Visitor Visa

Visit Visa (Ireland)

Ireland is known for its castles, churches and museums. The country has the largest green space in Europe and the longest coastal touring route in the world. Apart from this, you can explore the mountains, lush valleys or indulge in water-based sports when you visit the country.

What is a Tourist/Visitor Visa to Ireland ?

If you are travelling to Ireland and you are not a citizen of the UK or a country in the European Economic Area (the EU plus Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein), you may need to apply for a visa.

An Irish visa is a certificate placed on your passport or travel document that allows you to travel to Ireland. You still have to present your passport and documents to immigration control when you arrive at the airport or port, and an immigration officer may still refuse you entry to Ireland.

If you are travelling with children, you have to apply for a visa for your children too.

You may also have to register with immigration authorities.

Types of Visit Visas

The type of visa you need depends on the purpose and length of your stay in Ireland.

Short stay visas

If you want to come to Ireland for less than 3 months, you should apply for a short stay ‘C’ visa. You should apply for this type of visa if you want to come to Ireland as a tourist or to visit someone, for a business meeting, or to attend a short course.

You cannot stay for longer than 3 months on a ‘C’ visa. You must leave Ireland and apply for another visa if you want to return.

Long stay visas

If you want to come to Ireland for more than 3 months, for example to study, for work or to settle permanently in Ireland with family members who live in Ireland, then you can apply for a long stay ‘D’ visa.

If you are granted a long stay ‘D’ visa and wish to remain in the State for longer than 3 months you must register and get an Irish Residence Permit (IRP).

You can read more information about different types of visa available on the ISD website.

Re-entry visas

The first visa issued to you is valid for a single entry to the State. If you wish to leave the State for a short period of time you may need to apply for a re-entry visa – including travel to Northern Ireland.

If you have a valid Irish Residence Permit (IRP) you do not need a re-entry visa when traveling to and from Ireland.

Non-EEA nationals aged under 16 do not have to register for an IRP and still have to apply for a re-entry or multiple-entry visa. This is free of charge.

Transit visas

If you are travelling through Ireland on your way to another country, you may need a transit visa when arriving in Ireland on their way to another country. A transit visa does not permit you to leave the port or airport. If you are a citizen of one of the following countries, you will need a valid Irish transit visa when landing in the State:

Countries that require an Irish transit visa


Afghanistan Iran
Albania Iraq
Cuba Lebanon
Democratic Republic of the Congo Moldova
Eritrea Nigeria
Ethiopia Somalia
Georgia Sri Lanka
Ghana Ukraine

Procedure to apply for visitor visa:

Do I need preclearance?

If you do not need a visa to come to Ireland, you may still have to apply for preclearance. Preclearance is permission to enter Ireland to apply to reside for certain reasons. You have to apply for preclearance if you want to come to Ireland:

  • To volunteer
  • As a minister of religion
  • As the de facto partner of a Critical Skills Employment Permit or Hosting Agreement holder
  • As the de facto partner of an Irish citizen
  • As the family member of a UK citizen

A de facto partnership is when you are in a relationship with someone that is like a marriage.

You can apply for pre-clearance online. If you are approved, and you intend to stay in Ireland for more than 3 months, you have to register for an Irish Residence Permit after you arrive in Ireland.

Where to apply for a Ireland Tourist/Visitor Visa:

The location and method of submitting your Ireland tourist visa documents changes depending on the country. For example, it could be:

  • The Dublin Visa Office.
  • An International Visa Application Agency.
  • An Irish Embassy or Consulate in your country.

You may have to submit the application in person (if it is at an Irish embassy or consulate) or mail it at the Dublin Visa Office.

Documents required for Ireland Visitor Visa:


You will be able to travel to Ireland on the UK short stay visitor visa and if you are a citizen of an approved country.

Travel between Ireland and the UK

There is a facility to visit Ireland and the UK on a single visa that is issued by either of these countries if you are an Indian citizen. With this visa you can:

Visit the UK on an Irish tourist visa without having a separate UK tourist visa

Visit Ireland on the UK short stay visa without making a separate application

Travel an unlimited number of times between the two countries during the validity of the visa

Visa Processing Time

Processing times differ between application offices and application types and may also vary during the year, eg at holiday periods. In general, you can expect a decision for a short stay visit (tourist) visa is about 8 weeks after your documents are received.

Visa fees for a Tourist/Visitor Visa

The standard non-refundable visa application processing fees are:

Entry and re-entry visas

single journey visa costs €60 and will be valid for one entry to the State up to a maximum of 90 days from the date of issue.

multi journey visa costs €100 and will be valid for multiple entries to the State up to a maximum of 5 years from the date of issue.

transit visa costs €25.

There may also be communications charges in some cases. Information about these charges, and on the fee in your local currency, is available from your local Irish embassy or consulate.

Duration of stay:

The longest time you can remain in Germany with a tourist Schengen visa is three months. However, the German embassy in your home country is the one that decides how many days you can spend in Germany and within which dates. Therefore, please understand that there is a slight difference between visa validity and the duration of stay.

Can I Re-Enter Ireland With a Valid Tourist Visa?

There are two types of Ireland tourist visas:

  • single-entry, and
  • multiple-entry.

With an Ireland single-entry tourist visa, you are allowed to only enter the country once. After you leave, you cannot re-enter, even if you still have remaining days on your visa.

An Ireland multiple-entry tourist visa allows you to enter and leave Ireland as many times as you want, as long as your Irish visa is still valid. However, a multiple-entry visa is only issued in specific cases, such as if you have previously received Ireland visas or need to make short, frequent trips, such as for business.

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