Ireland Visa Policy

Check the visa policy of Ireland and discover the travel requirements for your nationality.

Visa Policy for Ireland

Ireland’s visa policy outlines the regulations, requirements, and laws established by the government so that a foreign traveler can visit the country.

Although Ireland is part of the European Union, it does not belong to the Schengen Area and therefore sets its own visa laws and policy.

Ireland, alongside the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, also operates the Common Travel Area which permits British and Irish citizens freedom of movement with minimal or no identity documents.

Ireland’s visa policy is similar to the Schengen Area visa regulation. It permits freedom of movement to all All European Union citizens and nationals of EFTA member states.

It also allows a number of other nationalities around the world to enter Ireland for short stays visa-free for tourism, business, and transit purposes.

At the moment, more than 155 countries have to obtain an embassy visa to enter Ireland, since neither an electronic visa (eVisa) nor a visa on arrival is available for the country. However, a number of visa-required travelers do not need a transit visa if passing through Ireland to an onward destination.

Short-term visa-exempt countries who wish to visit Ireland for longer periods must also obtain a visa from an Irish embassy or consulate to enter the country.

The visa policy for Ireland states that an embassy visa may be issued as a single or multiple entry travel document, for a variety of different purposes and permitted periods of stay.

Although Irish visa requirements for foreign citizens will depend on their nationality, it is usually mandatory to have a valid passport with a minimum validity of 6 months from the date of arrival in Ireland to gain entry to the country.

Find below a comprehensive list of regulations to travel to Ireland from your country of residence.

Tourist Visa Policy for Ireland

Ireland’s tourist visa policy, states that there are up to 90 nationalities that can stay in Ireland for up to 90 days for tourism without a visa, or who have freedom of movement for tourist travel.

However, travelers from more than 155 countries and territories around the world need a tourist visa to enter Ireland for leisure purposes, no matter the period of intended stay.

Currently, the visa policy for Ireland only permits foreign citizens to obtain a tourist visa through an embassy or consulate, as an Irish visa on arrival is not available, nor is a tourist eVisa for Ireland.

Although normally issued as for a single entry to Ireland, an embassy tourist visa can be granted as a multiple entry travel document for an additional visa fee.

Tourist visa requirements for Ireland state that all foreign citizens who do not belong to the European Union, UK, or EFTA, must have a passport from an eligible country with a minimum validity of 6 months from the date of arrival in Ireland in order to enter the country for tourism.

Find below further information about Irish visa requirements for your nationality.

Embassy or Consular Visa Required

Although the visa policy for Ireland states that there are up to 90 countries and territories exempt from an Irish visa for varying periods, there are more than 155 countries that require a visa to enter the Republic of Ireland no matter the period of stay.

At the moment, Irish visa policy only permits travelers to obtain a visa through an embassy, from where they can apply for any type of visa for Ireland, whether for short or long periods of stay.

An Irish embassy visa may be issued as either as a single or multiple entry travel document, although it is necessary to pay a larger processing fee to receive a visa valid for multiple entries.

When applying for a visa from an embassy, the applicant must indicate the type of visa needed according to the purpose of traveling to Ireland, whether a visit visa, student visa, work visa, exam visa, internship visa, training visa, or other Irish visa option.

To apply for an embassy visa for Ireland, the traveler must first make an appointment at the nearest Irish government office, either an embassy or consulate, at least two to three weeks before the intended travel dates.

At the consular interview, they will be asked to fill an application form with basic personal data, and passport and travel information. The consular official may also ask for additional supporting documentation depending on the type of visa requested.

If the traveler meets all the requirements outlined by embassy officials, they will receive an approved visa within a few weeks.

Check the list below to find out if an embassy visa to travel to Ireland is required for your nationality.

Embassy or Consular Visa Required: Country list

Click on the links below to find out more about each country

Visa Not Required

Currently, Ireland’s visa policy permits up to around 90 countries to enter the country without obtaining a visa. Although Ireland does not belong to the Schengen Area, it does belong to the European Union and has similar visa laws to the other Schengen countries.

Therefore, European countries, as well as select other nationalities around the world with which Ireland has reached an agreement, can visit the country without a visa.

Citizens of the UK, EFTA member states, and all European Union citizens, holders of a Residence Card of a family member of an EU citizen, are permitted freedom of movement to Ireland by presenting a valid passport or National ID card at the Irish border.

Other visa-exempt citizens for Ireland are permitted visa-free entry for a stay of up to 90 days, for either tourism, business, and transit purposes. Travelers of a select few visa-required countries are also able to pass through Ireland for transit without a visa.

Apart from these visa not required countries, visa exemption for Ireland also applies to some citizens if they hold a valid refugee travel document or a valid UK visa.

Below you will find a complete list of countries whose citizens can visit Ireland without the need to obtain a visa.

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