Your Irish visa

You may need a visa if you wish to travel to Ireland or pass through an Irish airport on your way to another destination. Check if you need a visa for Ireland.

If your application for a visa is successful, a document (like the one pictured below) will be placed into a blank page of your passport or travel document. This is your visa.

What a visa looks like

An Irish visa

About your visa

A visa allows you to travel to Ireland during the dates shown on the visa document. It does not guarantee that you will be allowed into Ireland.

When you arrive at border control an immigration officer will examine your visa, passport and other documents. The officer can refuse you entry to Ireland even if you have a visa.

If you are given permission to enter, the officer will place a 'landing stamp' in your passport.

The landing stamp shows the reason for your visit, eg holiday, work, study, etc. It also shows how long you can stay, up to a maximum of 90 days.

If you wish to stay longer than 90 days, the stamp will show when you need to register with immigration. You must register if your stay lasts longer than 90 days.

What the visa information means

1. IRL123456

This is the official number of your visa.

2. Valid for 'Ireland'

'Ireland' is printed here. This means that your visa is valid for travelling to Ireland.

3/4. From...Until

Dates are printed here.

You are permitted to travel to Ireland between these dates (inclusive) and request permission to enter the country.

5. Type of visa

The letter 'C' or' D' is printed here.

  • 'C' means that this is a short stay visa. It is issued for visits to Ireland 90 days or less.
  • 'D' means that this is a long stay visa. It is issued for visits to Ireland of 90 days or more.

6. Number of entries

The number '1' or the word 'Multi' is printed here.

  • '1' means you can use this visa to travel to & enter Ireland once only.
  • 'Multi' means that you can use the visa to travel to & enter Ireland more than once, between the dates shown at 3/4 above.

7. Duration of stay and days

A number or the letters 'XX' may be printed here.

  • A number (eg 21) means that you can stay in Ireland for a certain number of days only (eg 21 days).
  • 'XX' means that the immigration officer at border control will decide how long you can stay in Ireland.

8. Issued in

The place where the visa was issued is printed here.

9. On

The date the visa was issued is printed here.

10. Number of passport

Your passport number is printed here.

11. Surname & name

Your surname and first name are printed here

12. Remarks

Your original visa application number, date of birth and nationality are printed here.

The purpose of your visit to Ireland is also printed here together with any conditions, eg visit, business, spouse of Irish national.

Short stay 'C' visas for children aged under 18 must show if the child is travelling alone (unaccompanied) or with an adult (accompanied).

Read a longer description about what to expect when travelling within children aged under 18.



If you have questions, contact us.

Updated: 20 January 2017

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