Transit Visas

Nationals of some states or territorial entities are required to be in possession of an Irish transit visa when arriving at a port of entry in Ireland for the purposes of passing through a port (airport, seaport) in order to travel to another state.

A transit visa does not permit you to enter Ireland for any purpose. It only permits you to transit through Ireland in order to reach your destination in another state. 

If the intention is to leave the port at any stage they must apply for a short stay visa in the normal way.

You must have the relevant visa for your country of destination in your passport before applying for an Irish transit visa.

 

Check if you need a transit visa

Nationals of the states or territorial entities listed below are subject to an Irish transit visa requirement.

Afghanistan

Ethiopia

Moldova

Albania

Ghana

Nigeria

Cuba

Georgia

Somalia

Democratic Republic of Congo

Iran

Sri Lanka

Eritrea

Iraq

Ukraine

 

Lebanon

Zimbabwe

 

 

1.  When you can apply

If you are national of a state or territorial entity that is subject to an Irish transit visa requirement you can apply for a transit visa for the purpose of passing through an Irish port in order to travel to another state.

You can apply for a transit visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to Ireland.

You must have the relevant visa for your country of destination in your passport before applying for an Irish transit visa.

 

2.  How to apply

You must apply online for a visa.

When you have completed the online application process, you must follow the instructions on the summary application form that is created by the online system. The summary form will contain information on where you are to submit your supporting documentation. The summary form which you must print, sign and date must be submitted with your supporting documentation.

You may be required to provide your biometric information as part of the application process.

 

A guide to supporting documentation is set out below.

If you submit any false or misleading information, or false supporting documentation as part of your application, it may result in the refusal of your application without the right of appeal. It may also result in you being prevented from making further Irish visa applications for a period of 5 years.

 

3.  Fees

Please refer to the table of visa fees for information on the fee that you are required to pay.

You may be required to pay additional charges e.g. relating to the submission of your documents.

You may be able to pay the fee in local currency.

The website of the Visa Office/Embassy/ Consulate will have details about additional charges and local payment options.

Some applicants are exempt from the requirement to pay the visa fee. Read more here.

 

4.  How long it will take

Applications are processed in date order.

You are advised not to purchase travel tickets before you know the outcome of your visa application.

Processing times can vary between countries. They can also vary during high volume periods during the year. However, you can generally expect a decision within 8 weeks from the date on which your application is lodged at the Visa Office/Embassy/Consulate. 

Your application may take longer if e.g. you have not submitted the necessary supporting documentation, your supporting documentation needs to be verified or because of your personal circumstances (e.g. if you have a criminal conviction).

You can check the processing times for the Visa Office/Embassy/Consulate that is handling your application on their website.

If your application is being processed by the Visa Office, Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, Department of Justice and Equality, 13-14 Burgh Quay, Dublin you can check the date of the applications currently being processed on our Visa Decisions page.

 

5.  Activities not permitted with this Visa

You are not permitted to enter Ireland for any purpose. You are solely permitted to transit through Ireland in order to reach your country of destination.  

 

6.  Supporting documentation

Your signed and dated summary application form and the appropriate fee (where applicable) must be accompanied by supporting documents.

If you do not submit the required documentation your application may be refused on the basis of insufficient documentation.

The onus is on you to satisfy the Visa Officer that a visa should be granted for the purpose sought.

The submission of any or all of these documents does not guarantee that your application will be successful.

Original documents must be provided.

If you submit a document that is not in English/Irish, it must be accompanied by a full translation. Each translated document must contain:

  • confirmation from the translator that it is an accurate translation of the original document,
  • the date of the translation,
  • the translator’s full name and signature, and
  • the translator’s contact details.

All letters submitted from a business, company or other organisation should be on official headed paper and give full contact details so that they can be verified. These must include a full postal address, name of contact, position in the organisation, telephone number (landline), website, and email address (email addresses such as Yahoo or Hotmail are not accepted).

The Visa Officer considers each application on its merits and may request additional information or documentation.

 

 GUIDE TO SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION

Your signed and dated summary application form and the appropriate fee (where applicable) must be accompanied by the supporting documentation set out below.

If you do not submit the required documentation your application may be refused on the basis of insufficient documentation.

 

Two colour passport sized photographs not more than 6 months old

Your name and visa application reference number must be printed clearly on the back. More information on photograph requirements here.

 

Your current passport and a full copy of any previous passports

Your current passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your intended date of departure from Ireland.

If you are not a national of the country where you are applying from, you must submit evidence of your permission to be in that country e.g. a residence card. You must also have at least 3 months permission to be in that country after your intended date of departure from Ireland.

 

 A signed letter of application including your full contact details

  • outlining your travel plans, and
  • giving details of any members of your family who are currently in Ireland, or any other EU Member State,

 

Travel itinerary and airline bookings/tickets

  • Travel itinerary and airline bookings/tickets showing departure dates and destinations.

 

 Previous Visa Refusals

If you have been refused a visa in the past for any country, you must provide the details.

The original letter issued to you by the authorities of that country must be provided with your application.

Not disclosing any previous visa refusals will result in your application being refused.

 

 

7.  Visa Applications on behalf of a child (person under 18)

If a child under the age of 18 is travelling their birth certificate must be submitted.

If they are travelling either alone or with a person other than their parent/legal guardian (e.g. adult relative), a written letter of consent from both parents/legal guardians is required.

These signed consents must be accompanied by copies of the consenting parent/legal guardians’ passports or national identity cards, which clearly show their signatures.

If the child is travelling with one parent/legal guardian, the consent of the other parent/legal guardian is required. This signed consent must be accompanied by a copy of the consenting parent/legal guardian's passport or national identity card which clearly shows their signature.

Where one parent has sole custody, a Court Order bestowing sole custody of the child on the parent concerned must be submitted.

 

8.  Return of Documents

 All documents accompanying your application must be originals.

 You should keep copies of all the documents that you provide.

Original documents such as marriage/birth/death certificates will be returned to you. However, other documents such as bank statements or letters of invitation will not be returned.

 If there are particular documents that you wish to have returned, please provide a list of these documents with the application.

 

Click to apply for a visa