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    Visas and passports

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

    Passports

    Most people need a valid passport to enter the Republic or Northern Ireland but there are some exceptions:

    • If you're a UK citizen, you can also use official photo identification.
    • If you're an EU citizen, you can also use a national identity card.

    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.

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    EU citizens need a valid passport or national identity card to enter Ireland and Northern Ireland.
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    From 1 October 2021, EU nationals will have to show a valid passport when entering Northern Ireland.
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    Always check what form of ID is required by your individual airline, ferry company or travel agent before travelling.
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    Find out about visa requirements from your local embassy or consulate.
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    Your passport must be valid up to the return date of your trip to Ireland.

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    Visas

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

    If you’re a citizen of a European Economic Area (EEA) member state (27 countries of the European Union, together with Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) and many other countries including Great Britain, the USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, you don’t need a visa to visit the Republic or Northern Ireland. South African visitors can visit the Republic of Ireland without a visa, but need a UK visa in order to enter Northern Ireland.

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

    If your country is not on this list, contact your local Irish embassy/consulate before you travel to find out your visa requirements. If you’re planning on travelling to Northern Ireland, contact your local British embassy/high commission or consular office.

    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 31st, 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.