Citizens of certain countries must apply for an entry visa before they travel to Ireland. If you require a tourist visa and do not have one when you arrive in Ireland, you will not be allowed to enter the country.
If you are a citizen of an EU/EEA member state, you do not require a tourist visa to travel to Ireland.
People who do not require visas to visit Ireland
* Citizens of EU/EEA member states
* Citizens of the countries listed in the table below
You require a visa if you are not an EU/EEA citizen and your country is not listed below.
Antigua and Barbuda
Hong Kong (Special Admin. Region)*
Macau (Special Admin. Region)
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
United States of America
Travellers from Hong Kong
*If you have a Hong Kong Certificate of Identity, you will need an entry visa if you want to travel to Ireland.
You do not need an entry visa if you hold a British Hong Kong passport and have a right of abode in Great Britain.
If you have a British Hong Kong passport but have a right of abode in Hong Kong only, you will not need an entry visa but will be subject to full foreign national controls relating to registration, permission to remain, work permits, etc. Travellers from British Dependent Territories (Colonies)
You do not require a visa if you are from British Dependent Territories (Colonies), which are:
* British Antarctic Territory (South Georgia, South Sandwich Islands)
* British Indian Ocean Territory (Chagos Archipelago, Peros Banos, Diego Garcia, Danger Island)
* Cayman Islands
* Falkland Islands and Dependencies
* Pitcairn (Henderson, Ducie and Oneno Islands)
* St. Helena and Dependencies (Ascension Island, Tristan Da Cunha)
* The Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia
* Turks and Caicos Island
* British Virgin Islands
IF you do need to apply for a visa...
Send your application for a tourist visa to the Irish embassy or Consulate in or accredited to the country in which you normally live. I f there is no Irish Embassy or Consulate in your country, send your visa application to your nearest Irish embassy or Consulate or, the Visa Office, Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, 13-14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2.
The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service recommends that if you are applying from abroad you should allow at least 8 weeks for your visa application to be processed.
We make every effort to keep this page up to date however we do recommend that you check out the latest conditions for visiting Ireland on the Irish Goverment imigration website.