- Download our Moving to Ireland Guide (PDF)
Whether going to Ireland on holiday or business, nationals of certain countries will need to acquire the relevant visa. To ensure a smooth transition, it's important that travellers take some time to familiarise themselves with the various visas for Ireland, and find out what is needed to enter the Republic legally.
Short Stay C Visas for Ireland
Although Ireland is part of the EU, it is not part of the Schengen Area, meaning that Schengen visas cannot be used to enter the country. Travellers who are nationals of certain countries, including those in the EU and select others, do not need a visa to enter Ireland.
Citizens of some countries who hold a UK visa can enter the Republic of Ireland without an Irish visa as part of a visa-waiver programme. This includes a number of countries in Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. There are specific requirements, however, and expats should confirm these with their respective Irish embassy or consulate.
Short Stay C Visas for Ireland are valid for up to 90 days and can be used to enter the country for tourism, business, visiting family or friends, or taking a short course.
Long Stay D Visas for Ireland
Expats who are not from the EU/EEA and who want to stay in Ireland for longer than three months will need to get a Long-Stay D Visa. This applies to expats who intend to work, study or stay with family in Ireland. In addition to the relevant visa and travel documents required, applicants may need to prove they have enough funds to support themselves for the duration of their proposed stay.
Expats looking to work in the country will need to first apply for an Irish employment permit with the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (DETE). Following this, the applicant will need to obtain a Long Stay Visa to enter Ireland. Once in the country, applicants must register with the Irish Immigration Service (IIS) and apply for a residence permit.
*Visa regulations are subject to change at short notice and expats should contact their respective embassy or consulate for the latest details.
►For information on the required paperwork for employment, see Work Permits for Ireland
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