Ireland receives a high amount of tourists every year, despite its small size. That’s due to the lush greenery all around, who gave it the epithet the “Emerald Isle”, as well as the countless historical sites and picturesque cities.
If you are thinking of visiting Dublin or one of the country’s 30,000 castles but found yourself wondering, “Do I need a visa for Ireland” this article will clear your doubts.
Do I Need a Visa for Ireland?
Whether or not you need a visa to travel to Ireland depends on your nationality.
Ireland is a member state of the EU and EEA, and as such, any foreign national who is a national of one of the countries included in those agreements are exempt from holding a visa for Ireland.
There are also other countries who are not in the EU or EEA, but whose nationals have been granted an exemption from Irish visas.
Then, there are countries who have not been granted Irish visa exemption, and whose nationals will have to go through the process of applying for an Irish visa before they can travel to Ireland.
Keep in mind:
Unlike in most countries, there are no differences regarding visa requirements based on short-stay visas or long stay visas. If you need an Ireland visa, you will have to apply for one regardless of whether you will be staying in the country short-term (less than 90 days) or long-term (over 90 days).
In addition, the Ireland visa is simply a pre-entry requirement. It allows the holder to travel to Ireland, but once you land, the immigration authorities decide whether to grant you permission to enter. Even if you are from a non-EU/EEA country that is exempt from Ireland visas, you will still have to register with the immigration authorities upon arrival.
Countries That Need an Ireland visa
You need to apply for a visa before traveling to Ireland if you are a national from one of the following countries:
|Belarus||Benin||Bhutan||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Cameroon||Cape Verde||Central African Republic||Chad|
|Côte d’Ivoire||Cuba||Democratic Republic of Congo||Djibouti|
|Dominican Republic||Ecuador||Egypt||Equatorial Guinea|
|Nigeria||North Korea||North Macedonia||Oman|
|Pakistan||Palau||Papua New Guinea||Peru|
|Sao Tome and Principe||Saudi Arabia||Senegal||Serbia|
|Sierra Leone||Somalia||South Sudan||Sri Lanka|
|State of Palestine||Sudan||Suriname||Syria|
Countries who are exempt from an Ireland visa
You do not have to apply for an Ireland visa if you are:
- A national from an EU member state
- A national from an EEA member state
- A national from one of the countries listed below:
|Andorra||Antigua and Barbuda||Argentina||Australia|
|Chile||Costa Rica||Dominica||El Salvador|
|Fiji||Guyana||Honduras||Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region)|
|Macau (Special Administrative Region)||Malaysia||Maldives||Mexico|
|Vanuatu||Panama||Paraguay||Saint Kitts and Nevis|
|Saint Lucia||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||Samoa||San Marino|
|Seychelles||Singapore||Solomon Islands||South Africa|
|Tonga||Trinidad and Tobago||Tuvalu||United Arab Emirates|
|United States of America||Uruguay||Vatican City|
Countries that need an Ireland Transit Visa
If you are from one of the countries listed below, you need to be in possession of a valid Ireland transit visa in order to change travel means while on your way to another destination.
|Afghanistan||Albania||Cuba||Democratic Republic of Congo|
*If you are a national of Ethiopia, and you are transiting through Ireland from Ethiopia on your way to the USA or Canada (and you have a valid visa for those countries), you do not need a Ireland Transit visa.
The Ireland Visa Waiver Programme
Within the Ireland Visa Waiver Programme, nationals from the countries listed below can enter Ireland with a UK visa, provided it is still valid and they have been granted leave to remain in the UK for up to 180 days.
|Bahrain||Belarus||Bosnia and Herzegovina||India|
|The People’s Republic of China||Qatar||Russian Federation||Saudi Arabia|
|United Arab Emirates||Uzbekistan|
British-Irish Visa Scheme
Through the British-Irish Visa Scheme, nationals from China and India can travel to Ireland without an Ireland visa if they are in possession of a valid UK visa, and vice-versa.
Presently, only Chinese nationals who are living in China and Indian nationals who are living in India are included in the scheme.