• Only applications received by REGISTERED POST will be processed from Monday 17th November 2014 onwards (regular or same day post will not be accepted).
  • As of Wednesday 12th November, 2014, the Dropbox facility will be unavailable until further notice.


Re-Entry Visas

If you are a visa required national residing in Ireland with a valid permission to remain, you will need a re-entry visa to return to the State if you leave for a short period.

You may apply by:

  • registered post
  • in person


A re-entry visa is necessary for travel purposes only.  If you are not travelling, you are not required to have a re-entry visa.

You are free to leave the State without a re-entry visa. However, in that case, in order to return to Ireland, you must make a new application in your country of origin for an entry visa. The time frame for such an application may be up to 8 weeks.  As such, it is strongly advised that you obtain a re-entry visa before you leave Ireland.

A separate re-entry visa is required for every child therefore a separate application form must be completed for each child. This applies even where the child is included on your passport.  In the interest of child safety and in compliance with International travel guidelines, we recommend that every child has it’s own passport.

Once a child reaches 16 years of age, they are required to register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) and obtain a GNIB Registration card in their own name before any further re-entry visa’s can be issued to them.

If you are applying for a re-entry visa because your previous passport has expired, please include your previous passport in your application.
PLEASE NOTE:  You are advised NOT to purchase travel tickets before your re-entry visa has been issued.


Please submit the completed re-entry visa application form, along with all the required documentation, the appropriate fee and a recent Irish passport sized colour photograph with a white background by REGISTERED POST to:

Re-Entry Visa Processing Office
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS)
Department of Justice & Equality
13-14 Burgh Quay
Dublin 2

Your application will be processed, where possible, within 10 working days (on receipt of all required documents) and returned to you by registered post.  However, this timeline may increase at peak processing times throughout the year such as Christmas and holiday periods.  Please check current processing times for information about what date we are currently working on.

Please allow up to 2 postal working days for an application to be received in  the Re-Entry Office from when you posted it and, likewise, for your application to be returned to you by registered post from the date it is processed.

All documentation will be returned to you by registered post.  Please ensure your address on the application form is complete and clearly legible.


You can make your application in person at the INIS offices:

Re-Entry Visa Processing Office
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS)
Department of Justice & Equality
13-14 Burgh Quay
Dublin 2

It is not possible to make an appointment in advance of attending the office.

Due to the high volume of applications dealt with by the Re-entry Visa Office, seeing a visa officer is by ticket only.  A limited number of tickets are given out each day and therefore, we would advise members of the public to attend early to avoid disappointment.

PLEASE NOTE:  At busy periods of the year (such as Christmas and holiday periods) the volume of people attending the office may exceed the number of people to whom we can offer a same-day service.


  • All photographs supplied with applications should be recent Irish passport sized colour photographs with a white background
  • They should be no more than 6 months old and printed on photographic paper
  • They should be sharp and clear
  • The face and hair must be clearly visible
  • Sunglasses are not acceptable.  If glasses are worn, they should be of clear glass so that the eyes are visible
  • PLEASE Print your name clearly on the back of all photographs submitted


A single journey visa costs €60.00 and will be valid for one entry to the State up to a maximum of 90 days from the date of issue.

A multi journey visa costs €100.00 and will be valid for multiple entries to the State up to a maximum of 5 years from the date of issue.

In both cases, the term of the visa is dependent of a number of factors which may include (but are not limited to) your reason for  travel, the expiry date of your GNIB registration card or the expiry date of your passport.

In the event of excess payments for fees on postal orders/bank drafts:

  • The Re-entry Visa office does not refund any excess payment up to €5.00 over the visa fee i.e. if up to €65.00 (for a single entry visa) or up to €105.00 (for a multi entry visa) is presented, the payment will be accepted without a refund.
  • Where the excess payment presented is larger than €5.00 over the visa fee, the Re-entry visa office will NOT accept the postal order/bank draft as payment and the applicant MUST change the postal order/bank draft to the correct amount (as set out above) before a visa can be processed.

In order to waive the fee based on being a Spouse of an Irish national, your permission to reside in the State MUST be based on your Spouse and their Irish Nationality.  Then, on the provision of the Original Government/State/Civil Marriage Certificate along with the Original Irish passport of your Spouse, your visa may be issued.

Further Fee information is available on the reverse of the Re-entry Visa Application Form.

INIS Opening hours

8.30am to 2.30pm – Monday to Friday (excluding Public Holidays)

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