How to apply Irish visa (Republic of Ireland) for Indians!

It does not matter if you are a first time traveler out of your country or a frequent traveller, we all have to go through the tedious job of applying for visa to certain countries (Thanks to our Indian passport!) and wsit to get it approved. Some opt to get assistance from travel agents whereas few like to DIY ;).

So, here are few tips and guides on how to apply for an Irish Tourist visa, if you are planning to travel to Republic of Ireland (South Ireland) for a short stay:

First make a checklist of following supporting documents which are required to be submitted along with your valid passport and fully filled visa application form.

  • Passport: A valid passport with minimum of two empty pages, which has validity for next 6 months.
  • Photograph: The photos submitted along with the application form must be clicked against a white background (size: 45-50mm in height and 35-38mm in width) and must not be more than 6 months old.
  • Cover letter: Addressed to the Irish Consulate/ Visa Officer briefing about the purpose of your visit, duration of your stay in Ireland.
  • Travel and accommodation details: 
  1. Confirmation of the two way flight tickets.
  2. Confirmed hotel booking throughout your stay.
  3. Travel itinerary (Optional)
  • Financial statement: A valid attested copy of your bank statement showing the last three months transactions and adequate balance to support you during your travel. Also, copy of last three years IT returns .
  • Employment details: A letter from your employer regarding your leave of absence, your employment letter (Optional) or memorandum or any another supporting document to show that you are part of an organization.

Once you have all the supporting documents go to the VFS Global Ireland Website (click here) and fill out the online application and print it out.

Next, book an appointment at your nearest VFS office where in you have to submit the signed application form along with the supporting documents and also go through biometric test.

Usually, it takes about 7 working to receive the processed visa. After the submission, a tracking ID is provided via email/ text message through which you can check for updates on Visa status.

Please do note that one must apply for the Irish Visa atleast 15 days prior to the travel dates. Once the Visa is approved for the Short Term travel, the Visa is valid upto 30 days from the date of arrival depending on the type of visa (single or multiple entry).

The fees for Irish visa for single entry is Rs. 4100 and for multiple entry is Rs. 6800. Additional to the visa fees, one will also have to pay service charges of Rs. 1655 while attending for the biometric test/ document submission at the visa application centre.

We hope our short visa application guide is helpful for you guys while planning your trip to Ireland. Do let us know your thoughts on the post on the comment below. Also if you have already been to Ireland please share your tips and thoughts on this topic.


  1. November 4, 2016    

    Very informative; thanks for sharing!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      November 14, 2016    

      Welcome Rashmi

  2. November 5, 2016    

    It probably sounds too complicated to apply for Irish visa. But I was in Ireland some years ago (with visa too) and the country was worth all these formality and application! Don’t worry. It works!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      November 14, 2016    

      Totally agree with you. The entire process is worth it to visit an enchantting place like Ireland.

  3. November 5, 2016    

    How helpful! Thank you for sharing!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 3, 2017    

      Thanks Divya! 🙂

  4. November 10, 2016    

    Thank you for the How-tos, I’ll surely keep this in mind while applying.

    xoxo- Chaicy
    Style.. A Pastiche!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 3, 2017    

      Thank you Chaicy 🙂

  5. November 11, 2016    

    I think it is very thoughtful of you to take the time to put this information together. While I do not need the information personally, the article will be helpful to many. Nice post.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      November 14, 2016    

      Thank you for the love Christine 🙂

  6. November 11, 2016    

    Such a useful and informative article. It’s content like this that truly makes travel more accessible for those around the world. Thanks for sharing.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      November 14, 2016    

      Your welcome Meg 🙂

  7. November 11, 2016    

    Such a process to be able to travel, isn’t it? I wish it were easier but I can understand countries wanting to know who is coming and going. Still though.. ugh.. so much paperwork and work in general.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      November 14, 2016    

      Totally agree with you there Hallie. As a precautionary method it seems like a great method, but the process sometimes does seems tedious.

  8. November 13, 2016    

    Really helpful information regarding the Visa Process.Dint know, that we had to submit prev 3 years IT Return statements.What if I am not in the criteria for filing ITR and the expenses are footed by my parents?

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      November 14, 2016    

      One might have to submit a signed letter from parents stating they are funding the travel. Not really sure if they will have to provide with their IT return statements.

  9. November 14, 2016    

    That is really helpful. I actually have quite a few friends from India who like to travel through Europe. I will send them your post 🙂

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 2, 2017    

      Thanks for the love, Neni!!

  10. November 26, 2016    

    I hate waiting for visas after I have applied. But I do take good care while applying. Ireland doesn’t sound too daunting and fee is reasonable too compared to UK!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 2, 2017    

      Yes the visa process to Ireland is pretty simple.

  11. Abhirath Sharma Abhirath Sharma
    January 5, 2017    

    Hey did you get the BIVS stamped Visa which allowed you to visit UK too or was it just for Ireland?

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 5, 2017    

      The visa was just for Ireland visit.

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