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Passports and Visas

passports and visas

Departing from Ireland

If you are travelling internationally, a valid passport is normally required. For some countries your passport will need to be valid for at least six months after your intended return, and you may also need a visa. Before travelling you should always check your destination country's entry requirements and allow enough time to renew your passport and/or apply for a visa at the relevant embassy or consulate.

If your passport is lost or stolen you must report it to the Passport Office or your nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate. It may also be worth carrying additional photographic ID separate from your passport.

Entering Ireland

Passports must be valid for at least three months beyond your length of stay by all passengers entering Ireland except:

  • Persons born in the UK travelling direct from the UK (applicable to British passport holders only). Note: Whilst UK citizens do not require a passport or visa to enter Ireland, most airlines require some form of identification with photograph, usually a passport or driving licence with photo.
  • EU nationals holding a valid national ID card. Note: EU nationals are only required to produce evidence of their EU nationality and identity in order to be admitted to any EU Member State. This evidence can take the form of a valid national passport or national identity card. Either is acceptable. Possession of a return ticket, any length of validity on their document, sufficient funds for the length of their proposed visit should not be imposed.

Visitors should check what form of ID is required with the individual airline before travelling.

Note: Imposition of a return ticket as a condition of entry is down to the discretion of the Immigration Officer at point of entry.

Visitors from EEA countries (including British dependent territories) don’t need a visa to visit Ireland. If you need a visa to enter Ireland and attempt to enter without one, you’ll be refused entry. The granting of a visa doesn’t necessarily give you permission to enter the country either; it is at the discretion of the Irish immigration officials.

  • Visa Office in Dublin: +353 (0)1 478 0822
  • Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform: +353 (0)1 602 8202