Do I need a Visa to come to Ireland?

Do I need a Visa to come to Ireland?

Who needs a Visa?

Citizens of certain countries require an entry visa for Ireland.

Schedule 1 Immigration Act

Citizens of a Schedule 1 country of the Immigration Act 2004, do not require an entry visa for Ireland. Citizens of countries not listed must apply for a visa before they travel to Ireland.

Schedule 2 Immigration Act

Citizens of a Schedule 2 country of the Immigration Act 2004 may be able to travel to Ireland if you have a valid U.K. General C Visa and meet the Visa Waiver Programme requirements.

Schedule 3 Immigration Act

Citizens of a Schedule 3 country of the Immigration Act 2004 require Transit Visas.

Otherwise, if you are a national of a visa-required country you will need to apply for an Irish visa in advance of travel to Ireland.

Please note;

Holders of document called "Residence card of a family member of a European Union citizen" Family members of an EU citizen who are holders of a document called "Residence card of a family member of a Union citizen" as referred to in Articles 5 (2) and 10 (1) of Directive 2004/38/EC are not subject to an Irish visa requirement.                                        

Please be advised that the Visa Offices /Irish Missions are not in a position to provide guidance or  advice as to whether a particular card or document held is sufficient to exempt the person concerned from the visa requirement.  It is however, open to the person concerned to contact the appropriate issuing authority of the relevant Member State for guidance or advice as to whether the card or document comes within the definition of the Directive, as implemented by that particular Member State. 

·           A Schengen visa or UK D visa is not valid for travel to Ireland.  

·           All citizens of non-EU countries, whether they require a visa or not, are subject to immigration control at the point of entry to Ireland.  

·           Applicants who are holders of Convention travel documents issued by EEA states should refer to Article 3 of the Immigration Act 2004 (Short-stay visits only)  

 Quicklinks

Immigration Act 2004 (Visas) Order 2012

Short Stay Visa Waiver Programme (PDF 1825kb)

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