Border control for non-EU/EEA & non-Swiss nationals

You must report to an immigration officer at border control before entering the country (eg at the airport, ferry port, etc), if you are a non-EU/EEA and non-Swiss national.

If you arrive via the border with Northern Ireland, you must report to an immigration officer at Burgh Quay Registration Office Dublin or your local Garda Síochána (police) station as soon as possible.

What you will need

You must be able to give the immigration officer any documents necessary to explain your visit. It is your responsibility to ensure you have everything with you.

At a minimum this includes your passport, visa (if necessary) and landing card (if appropriate). It may also include a travel itinerary, invitations or letters that help explain your visit.

If you are allowed to enter

If you are allowed to enter, the immigration officer will place a landing stamp in your passport.

The landing stamp gives you permission to stay here up to the date indicated or a maximum of 3 months.

In some circumstances, you may be given less than 3 months. This depends on the reasons or documentation you give to the immigration officer.

If you are not allowed to enter

If you are not allowed to enter, you will usually have to leave Ireland immediately without crossing the border.

Stay for longer than 3 months

If you are a non-EU/EEA and non-Swiss national and wish to stay in Ireland for longer than 3 months, you must apply for immigration permission and (if successful) be registered by immigration.

Read a longer description about immigration permission and registering with immigration.

 

Contact

If you have questions, contact us.

Updated: 7 July 2017

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Page history

7 July 2017

Text change to clarify process for longer than 3 months

8 September 2016

Page published.