Visa Services

Important Information on Ireland's New Visa System

All visa applications are now made on-line using the AVATS on-line facility. Applicants are reminded that completing the on-line application form is only the first step in the visa application process. An application can only be processed when the on-line form is completed AND the required backing documentation, passport photograph and appropriate fee are received by the relevant office as indicated by the on-line system. 

Introduction to Visa Services

Citizens of certain countries require a visa to travel to Ireland. For more information on Visa-required countries, please click here

Applicants should note that all non-EU citizens, whether visa-required or not, will be subject to ordinary immigration controls at the port of entry. An Irish visa is not an entry permission in itself but is rather a document giving permission to present at a port of entry to seek admission to the State. Bearing a visa may not be sufficient to gain entry to the State if the Immigration Officer at the port of entry, who takes the actual decision as to whether to permit entry, reasonably forms the view that entry should be refused. Visitors are therefore advised to have in their possession information as to accommodation bookings, return flights, contact persons in Ireland etc in case this information is requested by an Immigration Officer.

The Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform has primary responsibility for Ireland's immigration and visa policy. The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) is an agency within that Department and has overall responsibility for visa and immigration matters. To contact INIS directly, please click here.  

Visa applications from those resident outside Ireland are submitted to the appropriate Irish Embassy or Consulate as directed on completion of the online application form. In some cases, usually for straightforward short stay visas such as business or conference applications, the principle of delegated sanction may apply. In other cases, the Embassy or Consulate will refer your application to INIS officers in Dublin or the decision will be made at one of the dedicated Visa Offices abroad (located in Abu Dhabi, Abuja, Beijing, London, Moscow and New Delhi).

Applicants who are in Ireland and wish to apply for a re-entry visa or have other queries should contact the Visa Section in INIS directly

In the case of applicants who are resident in Great Britain, information on Irish visa requirements can be obtained by calling a premium rate number, 0906 6610197.  Calls cost £1.50 per minute at all times. Opening hours for this line are 9.00 am to 5.30 pm Monday to Friday except for Christmas Day, St Stephen’s Day, New Years Day and Good Friday.  All visa enquiries to this number are handled by ABTRAN. This enables the visa section staff to concentrate fully on processing visa applications as quickly as possible.  If you have a complaint regarding this service, please email here.

In the case of applicants who are resident in the United States, information on Irish visa requirements can be obtained by calling a premium rate number 1900-776-5000 or by calling 1800-735-5888 and paying for your call via credit card. Calls cost $2.90 per minute at all times. Opening hours for this line are 8.30 am EST to 8.30 pm EST Monday to Friday except for Christmas Day, St Stephen’s Day, New Years Day, and Good Friday. All visa enquiries to this number are handled by Abtran. This enables visa section staff to concentrate fully on processing visa applications as quickly as possible. If you have a complaint regarding this service, please email here.

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