Am I visa exempt under the Ireland Visa waiver program holding a valid UK visa?



Short stay visa waiver program

You may be able to visit Ireland, for less than 90 days, without an Ireland visa if you:

Have an eligible UK short stay visa

Your visit to Ireland ends before your permission to stay in UK ends (this is granted by an UK immigration official when you pass through UK immigration)?

Your passport must have been issued by one of the countries listed below.

Eastern Europe

Middle East


  • Belarus
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Montenegro
  • Russian Federation
  • Serbia
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • Bahrain
  • Kuwait
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • India
  • Kazakhstan
  • Peoples Republic of China
  • Thailand
  • Uzbekistan


How to use the visa waiver program

You must have landed and gained lawful entry to the UK on foot with your current UK visa, prior to undertaking the journey to Ireland.

Each distinct period of leave to remain in the UK (up to a maximum of 180 days each time) requires a prior legal entry into the UK before travel to Ireland under the programme, no matter what the duration of the UK visa.

This programme is not reciprocal. It does not permit a person who is a visa required national under UK immigration rules to enter the UK on foot of an Irish visa. If you wish to enter the UK (including Northern Ireland), you must be in possession of a valid UK visa.




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