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Updated December 2023

An exquisite getaway along the enchanting European shores, Ireland is a land where enchanting landscapes meet rich history and vibrant culture. For those yearning for the pleasure of travel without the complexities of visa procedures, Ireland welcomes citizens from specific countries, offering them the privilege of entering without a visa.

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In this article, Wego elaborates on the details regarding countries eligible for visa-free travel to Ireland.

Which countries are eligible for visa-free entry to Ireland?

Ireland has a visa-free regime for visitors from specific countries, with a duration of stay of up to 3 months. However, while Ireland is a member of the European Union, it remains outside the Schengen Area and thus upholds its unique visa policies.

Moreover, since Ireland is not a part of the Schengen Agreement, possessing a Schengen visa or residence permit does not grant you permission to travel to Ireland without a separate visa.

Listed below are the countries whose citizens can travel to Ireland without a visa:

EU and EEA member states

Foreign nationals from the following EU and EEA member states are exempt from obtaining a visa to enter Ireland:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden

Other countries

However, individuals from other countries must obtain an Irish visa before their arrival, except nationals from the following countries, who are permitted to visit Ireland for up to 3 months without a visa:

  • Andorra
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Costa Rica
  • Czech Republic
  • Dominica
  • El Salvador
  • Eswatini
  • Fiji
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region)
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Kiribati
  • Lesotho
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Nauru
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Portugal
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tuvalu
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Uruguay
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City

British-Irish Visa Scheme

The British Irish Visa Scheme (BIVS) enables specific individuals to travel within the Common Travel Area (CTA), which comprises Ireland and the United Kingdom (excluding the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands), using a single visa for short stays.

To benefit from this scheme, your visa must bear the endorsement ‘BIVS’. A visa officer will assess each eligible visa for ‘BIVS’ endorsement. There is no recourse for an appeal if a visa is not endorsed by ‘BIVS’.

Chinese nationals residing in China (including Hong Kong and Macau) at the time of application and Indian nationals residing in India during the application period are eligible for the British-Irish Visa Scheme.

 

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