Visas policy & guidance
Policies and criteria used to decide applications for a short stay 'C' visa.
Policies and criteria used to decide applications for a short stay 'C' (multi entry) visa.
Policies and criteria used to decide applications for a long stay 'D' visa.
Policies and criteria used to decide applications for a re-entry visa (for applicants with a valid Certificate of Residence who are resident in Ireland).
Application process to apply for a transit visa.
You need an Irish visa if you travel using a passport or travel document issued by a country that is 'visa required'.
The single market allows free movement for citizens.
Visas & other documents
How to recognise and read a visa issued by Ireland.
Photos for an Irish visa must meet this list of minimum requirements.
You may have to provide fingerprints and other biometric information with your visa application.
Short stay visas must show if a child is travelling alone (unaccompanied) or with an adult (accompanied).
If your family member has exercised their EU Treaty Rights, you may travel to Ireland using a 'Residence Card of a Family Member of an EU Citizen'.
You may be asked to prove your relationship to any children travelling with you.
Schemes & programmes
In some cases, visitors from China and India may travel freely between the United Kingdom and Ireland using an Irish or UK visa.
Holders of some visas issued by the United Kingdom may be used for travel to Ireland.
Some non-EU/EEA/Swiss high school students (resident in EU/EEA/Switzerland) may not need a visa to travel to Ireland with a school group.
Holders of a Convention Refugee Travel Document may not need a visa to come to Ireland.
If your event attracts many delegates from outside the EU/EEA or Switzerland, contact us for advice about visas.
Visa applications & processing
The visa fee covers the cost of processing your application.
You may have the right to appeal if your visa application is refused.
Answers to common problems when making a visa application.
Answers to common problems when making an online visa application.
What to expect when travelling
An immigration officer will examine your visa and other documents. They will then decide if you are allowed to enter the country.
You must report to an immigration officer at border control before you enter the country.
You must apply for permission to remain in Ireland if you wish to stay here longer than 3 months.
If you are given permission to remain in Ireland longer than 90 days, an immigration officer will place a stamp in your passport. Each stamp has conditions.
If you have questions, contact us.
Updated: 20 January 2017
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