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 Recommended reading Travel Essentials Use our travel essentials checklist: everything you need to know from pets to public holidays, languages and more. Customs and Borders Before you get on that plane, take a look at the customs and borders procedures you can expect when you step off. Travelling in Ireland Whether it's by air, road or sea, we've got the lowdown you'll need on any mode of travel around the island.