The biggest contributors to the economy of the Republic of Ireland, tourism in the country is staggering. Voted as one of the favourite tourist destinations in the world, Ireland with its beaches, castles, and all its greenery has a breathtaking view. With the Ireland tourist visa, you can enter the country to enjoy its beauty.
A type of the short term ‘C’ category, the tourist permit lets individuals enter the Republic of Ireland and take part in tourism-related activities. Even though the permit is available as the single-entry type and multiple-entry type, the multiple-entry permit is issued in limited cases. However, nationals of the EU and a few other visa-exempt nations do not require the permit to enter.
The application for the Ireland tourist visa for Indians is done online. The application submission, however, must be done at one of the Irish Visa Application Centres (VAC) across India. Before starting the application, ensure that you are eligible to apply for the tourist permit. After this, you can proceed to make the application as follows -
To be able to apply for the Ireland tourist visa from India, you must meet the following set of eligibility criteria -
As per the Ireland tourist visa requirements, you must submit the following documents to successfully apply for the permit -
The following are the Ireland tourist visa photo requirements -
The time taken to process the Irish tourist permit depends on the number of entries, the volume of applications at the embassy, as well as on your previous travel history. It can take up to 8 weeks from the date of document submission to get your tourist visa. As a result, it is advised to apply for it well in advance.
The fees for the tourist permit depends on the foreign exchange rates as well as the embassy’s decision. The embassy can update the fees without a prior announcement. Apart from the application fee, there will be biometric charges, as well as additional service charges. As a result, you must check the exact amount before starting the application.
|Single entry Normal||1 month||3 months||5800.0|
|Multiple entry Normal||1 month||3 months||8500.0|
Upon successfully submitting the application at a VAC, the application is then transferred to the Ireland Embassy in New Delhi. Note that even though the application has been made at the VAC, the processing is solely in the hands of the embassy.
After approval, you can collect your passport directly from the VAC, or you can have it delivered to you for an additional charge.
You can check the status of your Irish tourist application by clicking here and entering the reference number and your email address. You can also contact your travel agency to have them track it for you.
Once you have received your passport with the visa, you must keep in mind the following key points to ensure that you have a pleasant journey.
It is not possible to extend the Irish tourist permits in almost all the circumstances. However, in certain extreme circumstances such as sickness of the tourist, or other humanitarian reasons, the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service may grant you an extension. In all other cases, you must leave the country.
Upon expiring your tourist permit, you are not allowed to stay back any longer. The short term categories do not have a permitted stay back period. As a result, you must leave the country on or before the date as stamped in your passport. Staying back after this is considered as an offence and can get you deported.
Being a type of the short term ‘C’ category, there is no medical tests mandatory for the Irish tourist permit. However, you may require it for the long term categories. In either case, it is recommended that you get a certificate stating that you are in good health before travelling to a foreign nation.
It is not possible to convert any of the short term permits into another. You are also not allowed to take part in any work in Ireland, be it paid or unpaid. If you do require to obtain a work permit, you must return back to your home country and the obtain permission to work from the Immigration Service and apply for the work visa.
There is no fixed amount that is required for you to be able to apply for the tourist permit. As per the embassy regulations, you must be able to prove that you have enough funds to cover the entire duration of stay. Moreover, you are also required to have a steady bank account. In case there is a sudden change of funds, you will be asked to provide a letter explaining those.
Since it can take up to 8 weeks to get an approved tourist permit, it is strongly advised that you apply for the permit well in advance considering all the factors. However, you are not allowed to apply more than 3 months prior to the date of intended travel.