Visa Requirements for Ireland
Instant Visa policy lookup for Ireland
Freedom of Travel
Passport holders of 35 countries have freedom of travel to Ireland. This often means there will be no limitation on the duration of stay, and no restrictions on activities such as volunteering, employment, or conducting business.
- Freedom Of MovementFreedom of movement (Common Travel Area). British citizens have many of the same rights and entitlements as Irish citizens
Admission refused temporarily due to new COVID strain (excluding British citizens resident in Northern Ireland)
PRC Test needed not longer than 72 hours old. Quarantine needed on arrival (excluding British citizens resident in Northern Ireland)
Visa Not Required
Passport holders of 69 countries can travel to Ireland without prior visa, eVisa, or on-arrival visa.
Pre-arranged Visa Required
Prior to arrival at Ireland, passport holders of 125 countries must obtain a visa at their corresponding consulate of Ireland. Additional travel conditions (such as Visas to other countries) may waive this requirement.
- Visa RequiredVisa not required if passenger have first entered the United Kingdom with a printed Electronic Visa Waiver Document issued by the United Kingdom They are visa exempt for a maximum stay of 90 days in Ireland or until the end of the period of stay granted in the United Kingdom
- Visa RequiredEntry into Northern Ireland from Ireland is not permitted if the South African passport holder does not have a valid UK Visa.
Visa checks may be carried out if travelling by land between Ireland and Northern Ireland (UK). Further checks are implied when travelling by boat or from Northern Ireland (UK) to mainland UK (Great Britain).
UK direct-airside transit and transit by land visas cannot be used for travel to Ireland by transiting the UK, this is because entry in the first country (either the UK or Ireland) is considered entry to the entire Common Travel Area (UK and Republic of Ireland). Standard Visitor Visa required for the purpose of any transit.
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