Applying for a visa for Ireland

The geographical island of Ireland contains two separate legal jurisdictions comprising the sovereign independent state of Ireland (Republic of Ireland) and Northern Ireland (which is part of the United Kingdom).

Even if you have a UK visa, you may still need a separate visa to travel to the Republic of Ireland as it is a separate country to the UK. Ireland is also not part of the Schengen agreement and a separate visa is required.

ISAS has outlined the main details below but you should go through the Embassy Ireland website thoroughly for full details and information - 

If you need to obtain a visa for the Republic of Ireland, we can check your application and documents but we cannot apply on your behalf. We can answer general questions but you may have to contact the embassy directly if you have more specific questions.

What do I need to know?

Do I need a visa?

Find out if you need a visa from the Irish Embassy website.

What type of visa do I need?

If you want to travel to the Irish Republic as a tourist, you will need a Visit Visa.

How much does it cost?

You can find full information about the amount of visa fees, methods of payment and whether you are waived from fees from the Irish Embassy website.   

When should I apply?

As postal applications can take three weeks to be processed (from the time the documents are received at the embassy), it would be advisable to apply three months before your intended date of travel.

What do I need to do?

How to apply?

  • Go through the embassy website and read the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
  • Complete the online application form from here
  • Ensure your passport photograph meets the requirement (see How to Apply for details)
  • Gather your supporting documentation, passport photograph and fee
  • Submit or post your documents to the Embassy (follow directions from the online application)
  • The embassy does not operate an appointment system


What documents do I need?

Refer to the Irish Embassy website for full details of what documents you need to provide.

All letters should be dated within the 4 week period immediately prior to your date of application.

Contact details of embassy

Office Address: 

Visa Office
Embassy of Ireland,
114a Cromwell Road,
London  SW7 4ES

Nearest tube station: Hyde Park Corner on the Piccadilly line

To track your application, the Embassy publishes a weekly decision report or you can call 0906 6610197 This is a premium rate number. This facility is only available to callers from UK (excluding Northern Ireland) and, as it is a premium line, calls cost £1.50 per minute (calls from different network providers or from mobile phones may cost more).

Opening Hours
To lodge applications:
Monday - Friday 9:30-12:00

How long does it take to process?

  • Applications submitted in-person takes a minimum of 7 working days.
  • Applications submitted through post takes a maximum of 15 working days (3 weeks) from the date of receipt in the office.

Processing may take longer at certain times of the year or depending on the complexity of the application. 

Visas cannot be issued on the same day as the application is lodged.