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What is the Irish Tourist Visa?
The Ireland Tourist Visa is intended for non-EEA citizens who would like to travel to Ireland for tourism purposes or to complete a short-term English language course. If your application for the Tourist Visa is approved, you will be able to stay in Ireland for up to 90 days.
There are certain non-EEA countries that have agreements with Ireland in place that allow them to travel to Ireland without a visa. The countries covered by the Short Stay Visa Waiver Programme are:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Russian Federation
- Saudi Arabia
- People’s Republic of China
If you are a citizen of an EU/EEA country, or a citizen of Switzerland, you also have the right to come to Ireland without a visa and stay there for up to 90 days visa-free.
However, foreign nationals who are from a country that does not allow visa-free travel will need to apply for an Irish visa in order to visit Ireland. While in Ireland under Tourist visas, visa-required nationals will not be allowed to do any work (neither paid nor unpaid) and they will not have access to any public services.
Am I eligible for the Ireland Tourist Visa?
If you are a citizen of a visa-required country, you need to meet the following requirements to be able to obtain the Ireland Tourist Visa:
- You plan to come to Ireland for tourism or to complete a short-term English language course
- You have a passport valid for at least 6 months past the date when you plan to leave Ireland
- You have enough money to cover all the expenses during your stay (the amount depends on your individual circumstances)
- You are able to provide information about any family members living in Ireland or in other EU member states
- You are able to provide details of any previous Irish visas you applied for
- You have ties in your home country that will make you go back there after your visa expires.
Our lawyers can analyze your circumstances and help you determine whether you meet all of the requirements. They can also help you prepare documents that prove your eligibility for the Ireland Tourist Visa.
How can I apply for the Ireland Tourist Visa?
To apply for your Tourist Visa to Ireland, you first have to complete an online application form in which you explain what the reason for your travel is and provide personal details. After you submit the form, you will see a web page with your application summary sheet. You have to print and sign it as it needs to be included in your portfolio of evidence.
The next step of the application process is to pay the visa application fee of either €60 for a single entry visa or €100 for a multiple-entry one.
Once you make the payment, you can start gathering supporting documents. The failure to submit the required documentation can lead to delays in the processing of your application. This is why it is advisable that you hire an immigration lawyer. They will review your application before you submit it to make sure no documents and no information are missing.
When you have all the documents ready, you can send your complete application over for processing to the designated visa office. You can find out which visa office to send them to by checking the information on your application summary sheet.
Once sent away, the Department of Justice & Equality will process the application and make a decision. If necessary, Irish immigration officials will contact the Irish police or other government/international departments to determine if you are eligible to visit Ireland. If approved, your passport will be stamped with the Irish Tourist Visa and be sent back to you along with any important original documents. Those who receive a rejection will be sent a letter of refusal along with their documents. This letter will detail the reasons why the visa application was rejected.
What documents do I need to submit?
To prove that you meet the requirements for the Irish Tourist Visa, you have to submit the following supporting documents as part of your tourist visa application:
- Your printed, signed, and dated application summary sheet
- A detailed explanation of why you want to come to Ireland
- Your valid passport
- Information about your accommodation in Ireland and confirmations for any reservations
- Two passport size photographs
- Statement in which you promise not to become a burden on the Irish state
- Proof of ties in your home country
- Proof of having enough money to support yourself during your visit.
Depending on your individual circumstances, there might also be additional documents you have to provide. Talk to our lawyers and they will tell you in detail what evidence you have to prepare.
Keep in mind that all documents you submit have to be originals as photocopies will be rejected right away. Do not worry, however, as all original documents will be returned to you after immigration officials review them. Moreover, all documents have to be in English. That means that if any of the documents were issued in another language, you have to have them translated by an official translator. You will need to provide both the original documents with the certified translated ones in the tourist visa application.
How long will I wait for the decision?
The waiting time for the Irish Tourist Visa varies as applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and the circumstances of each applicant are different. If your case is complex, you might have to wait longer than someone else who applied at the same time. Nevertheless, most tourist visa applications are processed within 8 weeks.
If your application is successful, immigration officials will place a stamp on your passport and you will be able to travel to Ireland. Nevertheless, just obtaining a Tourist Visa does not guarantee that you will be permitted to enter the country. When you arrive in Ireland, a person working at the border will review your documents and determine whether to grant you permission to enter Ireland.
If your application is rejected, you will be issued a letter explaining the reasons for the refusal. Get in touch with our lawyers and they will help you figure out what to do next.
How can IAS help?
At IAS, we have a team of experienced immigration lawyers who have expert knowledge of Irish immigration law. They have helped many foreign citizens successfully apply for various Irish visas, including the Tourist Visa.
If you hire one of our lawyers, they will explain to you in detail what the application process looks like and what requirements you have to meet. Thanks to their help, applying for your chosen visa will be easy.
By hiring an immigration lawyer you can make sure that your application has been completed to the highest standard and that you submitted all the documents that might be required. This way you can maximize the chances of your application being approved.
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The Ireland Tourist Visa belongs to the category of Short Stay ‘C’ Visas. That means that if your application for the Tourist Visa to Ireland is approved, you will have the right to spend up to 90 days in Ireland. Unfortunately, it is not possible to extend the Tourist Visa or any other Short Stay ‘C’ Visa to Ireland. After you have spent 90 days in Ireland, you must leave the country.
If you would like to come to Ireland for longer than 90 days, you have to obtain a Long Stay ‘D’ Visa. Talk to our lawyers about the purpose of your trip and they will help you find the right permit.
The Tourist Visa is granted to foreign citizens wanting to come to Ireland for tourism or to complete a short-term language course. Holders of the Tourist Visa do not have the right to work in Ireland. If you engage in employment during your stay, you will be breaching the conditions of your visa and you might face deportation.
If you want to come to Ireland to work, you have to obtain an employment permit and a Long Stay ‘D’ Work Visa, which is a separate Irish visa.
One of the requirements you have to meet to be able to obtain the Irish Tourist Visa is to have enough money to support yourself during your stay. There is no specific amount you have to have in your bank account to apply but you have to have enough funds to cover expenses such as accommodation, food, excursions, etc. An immigration officer will assess your individual circumstances and decide whether the money you have is enough.
You also have to be able to pay the necessary visa fees. For the single-entry visa, the visa fee is €60 and for the multiple-entry one €100.
Non-EEA nationals can only use Ireland visas to enter Ireland. Therefore, if you are a visa-required national traveling through Europe you may need to apply for a separate UK visa to enter the United Kingdom or a Schengen Visa to enter some parts of mainland Europe.
If you are traveling extensively throughout Europe and are from a visa-required country, consult with an immigration expert who can best advise you on what European visas to apply to.
The Short Stay Visa Waiver Programme allows citizens of certain normally visa-required countries to come to Ireland without having to apply for a short stay visa such as the Tourist Visa.
There are 17 countries that are covered by the program. These are:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Russian Federation
- Saudi Arabia
- People’s Republic of China