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Key Points

  • Minister for Justice announced that the government will resume short-term visa processing beginning on Monday, September 13, 2021
  • This change will benefit travelers seeking to arrive and remain in Ireland on a short-term basis for the purpose of business, training, or tourism


On September 9, 2021, Ireland’s Minister for Justice, announced that the country’s embassies would resume processing on short-term visas beginning Monday, September 13, 2021. This change will benefit travelers from countries (i.e., China, India, Pakistan, and the Philippines) that require short-term visas to be obtained in order to enter Ireland. Short-term visas can be used on a short-term basis (up to a maximum of 90 days) for the purposes of business travel, training, or tourism. The decision was made based on the government’s response to the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes easing visa restrictions.

What’s Changed?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic short-stay, visa applications processing had been suspended since March 21, 2020. This change will allow individuals to begin filing for short-term visas after an 18-month suspension.

Looking Ahead

All travels, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to comply fully with Ireland’s COVID-19 measures. This includes providing proof of vaccination, recovery from COVID-19, or a negative PCR test to Immigration Control at their port of entry no more than 72 hours before arrival. For further information visit the Irish Government website. If you are unsure whether you require a visa/preclearance to enter Ireland check here and enter your nationality. When filing for a short-term visa be aware of processing times, the government of Ireland is currently not receiving expedited applications.

Sources: Embassy of Ireland, Great Britain

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