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Short-Term Visas Ireland

If you want to take a holiday or a short break in Ireland, you can visit for less than 90 days. If you are from a visa-required country, you must apply for a Short Stay ‘C’ Tourist Visa. Here, you will find information about the conditions for this type of visa.

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How to apply?

Answer all questions online fully and honestly. When you have completed the online application process, you must follow the instructions on the Application Form that is created by the online system. The Application Form will contain information on where you are to submit your supporting documentation.

You must print, sign and date the Application Form and submit it with your supporting documentation. You may be required to provide your biometrics information part of the application process.A guide to supporting documentation is set out below.

Important: Do not include false or misleading information or documents in your application. If you do, your application may be refused. In some circumstances, you may not be allowed to appeal the visa decision and may be blocked from getting an Irish visa for 5 years.


A short stay ‘C’ visit (tourist) visa allows you to travel to Ireland for up to 90 days for:

  • Tourism

  • To visit family/friend

  • Study. For example, a short term English language course

  • To get married

  • Medical treatment.


This visa does not allow you to:

  • Do work (paid or unpaid) of any kind

  • Use any publicly funded services. For example, a public hospital.

Documents to send for a short-stay visa

You must send documents in support of your application. This section has information on the main documents you need to send. You can get more information about documentation on the Irish Immigration Delivery website. You must send original documents (not photocopies). If your documents are not in English, you must send a certified translation and the original document.

Birth, marriage and death certificates will be returned to you. If you want other pages returned to you, you should include a note with your application that says this. Send a photocopy (in addition to the original) of the page you want returned to you.

If your visa is approved, you must get travel insurance before you travel to Ireland.


You can read more details of the documents you need on the Immigration Service Delivery website.

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If you are a visa required national then you must make an application for a visa prior to travelling to the State. Unless you have an in date EUFAM card, or a BIVS visa.

You can apply for a Short Stay ‘C’ visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to Ireland.

You will need to file an application online, you must make your visa application form the country  where you are ordinarily resident. Requests to make a visa application from any other country (e.g. a country that you are visiting while on holiday) will not be accepted.

You can apply for a visa to travel to Ireland for up to 90 days for the following reasons:

You are required to show:

  • Strong family, economic, and social ties to your country of current residence/origin

  • That you (and the relatives or friends sponsoring your visit) have enough money to travel and support yourself in Ireland without accessing public funds/resources

  • That you have provided true and complete information to the visa officer (meaning that you have not left out information), and are of good character

  • That you have a valid reason to travel here

  • That you will leave Ireland before any permission granted expires

  • That you are not applying for a visa to Ireland as a way of getting around lawful entry to the rest of the EU or the UK.

The Visa Officer will assess the information you have given and must be satisfied:

  • That you have a valid reason to travel

  • That the information you have provided is true and complete and that you are of good character

  • That you (and the relatives or friends sponsoring your visit) have enough money to support yourself and will not access public funds or resources

  • That you have strong ties to your country of current residence/ origin

  • That you will not breach the Common Travel Area and seek to enter the UK via Ireland without a valid UK visa if required by the UK authorities

  • That your proposed stay in Ireland will be temporary, that you will leave Ireland at the end of your visit, and that you will observe the conditions of the visa sought

  • That you do not have a negative Immigration history or criminal history.

The visa officer will also assess any other issue they consider relevant.  It is your responsibility to satisfy the visa officer that the visa should be granted. The visa officer may decide on your application without letting you know before the decision is made that he or she is not satisfied that a visa should be granted to you.

Yes, you will have to submit documents in support of your application.


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