Ireland information: visa, passport and embassies

Belfast airport

Ireland’s passport and visa requirements vary for different nationalities so check with your local Irish embassy or consulate before you travel.

Belfast Airport
Belfast Airport

Passports

You need a valid passport to enter the Republic or Northern Ireland.

Air and sea carriers require some form of photo identification (usually either a passport or driving licence), so ALWAYS check what form of ID is required with your individual airline, ferry company or travel agent before travelling.

While e-passports are commonly used now, you don't need one to enter Ireland.

Visas

People who have a valid South Africa passport do not require a visa to enter the Republic of Ireland. However, South African passport holders do require a visa for visiting Northern Ireland.

Embassies & High Commissions

Republic of Ireland

Embassy of Ireland

2nd Floor , Parkdev Building

Brooklyn Bridge Office Park

570 Fehrsen Street

Brooklyn 0181

Pretoria

Tel: +27 12 452 1000

Northern Ireland

British High Commission Pretoria

255 Hill Street Arcadia

Pretoria 0028

Tel (visa enquiries): +861 837 221

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