Visa Requirements for Ireland

Instant Visa policy lookup for Ireland

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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.

Visa Not Required

Passport holders of 76 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 117 countries must obtain a visa at their corresponding consulate of Ireland. Additional travel conditions (such as Visas to other countries) may waive this requirement.

Entry Refused

Disagreements between Ireland and 1 country have imposed restrictions in traveling to Ireland.

  • Entry RefusedEntry into the UK from Ireland is not permitted if the South African passport holder does not have a valid UK Visa.
    There are some requirements to fulfil for entry such as evidence of sufficient funds, proof of accommodation and character requirements.
    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.
    Admission refused due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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