You need a visa for Ireland
You need a Visit (Family/Friend) Visa to come to Ireland.
Your exact preparations depend on your plans and personal circumstances. Some of the most important are described below. Read this information carefully to make sure you have everything you need.
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Before you travel
Apply for a Visit (Family/Friend) Visa
You will not be allowed to come to Ireland without a visa.
When you travel
Prepare for border control
You will need to prove that you have a valid reason for entering Ireland to an immigration officer at border control.
To do so you will need your passport, visa and other documents. There are extra rules if you are travelling with children under 18.
If you cannot satisfy the immigration officer, you will not be allowed into Ireland.
Travel to Ireland using a UK visa
You may be able to visit Ireland without applying for a separate Irish visa, if you have an eligible UK (short stay) visitor visa and you are a citizen of an approved country.
Read how this works under the Short Stay Visa Waiver Programme.
Travel between Ireland & UK using a single UK-Irish visa
You can visit Ireland and the United Kingdom using a single visa issued by either country, if you are a Chinese or Indian citizen. For instance:
- You can visit the UK (including Northern Ireland) without applying for a UK visa, if you have an Irish Visit (Family/Friend) Visa.
- You can visit Ireland without applying for an Irish visa, if you have an eligible UK (short stay) visitor visa.
- You can travel an unlimited number of times between each country with either visa, for as long as it is valid.
Read how this works under the British-Irish Visa Scheme.
During your stay in Ireland
Travel to Northern Ireland & United Kingdom
You cannot travel to Northern Ireland using an Irish visa, except if travelling under the British Irish Visa Scheme (explained above). You need a visa issued by the United Kingdom.
If you travel from the Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland and then wish to return to the Republic, you must have a Multiple Entry visa (explained below).
Leaving & returning to Ireland
If you plan to leave and return to Ireland during your stay, you can request a Multiple Entry visa when you apply.
Multiple Entry visas are approved in limited circumstances only, if justified by your application.
How to apply
When to apply
You should apply for a visa 3 months before you travel.
You may need extra time to prepare documents to support your application, eg name and address of your family/friend.
How to apply
You must apply from your home country or a country where you are a legal resident:
- Read detailed instructions for the Visit (Family/Friend) Visa
- Submit your visa application online
- Send your passport and other documents for processing
You will be given instructions where to send your documents when you apply online.
- €60 : Short Stay 'C' Visa
- €100 : Multiple Entry Visa
- Some applicants do not pay visa fees
Extra charges may apply for some applications, eg consular fees.