Following a move in January 2006 the Irish Government gave responsibility for immigration and visa matters to the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS), an agency that operates within the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform.
Filmmakers from certain countries are required to carry visas with them to allow them entry to Ireland. For a full list of countries whose members need a visa to travel to Ireland (see section 2.1 below).
1.1 Countries whose passport holding citizens do not require a visa to enter Ireland are Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region – see section 1.3 below) Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kiribati, Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau (Special Administrative Region), Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & The Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tuvalu, United Kingdom & Dependent Territories (noted in section 1.2), United States of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Vatican City and Venezuela.
1.2 The aforementioned British Dependent Territories are as follows: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Antarctic Territory (South Georgia, South Sandwich Islands), British Indian Ocean Territories (Chagos Archipelago, Peros Banos, Diego Garcia, Danger Island), Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands and Dependencies, Gibraltar, Pitcairn (Henderson, Ducie and Oneno Islands), St. Helena and Dependencies (Ascension Island, Tristan Da Cunha), The Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekila, Turks and Caicos Island and the British Virgin Islands
1.3 Where Hong Kong Sar is concerned a person in possession of a Hong Kong certificate of identity requires an entry visa in order to gain entry to Ireland.
1.4 Persons who are holders of a British Hong Kong Passport who have a right of abode in Great Britain do not require entry visas. Persons who are holders of a British Hong Kong Passport who have a right of abode in Hong Kong only do not require entry visas but they are subject to full foreign national controls in respect of registration, permission to remain, work permits etc.
1.5 Visas are not required by persons who are holders of Convention travel documents issued by the following countries: Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
1.6 Applicants who are holders of Convention travel documents issued by EEA states should refer to Article 3 of the Irish Immigration Act 2004 (Visas) (No. 2) Order 2009 which states that:
3. It is hereby declared that the following classes of non-nationals are specified
as classes, the members of which are not required to be in possession of a
valid Irish visa when landing in the State:
(a) Nationals of a state or territorial entity specified in Schedule 1;
(b) Non-nationals who are holders of—
(i) A valid Convention travel document issued by Belgium, Czech
Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Italy,
Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway,
Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, or
Switzerland and where the intended purpose of the travel to the
State by the holder of such a travel document is solely for a visit
of up to a maximum period of 3 months,
(ii) A valid permanent residence card issued under Regulation 16 of
the Regulations of 2006, or
Notice of the making of this Statutory Instrument was published in
“Iris Oifigiúil” of 27th November, 2009.
(iii) A valid residence card issued under Regulation 7 of the Regulations
2.1 Transit Visas are required by citizens of the following countries:
Afghanistan, Albania, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Moldova, Montenegro, Nigeria, Serbia, Somalia, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.
2.2 An Online Visa Application Form is available. All applications for an Irish Visa should be made using this Online Application Form which can be found if you click here.
3.1 The only exception to this is an application for a Re-entry Visa for individuals already residing in the State. For a re-entry visa application form click here (PDF).