The Minister for Justice, Heather Humphreys TD, has today announced the immediate 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. From 16 June 2021 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
• Paraguay
• South Africa
• Uruguay
Nationals of the countries listed below required a visa to travel to Ireland prior to the signing of the visa order in January and it remains the position that they require an entry visa in advance of travelling to the State. However, the requirement for those nationals to have a transit visa has now been removed:
• Colombia
• Ecuador
• Peru
• Suriname
The Irish Government continues to advise against all non-essential travel. Where travellers do enter the State, they must continue to comply fully with the public health measures required by law. Government guidelines on travelling to Ireland during COVID-19 can be found here: – Travelling to Ireland during the COVID-19 pandemic (

In parallel to these changes, Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail, Damien English TD, has announced
the following changes to the employment permit system for non-EEA workers:
• Healthcare Assistants will be eligible for Employment Permits
• Dieticians will qualify for a Critical Skills Employment Permit
• Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, and Speech and Language Therapists will be eligible for
an Employment Permit
These will address immediate skills and labour shortages in the healthcare and nursing home sectors. Ireland operates a managed employment permit system through occupation lists, namely the critical skills and ineligible occupation lists, which are reviewed twice a year. This is an evidence-based process that takes account of labour market conditions and submissions from sectors and other stakeholders together with contextual factors, including in the current context, COVID-19.
The Critical Skills Occupations List can be found here: Critical Skills Occupations List – DETE (
The Ineligible List of Occupations for Employment Permits can be found here: Ineligible List of Occupations for Employment Permits – DETE (

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