Abolition of adult re-entry visas

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) has announced the abolition of the re-entry visa process for visa required nationals.

If you are from a visa required country and have permission to reside in Ireland with a valid Irish residence permit (IRP), you will no longer be required to obtain a re-entry visa to leave and return to Ireland.

This change will take effect from 13th May 2019.

It is expected to benefit 40,000 people annually.

It is a welcome development which brings Ireland in line with other EU Member States. It will eliminate the burdensome administrative application process, the need to surrender ones passport and wait for the issue of a re-entry visa prior to travelling and the re-entry visa fee, all of which many foreign nationals living in Ireland had to endure.

Under the new system, it is sufficient to travel with a passport accompanied by a valid IRP card.

Exceptions to the requirement to hold a re-entry visa

If you are a diplomat or member of staff of an embassy posted to Ireland, you must continue to apply for a re-entry visa following your arrival in the state.

Minors under the age of 16 years of age are not issued with an individual IRP card, so their parent or guardian may apply on their behalf to travel to and from Ireland.

If you are visa required national in the process of applying for an IRP card you will need a multi-entry visa to travel during the first four months of your residence in Ireland.

Travel between now and the 13th of May 2019

If you are a visa required national and need to travel and return to the State before the 13th of May 2019, you must still hold a valid re-entry or multiple entry visa to travel to Ireland.

Minister Flanagan has described this change as the first in “a series of improvements” to immigration customer service over the coming year.

We will continue to update you on the roll-out of these improvements in the Irish immigration system in line with INIS Service Improvement Plan 2018-2020, and this development in particular is to be welcomed.

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