The European Commission has revealed its plan to digitalize the Schengen visa. This will replace the mostly paper-based application system to obtain a visa for EU and Schengen countries currently in place. This means the Schengen visa will soon be available through a simplified online application process, similar to the European Travel Information and Authorization
Visa Requirements for Irish Citizens
Visa requirements for Irish nationals are the rules and regulations regarding the visas or travel authorizations that citizens of Ireland need to meet to travel to each country around the globe.
The Irish passport is currently tied 6th in the world with regards to travel freedom by the Henley Passport Index. It allows nationals of the Republic of Ireland to enter over 180 different countries and territories without applying for a visa in advance.
Different countries have different visa requirements for Irish citizens. The visas and travel authorizations needed can also vary according to the length of time the visitor intends to stay and the purpose of travel to the destination.
Online options for around 30 countries are available to Irish passport holders for short visits. These take the form of either electronic visas (eVisas) or electronic travel authorizations (ETAs). The latter are digital visa waivers.
ETAs and eVisas for citizens of Ireland utilize similar online application systems, which involve a quick and simple process to obtain permission to visit the destination country, without having to go to an embassy beforehand.
In order to live, work, or stay in the majority of countries in the long term, nationals of Ireland must apply for the relevant visa or permit at an embassy, such as a residence visa, work visa, or long-stay visa.
There are a number of countries that Irish nationals can only visit by applying for a visa from an embassy beforehand.
Holders of Irish passports may enter around 110 different sovereign states and territories visa-free. In some cases, this visa exemption includes the right to live and work in the destination.
Fewer than 30 countries have a visa on arrival for citizens of Ireland. This is a visa that can be applied for and obtained at the border of the state or territory.
Visas on arrival are generally only recommended if they are the only option, as there are frequently long lines to submit an application, which can cause the Irish visitor to spend a lot of time waiting at border control.