• On the 26 January 2021, the Irish Government have introduced Visa requirements for South African passport holders and some South American countries including Brazil. Not all details have been made available for the South American countries at this time.
  • From the 28th of January 2021, all South Africans passport holders will require a valid visa/transit visa (as appropriate) to travel to Ireland. This is regardless of where they reside, origin of travel, or their purpose of their travel to Ireland.  
    • Non-emergency/non-Priority Applications for Long Stay visas will be accepted but no decisions will be granted until at least 5 March 2021 and please note this date may be extended depending on the restrictions in place in Ireland at that time.  
    • Only emergency Visas will be granted( once the embassy is able to issues Visas). A definition of emergency Visa has not been outlined at this time.
    • South Africa passport holders who hold employment permits but who do not yet have a Valid IRP/Registration card will need to apply for a visa to travel to Ireland. 
    • Visa applicants are exempt currently from Visa fees.
    • Any current travellers who are currently travelling, will be granted entry to the state at the discretion of Immigration Officers. However they will be required to be fully in compliance with COVID 19 measures.
    • All these measures are subject to change at short notice.
  • Applications for visas can be made on www.inis.gov.ie