Single/Multi Entry Visas

A single entry visa permits you to travel to Ireland on one occasion between the dates of validity indicated on your visa.

A multi entry visa permits you to travel to Ireland on a number of occasions during the dates shown on you visa, for short trips only. It is not permitted to use this category of visa to bypass immigration rules governing residency in the State i.e. it is not possible to remain in Ireland for a period of 90 days and then seek to re-enter the country for a further period of up to 90 days. Any abuse of this may result in you being refused entry at the port of entry or future visa applications being refused.

Short stay ‘C’ visas

If you are applying for a short stay ‘C’ visa you may apply for either a single or a multi entry visa. The policy considerations underpinning decisions on applications for multi entry visas below are explained below to assist you in deciding whether to apply for a single or multi entry visa.

If you wish to apply for a multi entry visa, you must indicate this on your application and pay the visa fee for a multi entry visa. The granting of a multi entry visa is at the discretion of the Visa Officer.

If you apply for a multiple journey visa but are granted a single journey visa the difference in the visa fee will not be refunded to you under any circumstances.

The Immigration officer at the port of entry will determine, on each occasion, whether you may enter and the duration of your permission to remain.

Long stay ‘D’ Visa

If you are making an application for a long stay ‘D’ visa i.e. for a stay in Ireland of more than 3 months, for example for the purpose of study or work or joining a family member who is already living here, you should apply for a single entry, long stay visa.

If the visa is approved, you will be required to register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) when you enter Ireland. If you plan to leave Ireland for a short period and then come back again, you must have a valid multi entry visa or a valid Irish Residence Permit (IRP) or GNIB card.

Policy considerations underpinning decisions on applications for short stay multi entry visas

Multi entry visas are usually only issued to an applicant who has shown a compliant travel history.

If you have had 2 previous Irish visas and have observed the conditions of these visas (e.g. you did not overstay or work illegally) you may apply for a visa for multiple journeys.

A multi entry visa may be approved in certain circumstances if you have no travel history to Ireland, for example if:

  • you need to travel regularly to Ireland on short visits for business meetings. You should submit evidence of this from your employer and the company in Ireland with whom you are engaging in business (where relevant),
  • while in Ireland on business, you need to travel to another country, returning to Ireland for further meetings, or onward travel, or
  • you are travelling to and from another country, via Ireland.

Northern Ireland

If you wish to travel to Northern Ireland you will require a visa issued by the United Kingdom.

If you are travelling to the Republic of Ireland and you intend to visit Northern Ireland and return to the Republic, you must obtain a multi entry Irish visa and a UK visa.

If your main destination is Northern Ireland but you arrive in, and depart from the Republic of Ireland, you must first obtain a UK visa, and then a multi-entry Irish visa.

Northern Ireland consists of Counties Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Down, Fermanagh and Tyrone.

Note: If you have an Irish Visa endorsed with BIVS, you may travel to Northern Ireland on this visa (after arriving in the Republic of Ireland first), please see the following page for further information and rules of the scheme: