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Visas policy & guidance

Visa types

Short stay 'C' visa

Policies and criteria used to decide applications for a short stay 'C' visa.

Short stay 'C' (multi entry) visa

Policies and criteria used to decide applications for a short stay 'C' (multi entry) visa.

Long stay 'D' visa

Policies and criteria used to decide applications for a long stay 'D' visa.

Re-entry visa

Policies and criteria used to decide applications for a re-entry visa (for applicants with a valid Certificate of Residence who are resident in Ireland).

Transit visa

Application process to apply for a transit visa.

Countries that need a visa for Ireland

You need an Irish visa if you travel using a passport or travel document issued by a country that is 'visa required'.

Countries in EU, EEA & single market

The single market allows free movement for citizens.

Visas & other documents

What an Irish visa looks like

How to recognise and read a visa issued by Ireland.

Photograph rules for Irish visas

Photos for an Irish visa must meet this list of minimum requirements.

Biometric information in visa applications

You may have to provide fingerprints and other biometric information with your visa application.

Short stay visas for children aged under 18

Short stay visas must show if a child is travelling alone (unaccompanied) or with an adult (accompanied).

Residence card of a family member of an EU citizen

If your family member has exercised their EU Treaty Rights, you may travel to Ireland using a 'Residence Card of a Family Member of an EU Citizen'.

Travelling with children aged under 18

You may be asked to prove your relationship to any children travelling with you.

Schemes & programmes

British Irish Visa Scheme

In some cases, visitors from China and India may travel freely between the United Kingdom and Ireland using an Irish or UK visa.

Short stay visa waiver programme

Holders of some visas issued by the United Kingdom may be used for travel to Ireland.

School students resident in EU/EEA travelling to Ireland

Some non-EU/EEA/Swiss school students (resident in EU/EEA/Switzerland) may not need a visa to travel to Ireland with a school group.

Refugees (with travel documents) travelling to Ireland

Holders of a Convention Refugee Travel Document may not need a visa to come to Ireland.

Guidance for organisers of conferences/events in Ireland

If your event attracts many delegates from outside the EU/EEA or Switzerland, contact us for advice about visas.

Visa applications & processing


The visa fee covers the cost of processing your application.

Appeal a visa decision

You may have the right to appeal if your visa application is refused.

Frequently asked questions for visa applications

Answers to common problems when making a visa application.

Frequently asked questions about the online visa application system

Answers to common problems when making an online visa application.

How to make an online application for an Irish visa

Download a full description about how to make an online Irish visa application via AVATS.

What to expect when travelling

What happens when you arrive at the Irish border

An immigration officer will examine your visa and other documents. They will then decide if you are allowed to enter the country.

Entering Ireland at border control

You must report to an immigration officer at border control before you enter the country.

Permission to remain in Ireland

You must apply for permission to remain in Ireland if you wish to stay here longer than 3 months.

Stamps, immigration permission & conditions

If you are given permission to remain in Ireland longer than 90 days, an immigration officer will place a stamp in your passport. Each stamp has conditions.



If you have questions, contact us.

Updated: 21 October 2019