Applying for an Irish Visa
All visa applications are made on the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) using their AVATS on-line application facility: www.inis.gov.ie
Delegates can check their visa requirements on the site and apply for the Visa appropriate for their nationality.
Delegates will find the specific requirements for their country on the site by applying for the Visa appropriate for their nationality.
Shengen Visa Holders
Ireland is not part of the Schengen Acquis and therefore delegates require a separate Irish visa to come to Ireland. A UK visa will not be accepted.
All frequently asked questions regarding Irish Visa applications can be found on this link: www.inis.gov.ie
How to Apply
Frequently asked questions regarding online visa applications can be found at the following link: www.inis.gov.ie
You must apply for a visa from your home country or a country where you are a legal resident.
Prepare your application 3 months before you travel.
Your application has 3 parts:
- 1. Create a visa application online
- All delegates who require a visa should apply for a Short Stay "C" Visa which is for 90 days travel or less.
- The option for “Conference of Event Visa” should be selected by delegates
Once you have created your visa application online the final page will provide the details of the location (consulate, embassy, visa office) to where you must send your documents. Processing cannot begin on an application until the fee is paid.
The Department of Foreign Affairs has dedicated visa offices in the following locations which process visas.
- Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
- Abuja, Nigeria
- Ankara, Turkey
- Beijing, China
- London, United Kingdom
- Moscow, Russia
- New Delhi, India
If your application is successful, an Irish visa will be placed into your passport/travel document and returned to you. In general, you can expect a decision about 8 weeks after your documents have been received however it is advised to apply at least 3 months in advance of travel.
If you require your passport to travel while your visa is being processed, you may request to have your passport returned to you once the official visa issuing office has reviewed it.
Entry to Ireland - Preparing for Border Control
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. You will need to prove that you have a valid reason for entering Ireland to an immigration officer at border control. To do so you will need your passport and other documents. All documents that have been submitted to support your visa application should be in your possession at the port of entry. This may include a hotel reservation, travel itinerary, business invitation, etc.
If you cannot satisfy the immigration officer, you will not be allowed into Ireland.
Common reasons for visa refusal
The most frequent issues regarding Irish visa applications include:
- Application letter
- Letter from conference organiser (HPRA looking into automated standard letter)
- Accommodation plan
- Finance plan
- Proof of return to your home country
- Previous visa refusals for any country
- Border control
Details regarding the requirements for all of these issues are provided under the short stay conference/event visa page.