Travelling to Ireland

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Updated 2020-01-21 08:56

If you are planning to travel to the beautiful island of Ireland, it is important that you are aware of any potential visas and other documentation that you may need. The process of getting a holiday visa is fairly straightforward, which means you will be looking forward to your trip in no time without having to worry about your visa. 

Entry conditions in Ireland

People from certain countries will have to obtain a holiday visa in order to travel to Ireland. You need to have this visa arranged before you travel to the country or else you will not be able to get in. This will be a short term visa covering a holiday period of up to 90 days. 

If you are a resident in an EU, EEA state or Switzerland, there is no need for you to obtain a visa. All you need in order to get into Ireland is a valid passport or a national identity card. 

For those non-EEA residents, you still will have to get permission to enter into the country when arriving at your port of entry from an immigration officer, even if you do not need a visa. 

All of the documents should be in English or translated into English. You will have to fill out an application form and sign it yourself if you are at least 18 years old. The passport needs to be valid for at least the next six months after you leave Ireland. You will have to prove that you can sustain yourself financially when in Ireland, usually by providing a bank statement covering the six months in advance of your trip. 

If you have family members in any European country, including Ireland, you will have to provide details. You also need to give details on any previous visa applications you may have had for getting into Ireland. 

Arriving in Ireland

You will need to have additional documents along with your signed visa application form. This will include completed details about the reason for your visit. You will need a letter of reference for the place in which you are staying. You will need to agree to comply with all laws during your visit and give documentation as to how you know your reference. 

You will need to have evidence of having sufficient funds to support yourself during the trip, as well as evidence showcasing your obligation to returning to your country or resident. This could be from your employer or place of education. 

A single journey visa will cost you €60, and a multiple journey visa will cost €100. Certain types of applicants are able to avoid paying this fee.

Types of short term visas for Ireland

There are a few different types of short term visas available to you when travelling to Ireland. These vary depending on where you are coming from. There is a standard holiday visa where you apply for a short term stay in Ireland. 

There is also a short-stay visa waiver programme which allows nationals from certain Asian, Middle East and Eastern European nations that have a short term UK visa to travel to Ireland without needing an additional Irish visa. 

The British Irish Visa Scheme is applicable to those people coming from China and India. These people will be able to travel in the UK and Ireland using just one of the respective country's visas. 

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