It is stated that almost two million Irish travelled to settle in America while their country of birth was suffering from famine between 1846 and 1852. It is no surprise then that there are many Americans with Irish roots that go back to the 19th century.

If you’re planning on visiting family who you’ve only held a long-distance relationship with, or just want to explore the roots that your family descended from, Ireland has a lot to offer. Whenever you are crossing borders though, it is important that you are clued up on what Visa’s and documentation you required to have to pass border control.

So What Is Required?

If your visit is three months or under then you just need a valid passport. There is a list of countries where a visa isn’t required to visit Ireland and you can find them here. America and Canada are included in this list, as are countries that belong to the European Union. If you are planning a trip to also visit the UK, you should check what the current requirements are to visit, as this may change when it leaves the European Union. These countries are England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Travelling To Ireland For Work or Study?

If you have a job offer or short term (under three months) employment in Ireland, you don’t require a Visa but you do need to apply for immigration permission to work in Ireland. If you have a permanent offer you still need to follow the link and provide proof that you have been offered a permanent position from your employer.

If the reason for your visit to Ireland is to study short term (under three months), then you won’t require extra paperwork, only proof that you have paid for the course in full before entering the country. You will also be required to have private medical insurance and you are not permitted to work during your study period.

To study for a longer period then you still don’t require a visa, however, they are strict on ensuring that you are self-funded for the duration of your stay. The government’s immigration board advise that you must be able to show that you have access to €7000 as part of your immigration application.

Will the Irish Passport Requirements Change?

There has already been a rise in applications for citizenship in Ireland as hopefuls use their ancestry to apply. This has been attributed to political revolutions such as Brexit and Donald Trump’s election as the US president. Although Irish population looks to increase, if the country stays within the European Union, then it’s laws for immigration and visitors are likely to stay the same.

If you’re unsure on what you will need or maybe if you’re looking for Irish Citizenship information, you can get in touch with our specialist advisors here at IAS. We’re here to help make your life easier and give you the guidance you need on all your Ireland queries.