Basic visa details for Ireland are given below. Complete and more
detailed information can be obtained from the following sites:
Visa guide lines
- Citizens of selected countries do not need visa to enter Ireland.
The list of countries which do not need visa click
- The granting of a visa for Ireland is only a form of pre-entry
clearance. It does not mean that you are granted permission to enter
- With a visa you are only allowed to present yourself at the port
of your arrival in Ireland. Immigration officers have authority to
grant or deny your admission to the country.
- You should always carry the original documents or copies of the
documents that you have submitted with your application, because the
immigration officers might ask to see them before they decide
whether to allow your entry to Ireland.
- A visa does not grant you permission to stay in Ireland. The date
of validity on your visa indicates only the date before which you
must present it to an immigration officer. An immigration officer at
the port of entry will then decide the length of your stay.
- Children under sixteen years of age travelling with their parent
or a legal guardian do not need visas to enter Ireland.
Applying for Visa
If you want to apply for an Irish visa you should do this through the
Irish Embassy or
Consulate in the country of your permanent residence.
If there is no Irish Embassy or Consulate in the country where you
permanently reside you can apply through any Irish Embassy or Consulate,
through your referee in Ireland or directly by post to:
The Visa Office,
Department of Foreign Affairs,
69-71 St. Stephens Green,
tel. + 353 1 478 0822.
Regardless of your method of applying, you must submit your passport
together with your visa application.
Visas can not be issued unless passports are submitted.
If you are not able to submit your passport with your application you
must give the reason for this and indicate from which Irish Embassy or
Consulate you propose to collect the visa.
Only in those cases will you be allowed to submit photocopies of all
the pages in your passport together with your application.
When applying for an Irish visa you need to submit the following
- Passport valid for at least six months after the intended date of
departure from Ireland.
- Visa application form filled out correctly, in block capital
letters, and signed by the applicant.
- You will get this form at the Irish Embassy/Consulate or Visa
Office, depending on where you are applying.
- Three recently taken passport size colour photographs.
Other original documents to be submitted with visa applications,
depending on the purpose of your trip to Ireland:
Fully registered doctor:
- Current work permit; and
- Full Medical Council Registration certificate.
Temporary registered doctor:
- Medical Council Registration Book with current registration; and
- Letter from employer stating details of current employment
Spouse of a doctor:
- Similar to when you apply for visit/holiday and for exam/training
To attend a conference:
- Letter of invitation from Irish company stating the reason for the
visit, duration of your proposed stay and responsibility for your
accommodation/maintenance costs; or
- Letter from conference host explaining nature, duration and
programme of conference and stating responsibility for
- Confirmation of hotel booking or reference letter from somebody in
Ireland who will provide you with accommodation during your stay;
- Evidence that you have sufficient funds to maintain yourself
during your stay in Ireland (e.g. recent bank statement), or
reference letter from somebody in Ireland who will support you
financially during your stay; and
- Evidence of obligation to return to your country of permanent
residence (e.g. letter from employer/college certifying intention to
return after your visit).
For study/training/examination purposes
- Letter of registration from college/school stating the
nature/duration of the course or examination; and
- Evidence that the fees have been paid in full; and
- Evidence that you have sufficient funds to maintain yourself
during your proposed stay (e.g. recent bank statement)
When to apply?
Some of the visa applications are processed quickly (e.g. those of
government officials, businessman who travel frequently, people who have
residence rights in Ireland or Europe, or have valid visas for other EU
Other visa applications, such as those of people intending to work,
study or come to Ireland as tourists may require more time to be
processed. They are normally referred for decision to the Department of
Justice, Equality and Law Reform.
In any case you should apply at least three weeks to eight weeks
before the proposed date of arrival to Ireland.
Citizens of certain countries have to pay application fees. The
details of these fees are available from the Irish embassies/Consulates
and Visa Office in Dublin.
If you are applying directly to the Visa Office in Dublin you should
submit together with your application the relevant fee in Irish pounds
(bank drafts only, payable to the Department of Foreign Affairs,
Application fees are non-refundable.
Change of visa status
Once you are granted an Irish visa based on the proposed purpose of
your stay in Ireland (e.g. visit, study, accompanying spouse,
examination, etc.) under Irish law you cannot get involved in any other
activity or remain in the country for any purpose other than that for
which the visa was granted.
This means that if you want to undertake any activity in Ireland
other than the one for which your visa was originally granted you have
to leave the country and apply for a new visa.
For further information contact the visa office.
If you are granted a visa and you propose to stay in Ireland for
longer than three months you will have to register with the Gardaν
(police) in the area where you reside.
This usually applies to people who arrive to Ireland to work, start
their business, study or are married to an Irish /EU citizen and are
going to live in the country.
This registration will in fact be your permission to reside.
For the greater Dublin area the relevant registration office is the
tel. + 353 1 475 5555.
Documents that are required for registration are:
- Four recently taken passport size colour photographs
- Documentation relating to entry, e.g. work permit, business
permission, letter from college, marriage certificate, evidence of
This documentation will vary depending on the purpose of your stay
in the country.
The period of validity of your residence permission will be
determined by e.g. the duration of the course or the validity of your
On registration you will be given a Certificate of Registration
(Green Book) and you will be expected to keep your residence permit up
to date for the duration of your stay in Ireland.