The Department of Justice has announced the lifting of the temporary entry and transit visa restrictions for nationals of South Africa, Brazil and other South American countries that came into effect on 28 January 2021.

This change is in effect from Wednesday 16 June 2021 and means passport holders of the following countries can now travel to Ireland without applying for an entry or transit visa in advance of departure:

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Guyana
  • Paragua
  • South Africa
  • Uruguay

Please note, passport holders of the above mentioned countries, are still required to meet the entry conditions, attached to the particular purpose of stay in Ireland.

People who do not satisfy the conditions of entry or people who have previously been unlawfully present in the State, or have otherwise failed to comply with Irish immigration requirements, run the risk of being refused entry to the State at the border.

The conditions of entry may include a requirement to have obtained a pre-clearance for certain purposes of stay. You can check here to see if you require a pre-clearance which must be obtained before travelling to Ireland.

Passport holders of the countries listed below required a visa to travel to Ireland prior to the signing of the visa order in January. While this remains in place, the requirement for those nationals to have a transit visa has now been removed:

  • Colombia (transit visa no longer required – this country was already subject to an entry visa requirement and this requirement remains in place)
  • Ecuador (transit visa no longer required – this country was already subject to an entry visa requirement and this requirement remains in place)
  • Peru (transit visa no longer required – this country was already subject to an entry visa requirement and this requirement remains in place)
  • Suriname (transit visa no longer required – this country was already subject to an entry visa requirement and this requirement remains in place)

For clarification if you require a visa or preclearance to enter Ireland, please enter your information here: http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/check-irish-visa

Please note, that some passengers arriving into Ireland will be required to book, pay and stay in a designed quarantine facility. More information on this can be found here: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/a6975-mandatory-hotel-quarantine/