As a general rule, citizens from any country other than Ireland need a visa to enter and live in Ireland. Nevertheless, citizens from some countries that are members of the European Union and individuals entitled with special travel documentation are exempt from visa to Ireland.
Required documentation for EU citizens
EU citizens and citizens from countries participating in PRADO do not need special documentation to enter Ireland. Travelling is possible just with their national ID or passport.
Other kind of identification cards such as driver’s license, bank cards, tax identification cards, etc. are not accepted as travel documents nor as a proof of identity. The only valid documents are the ones issued by national authorities.
Required documentation for non-EU citizens
If you are not a EU citizen, you will need a valid passport and a visa to enter Ireland. There are exceptions that allow citizens from some countries to enter Ireland without a visa for up to 90 days, but just for tourism purposes.
If you are not sure whether you need a visa or not, check the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service website. Another option is to contact your country’s embassy or consulate in Ireland and ask what documents are needed to enter Ireland.
Tip: As a precaution, we recommend that you scan all the documents that might identify you and save them in your email account. In case of loss, contact your embassy (see list of embassies in Dublin) or consulate to request a printed version of the documents, which may be useful to identify you temporarily.
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