Visa waiver for Ukrainian nationals takes immediate effect

As the world looks on in horror at the unlawful invasion of Ukraine by Russia, we welcome today’s official statement by Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee TD, confirming the immediate lifting of visa requirements between Ukraine and Ireland.

All Ukrainians who travel to Ireland from today will no longer need a visa to enter the State. We hope that many Ukrainians can find safe passage to, and refuge in, Ireland at this time, including many Ukrainian family members of people already residing in Ireland.

The Statutory Instrument removing the Irish visa requirement for Ukrainian nationals as an emergency measure takes immediate effect.

Earlier this week, Minister McEntee assured that all visa applications for Ukrainian family members of Irish citizens would be processed “swiftly”. For those Ukrainian nationals who still have existing visa applications pending, they can now travel to Ireland and seek entry to the State without a visa.

Those who travel to Ireland without a visa during this period will have 90 days after arrival to regularise their position. It is of course open to any person arriving to the State to seek asylum here if they have a well-founded fear of being persecuted, or if they cannot return to their country of origin because they are at risk of serious harm.

Our immigration team are happy to advise anyone with questions regarding Ukrainian nationals traveling to Ireland at this time. Please feel free to contact us at

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