Ireland has suspended visas for non-EEA nationals as a result of the coronavirus. So, unless you are from an EU/EEA country – or considered a “Priority/Emergency” case – you won’t be able to travel to Ireland for the time being.
In addition, anyone who does enter the country will have to undergo 14 days of self-isolation to minimize the risk of spreading the disease.
“As part of the combined efforts to tackle COVID-19 and to ensure customer safety, we have taken the decision to temporarily cease accepting new visa applications. This is effective from close of business 20th of March 2020,” the announcement on the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) website reads.
It also explains that increasing travel restrictions and the measures introduced by the Government in their bid to interrupt the further spread of COVID-19 means that travel may not be possible and even if possible is not advisable unless essential.
“The situation will continue to be reviewed in consultation with the relevant authorities in the coming days,” the announcement further explains.
The entry ban does not affect foreign nationals who have the right to legal residence in Ireland. They can still enter freely.
However, visa applications that are considered “Priority/Emergency” will continue to be processed, VisaGuide.World reports. This includes visas to healthcare professionals, health researchers, elderly care professionals, as well as immediate family members of Irish citizens.
Your Irish visa will likewise be processed if you intend to travel to Ireland to engage in the transportation of goods, or for diplomatic, military, and humanitarian reasons.
If you qualify as a “priority” or “emergency” case, you can apply for an Irish visa online and then follow the instructions on the page how to proceed.
As part of the measures taken in order to combat the coronavirus disease, the Irish government has also temporarily closed down its Registration Offices and automatically extended all visas which were due to expire between March 20, 2020, and May 20, 2020.
Ireland has joined the list of European countries that have imposed severe travel restrictions in order to combat the spread of the coronavirus disease. Earlier this month, the EU shut down the external border of the Schengen Zone, with many of the Member States closing their internal borders as well.