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Travelling to the Republic of Ireland

 If you are a national of one of following countries, and a Tier 4 visa holder, you must follow the instructions on the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) website to apply for a visa to travel to the Republic of Ireland-


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Republic of Ireland Travel FAQs

You can access the INIS Frequently Asked Questions:

And the Embassy of Ireland Visa Services website: 

  • Do you need a visa?

    If your country is listed overleaf, then yes, for whatever reason you enter the Republic of Ireland you will be required to obtain a visa. This includes travelling from Dublin Airport. If you are caught inside the country without current immigration permission you will be forced to return to Northern Ireland. The Irish police force, Garda, frequently board trains and buses travelling between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to check everyone has the correct immigration permission.

  • I’ve read online about the Irish Short Stay Visa Waiver Programme and my country is on the list included in this therefore I don’t need to apply for a separate visa. Is this correct?

    Unfortunately this visa waiver only applies to nationals from certain countries with Visit Visas for the UK. If your current UK visa is Tier 4 (General) Student then you will have to apply for a visa for the Republic of Ireland.

  • How much does it cost?

    €60 for a single-journey visa and €100 for a multi-journey visa. Please note on the INIS website it does state – “In general, for a short stay visa, if two previous Irish visas are held with all conditions observed (e.g. applicant did not overstay or work illegally) an application may be made for a multiple journey visa. Again, issuance of a multiple journey visa is at the discretion of the Visa Officer.”

  • What documents do I need for an Irish visa?

    It depends on the purpose of your trip. Click here to see the different types of visa you can be granted for various purposes.

    In all situations you will be required to provide bank statements from the previous 6 month period to prove that you can support yourself during your trip.

  • How long does a visa take to process?

    As a current resident of Northern Ireland you must apply through the Embassy of Ireland in London – you cannot apply directly to Dublin. You can apply by post or travel to London and submit your application in person. The Embassy advises that it should take a maximum of 2-3 weeks to process your application from the date it is received. You can find more information here:

More Information


Embassy Address:  Embassy of Ireland, Visa Office, 114a Cromwell Road, London, SW7 4ES 
Telephone:  Click Here
Email: Click Here
Visa Applications:  Click Here
Validity Remaining on Passport:  At least 6 months after applied for. 
Other Passport Requirements:  A blank page for the visa sticker. 
Student Visa Validity:  Evidence of permission to reside in the UK. Must be valid for at least 3 months longer than the visa applied for. 
Appointment Necessary:  Visa applicants who wish to apply at the Embassy in London must submit their applications online before submitting their supporting documents and payment at the Embassy. Please read the information on the Embassy website carefully before completing your application. 
Application Form: Yes: Online application only - see Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service website for more information. 
Photographs: Yes: 1 recent passport sized colour photograph. 
Bank Statements: Yes: Original bank statements for the past 3 months showing your name and address, and a maintained credit card balance of at least £250.
Department Letter: Confirming student status, attendance, fees and intention to return to Queen's following your visit to Ireland. 
Evidence of Return Tickets: Yes 
Evidence of Hotel Booking: Yes: Confirmation of accommodation, including address and exact dates of your stay.
Travel/Medical Insurance: Yes: Minimum of €30,000, covering emergency medical treatment, hospital treatment, urgent ambulance transportation, repatriation back to your home country/UK if required for medical reasons.
 Visa Fee: €60 (£52, subject to exchange rates) for a Single Entry Visa€100 (£86, subject to exchange rates) for a Multiple-Entry Visa€25 (£22, subject to exchange rates) for a Transit Visa.
 Payment Method: Banker's Draft or Postal Order only, made payable to the Embassy of Ireland. You may be able to pay online, the summary application form created by the online facility will tell you if you are required to pay online. 
Comments: In addition to the original documents, you should also bring a photocopy of all documents requested (including the application form).If you are visiting family or friends who live in the Republic of Ireland, you will require an official Letter of Invitation from your host, undertaking to provide you with accommodation during your stay. You will also require a copy of their passport, and a copy of their Irish Visa or Residence Permit if they are not EU/EEA nationals. You may also be required to provide evidence of how you know or are related to your host.For any other FAQs, please visit the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service or International Student Support's Republic of Ireland Travel FAQs.

Visas & Immigration

V&I Webpage

International Student Support

ISS Webpage