Countries in EU, EEA & single market

Countries in the EU and EEA are part of a single market that allows free movement for their citizens. Switzerland has an agreement that extends the single market to include it, though it is not part of the EEA.

In general, citizens of countries in the single market do not need a visa or other special permission to come to or stay in Ireland.

Note: The decision by the UK to exit the European Union does not affect travel for British citizens to Ireland at this time.

European Union (EU)

There are 28 countries in the European Union.

Austria

Belgium

Bulgaria

Croatia

Republic of Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Estonia

Finland

France

Germany

Greece

Hungary

Ireland

Italy

Latvia

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Malta

Netherlands

Poland

Portugal

Romania

Slovakia

Slovenia

Spain

Sweden

United Kingdom

Citizens of some overseas territories, possessions and other regions governed by countries in the European Union do not qualify for free movement within the single market.

European Economic Area (EEA) & Switzerland

The EEA is composed of all EU members states as well as the following:

Iceland

Liechtenstein

Norway

The EEA extends the single market to all 31 member states and allows nationals of participating countries to travel freely between them.

Switzerland is not part of the EEA, but has an agreement that extends the single market to include it.

European states not in the single market

The following are not in the single market. Nationals of these states may need permission to come to, enter or stay in Ireland.

Andorra

Faroe Islands

Monaco

San Marino

Vatican City

 

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Updated: 5 September 2016

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