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 will 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

Visas for the Republic of Ireland

A person in possession of a Hong Kong SAR or British National Overseas (BNO) passport does not require an entry visa. A person in possession of a Hong Kong Document/Certificate of Identity requires an entry visa.

For further information and guidelines, please visit the Embassy of Ireland 

If you do not hold a Hong Kong SAR or British National Overseas (BNO) passport, please visit Irish Nationalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) to see if you require an entry visa to visit the Republic of Ireland.

Visas for Northern Ireland

If you hold a BN (O) or Hong Kong SAR passport and intend to stay in the UK for six months or less as a visitor you do not normally need to apply for a visa before travelling. But some categories of visitors do require visas.

For further information and guidelines, please visit the UK Border Agency – Hong Kong.  

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