What happens at Irish border control

An Irish visa allows you to travel to Ireland and then to request permission to enter the country. It does not allow you into the country automatically or give you permission to stay.

Check if you need a visa and plan your journey before you travel.

Immigration officer's decision at border control

At border control an immigration officer will examine your passport, visa and any other documents that explain your visit, eg landing card, travel itinerary, reservations. See what an Irish visa looks like.

They will then decide if you are allowed to enter the country.

Even if you have a valid visa for Ireland, you could be refused entry by the immigration officer if they are not satisfied by your documents or explanations.

If you are allowed to enter

The officer will place a 'landing stamp' in your passport to give you temporary immigration permission to stay here. This stamp identifies how long you can stay and the reason for your visit, eg work, study, visit.

The maximum time you can stay will be shown by a date on the landing stamp. The usual time limit is 3 months, though you may be given less.

If you arrive with a short stay 'C' visa, you must leave the country before your landing stamp expires.

If you arrive with a long stay 'D' visa and wish to stay longer than 3 months, you must visit a registration office before your landing stamp expires to extend your immigration permission and register your details.

If you are not allowed to enter

You must leave the country without crossing the border.

 

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Updated: 20 January 2017

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