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


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.


Whether you need a visa to enter Ireland depends on your citizenship.

Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has a full list of countries whose citizens do NOT need a visa to visit Ireland.

United Arab Emirates Nationals no longer require a visa to travel to Ireland (effective from January 31st 2018)

Nationals from all other GCC countries including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman require an Irish Visa.

PLEASE NOTE: All GCC Nationals travelling to Northern Ireland require a UK Visa.

-    Visas applications can be made at Irish and British embassies in Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, British consulate Dubai and at the Irish visa processing centre in Dubai.

Short-Stay Visa Waiver Scheme

This scheme allows visitors from certain countries who have a valid UK visit visa to also visit Ireland without the need for an Irish visa. The scheme is valid until October 2021 and you can get a list of participating countries from INIS (Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service).

Work and Student Visas

Wondering about a working holiday in the Republic of Ireland? You can talk to your local Irish embassy or consulate about a Working Holiday Authorisation (WHA). And if you’re interested in studying in Ireland, you can find out more from INIS.

If you want to work or study in Northern Ireland, contact UK Visas and Immigrations.

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