IRELAND – Abolition of Re-entry Visa System Announced
Effective 13 May 2019, visa-required nationals holding a valid Irish Resident Permit (IRP) card or GNIB card will no longer require a re-entry visa to leave and return to Ireland. An IRP or GNIB card and passport will be sufficient to prove a right to travel to Ireland.
- Visa-required nationals under the age of 16 years are not issued with an IRP/GNIB card. Their parents or guardians will be able to apply for a re-entry visa for them, to ensure that they can travel in and out of Ireland while living there.
- Visa-required nationals intending to travel in and out of Ireland during the first months of their planned stay, before their IRP card is issued, should apply for a multiple entry visa before entry.
Interim arrangements have been established, including the following:
- Those who have already submitted an application for a re-entry visa to INIS for re-entry on or after 13 May 2019 will have their application returned unprocessed, and their postal order refunded.
- Those who have already submitted an application for a re-entry visa to INIS for re-entry before 13 May 2019 must make an appointment online to visit the INIS re-entry visa office in Burgh Quay, Dublin, to make an application in person. There will be no fee for the issuance of this re-entry visa.
- Those who have not yet submitted an application but wish to travel and return before 13 May 2019 will have to make an appointment online to visit the INIS re-entry visa office in Burgh Quay, Dublin, to make an application in person.
- Employers who may be affected are encouraged to contact their immigration specialist for case-specific advice.