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


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.


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


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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