- What is the Tourist Visa to Ireland?
- Who can come to Ireland as a tourist without a visa?
- What are the eligibility requirements for the Tourist Visa?
- What is the application process for the Tourist Visa?
- What supporting documents are required?
- What is the processing time of Tourist Visa applications?
- How can Total Law help?
- Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Tourist Visa to Ireland?
The Tourist Visa to Ireland allows foreign citizens coming from non-EEA countries to come to Ireland for holidays or to complete a short-term English language course.
Citizens of non-EEA countries need to obtain the Tourist Visa prior to arriving in the country. If you fail to do so, you will not be allowed to enter Ireland.
If your application for the Tourist Visa is successful, you will be able to stay in Ireland for up to 90 days. After this period you will have to leave the country. Unfortunately, it is not possible to apply for an extension of the Tourist Visa.
Who can come to Ireland as a tourist without a visa?
Citizens of EU/EEA countries and citizens of Switzerland do not have to apply for the Tourist Visa to visit Ireland. If you are a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland you can present your passport or national id card when entering Ireland and you will be able to remain there for 90 days visa-free.
Additionally, under the Short Stay Visa Waiver Programme, citizens of certain countries can also travel to Ireland for tourism without a visa. These countries are:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Russian Federation
- Saudi Arabia
- People’s Republic of China
Those coming to Ireland from a country eligible for the Short Stay Visa Waiver Programme can remain in Ireland for up to 90 days.
What are the eligibility requirements for the Tourist Visa?
All non-EEA citizens who need the Tourist Visa to visit Ireland have to meet the following eligibility requirements:
- You have enough money to support yourself during your visit to Ireland
- You have a passport valid for at least six months past the date when you intend to leave Ireland
- You can provide details of any family members living in Ireland and the EU
- You can provide details of any applications for Irish visas you submitted previously.
If you are not sure whether you meet the eligibility requirements or whether you need to apply for a Tourist Visa to visit Ireland, talk to our immigration lawyers. They can assess your eligibility for the visa and help you apply. If based on the purpose of your trip to Ireland they determine that the Tourist Visa is not the right choice for you, they can help you choose another, more appropriate immigration permit.
What is the application process for the Tourist Visa?
The first step of the application process for the Tourist Visa is to complete and submit an online application form. Once you do that, you will see a web page where you will find your application number and your application summary sheet. Make sure you note the number as you will need it to check the progress in the processing of your application. As for the application summary sheet, you have to print, sign, and date it. Then you have to submit it alongside other supporting documents.
After submitting the online application you have to pay the visa application fee. Then you can start gathering evidence that proves your eligibility for the visa. It is advisable to hire an immigration lawyer to ensure that you prepare all the documents that might be required. The failure to include some of them can lead to your application being delayed or even rejected.
Finally, the last step of the application is to send the portfolio of evidence to the immigration office displayed on your application summary sheet.
What supporting documents are required?
As part of your application for the Tourist Visa to Ireland you have to submit the following documents:
- Your application summary sheet
- Details of the purpose of your visit to Ireland
- Your passport valid for at least six months past your stay in Ireland
- Information about your accommodation in Ireland
- Two coloured passport size photographs
- Proof of having enough finances to support yourself during your stay in Ireland
- Evidence of having ties in your home country that will make you leave Ireland after your visa’s validity ends
- Receipt confirming that you paid the visa application fee.
If any of the documents were issued in a language other than English or Irish, you have to have them translated by a certified translator. Moreover, all documents you submit have to be originals. Photocopies will not be accepted but do not worry because the original documents you submit will be returned to you after immigration officials review them and process your application.
What is the processing time of Tourist Visa applications?
There is no set time frame for the processing of applications for the Tourist Visa to Ireland. How long you will have to wait depends on how complex your case is. Nevertheless, most applications are processed within eight weeks.
If you forget to include some of the required supporting documents, the processing of your application will be delayed. Similarly, if the immigration office is dealing with a large number of applications, you can expect to wait longer.
Once your application is accepted, you will receive a Tourist Visa stamp in your passport and you will have the right to travel to Ireland. If your application is rejected, you will be given reasons for the refusal.
To maximise your chances of a positive outcome, hire one of our immigration lawyers. They will help you ensure that your application has been completed to the highest standard.
How can Total Law help?
At Total Law, our lawyers have expert knowledge of Irish immigration law and they can guide you through each step of the application process for your Tourist Visa to Ireland.
If you hire one of our lawyers, they will discuss the requirements for the Irish Tourist Visa with you. Thanks to their professional help, you can make sure that you properly completed the application form and that your portfolio of evidence features all the necessary supporting documents.
Throughout the application process, your lawyers will liaise with immigration officials to keep you updated about the progress in the processing of your application.
Call us today on +353 (0) 61 518 025 to find out more about how our lawyers can help.
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EU/EEA citizens do not need a Tourist Visa to visit Ireland for tourism. You might be wondering whether now that the UK has left the EU you need to apply for a visa before taking a holiday in Ireland. Luckily, thanks to the Common Travel Area, nothing changes and UK citizens have the right to come to Ireland without a visa. In fact, as a UK citizen, you not only visit but also live, work, and study in Ireland without having to obtain a visa.
The Irish Tourist Visa is a Short Stay ‘C’ Visa which means that its holders can stay in the country for up to 90 days. When applying for the Tourist Visa applicants can indicate whether they want to obtain a single entry or a multiple entry permit but the latter is granted only in exceptional circumstances.
It is not possible to extend the Irish Tourist Visa. If you want to come to Ireland to stay there for more than 90 days, you have to apply for one of the Long Stay ‘D’ Visas.
Unfortunately, the Tourist Visa to Ireland is not free. To receive it, you have to pay the visa application fee of either €60 for a single entry visa or €100 for a multiple entry visa. This fee is non-refundable, which means that you will not get your money back even if your application is rejected or if you decide to withdraw it.
Depending on where you come from, you might have to pay additional fees such as fees for translating documents that were issued in a language that is not English or Irish.
If you come to Ireland on the Tourist Visa, you will not be allowed to work. In fact, seeking and undertaking employment would mean breaching the conditions of your visa and could lead to you facing deportation.
The Irish Tourist Visa is issued to non-EEA citizens who want to explore the country or complete a short-term English language course.