What is a visa?
A visa is a document that entitles you, subject to custom and immigration requirements, to land in Ireland. It is important to note that a visa does not permit you to work or live here, it only states that you are authorised to land in Ireland.
Who does not need a visa to enter Ireland?
You can travel to Ireland easier from some countries than others. You do not need a visa to land in Ireland if you are a citizen of one of the countries listed here or a citizen of any European Economic Area member state. The members of the EEA are the 28 countries of the European Union, together with Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein.
Do I need a visa even if I have a work permit?
Yes. A visa-required national who has been issued with an employment permit must apply for an employment visa through their local Irish Embassy or Consulate. You can also apply online.
Types of visa
Be aware of the type of visa that you are issued with. If you are issued with a single-entry visa, it’s valid for only one entry into Ireland. If you plan to travel home or take a holiday you will need a re-entry visa to land into Ireland again. If you’re unsure of your travel plans then it is best to apply for a multi-entry visa. It will cover any entry in and out of Ireland for as long as your visa is valid.
How to apply for a visa
For citizens of states that require an Irish visa, you can easily apply for one at the Irish Embassy or Consulate in your home country or online. Once again, it is important to remember that you’ll need to apply at least eight weeks in advance of the time you wish to land into Ireland. A stamp will be marked on your passport to certify your entry at the airport and you will still need to pass through immigration.
How long will the application take?
Organising your visas well in advance will ensure that your movement through the airports will be hassle free. The visas might take up to three months to arrange so if you are considering Ireland as a base for work, let this be one of the initial steps.
Price of a visa
Visas don’t come free; a standard processing charge is between €25 and €100 depending on the type of visa you require but it will be worth it!
Irish Transit Visa
An Irish Transit Visa is really only if you are passing through Ireland on the way elsewhere. It will allow you to stay in the airport while you are waiting for your next flight. You won’t be able to leave the airport and you must have a valid visa for your next destination.