adult’s application without processing it. The minor and adult passports and supporting documentation will be returned together.

 

If you have submitted an application for a re-entry visa for a minor with an application for a re-entry visa for an adult, and you want us to process the adult’s application (because you will be travelling and returning before 13 May 2019)

You must email us at reentryvisa@justice.ie, and let us know that you want the application processed. We will not charge a fee for processing these applications and will return the postal order to you.

 

If your application has been processed, but has not yet been returned to you

You will not be able to cancel the application. This might happen if the visa sticker has been put in your passport but your passport has not yet been processed through the registered post system. Minors who are under 16 are not generally issued with IRP or GNIB cards. To ensure that minors with visa required nationality can re-enter the State without difficulty, their parents or guardians can apply for a re-entry visa for them. Re Entry Visas for minors will be issued without charge. [link to application form minors re-entry visas].

For more information, see here.

 

If you are from a visa required country and wish to travel from Ireland, and return before 13 May 2019

You will need to apply for a re-entry visa. If you do not have a valid visa to travel to Ireland before 13 May 2019, you will be refused travel by your airline/ferry company. [link to visa application form to go here]. You will need to attend the INIS re-entry visa office in Burgh Quay, Dublin 2, and your application will be processed during your appointment. You must make an appointment in advance.

 

If you are from a visa required country and have a valid IRP card or GNIB card

You will not need a re-entry visa to return to Ireland on or after 13 May 2019. You will be able to show your passport and IRP or GNIB card to prove to airlines and immigration officials that you have a right to travel to Ireland.

 

Minors who are under 16 are not generally issued with IRP or GNIB cards

To ensure that minors with visa required nationality can re-enter the State without difficulty, their parents or guardians can apply for a re-entry visa for them. Re-entry visas for minors will be issued without charge.

 

Note: For further details go to Abolition of adult re-entry visas

 

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Updated: 12 April 2019

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