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Do I need a visa for Ireland?


If you are a citizen of a country that is on the list below, you do NOT require an entry visa for Ireland. Citizens of countries which are not on the list must apply for a visa before they travel to Ireland.

Andorra Brazil El Salvador Hong Kong (Sar)* Luxembourg Nicaragua San Marino Switzerland
Antigua And Barbuda Brunei Estonia Hungary Macau (Sar) Norway Seychelles Taiwan
Argentina Bulgaria Fiji Iceland Malawi Panama Singapore Tonga
Australia Canada Finland Israel Malaysia Paraguay Slovak Republic Trinidad & Tobago
Austria Chile France Italy Maldives Poland Slovenia Tuvalu
Bahamas Costa Rica Germany Japan Malta Portugal Solomon Islands United Kingdom
Barbados Croatia Greece Kiribati Mexico Romania South Africa United States Of America
Belgium Cyprus Grenada Latvia Monaco Saint Kitts & Nevis South Korea Uruguay
Belize Czech Republic Guatemala Lesotho Nauru Saint Lucia Spain Vanuatu
Bolivia Denmark Guyana Liechtenstein Netherlands Saint Vincent & The Grenadines Swaziland Vatican City
Botswana Dominica Honduras Lithuania New Zealand Samoa Sweden Venezuela

* HONG KONG SAR – A person in possession of a Hong Kong certificate of identity requires an entry visa for the State. Persons who are holders of a British Hong Kong Passport who have a right of abode in Great Britain do not require entry visas. Persons who are holders of a British Hong Kong Passport who have a right of abode in Hong Kong only do not require entry visas but they are subject to full foreign national controls in respect of registration, permission to remain, work permits etc.


Visas are not required by persons who are holders of Convention travel documents issued by the following countries:

Belgium Iceland Netherlands Slovakia
Czech Republic Italy Norway Spain
Denmark Liechtenstein Poland Sweden
Finland Luxembourg Portugal Switzerland
Germany Malta Romania  


Afghanistan Ethiopia Moldova
Albania Ghana Nigeria
Cuba Iran Somalia
Democratic Republic
Of The Congo
Iraq Sri Lanka
Eritrea Lebanon Zimbabwe


The Irish Short-Stay Visa Waiver Programme was announced by the Government as part of its jobs Initiative with a view to promoting tourism from emerging markets. It commenced on 1st July and will run up to the end of October 2016. This programme can be amended or expanded at any point.

What does the Programme do?

Under the Programme, persons who:
  • are nationals of one of the countries below:
    • Eastern Europe – Belarus, Montenegro, Russian Federation, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine
    • Middle East – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates
    • Other Asian – India, Kazakhstan, People’s Republic of China, Uzbekistan
  • have entered the UK on foot of a UK “C” General visa. Under remarks one of the following should appear:
    • “C – visit”
    • “C – visit – general”
    • “C – visit – business”
    • “C – visit – academic”
    • “C – visit – sport”
  • have been granted leave to remain in the UK for up to 180 days,


  • travel to Ireland, within the time remaining on a current leave to remain in the UK, without the requirements to obtain an Irish visa, and
  • be granted permission to remain in Ireland up to a maximum of 90 days or the time left on their UK leave to remain, whichever shorter.

Each distinct period of leave to remain in the UK (up to a maximum of 180 days each time) requires a prior legal entry into the UK before travel to Ireland under the Programme, no matter what the duration of the UK visa.