Good things come in small packages, and the Emerald Isle is no exception. You'll leave planning your next vacation to Ireland no matter how long you're there.

It's the last thing you need when you arrive. Check if you need a visa before you leave for Ireland.

The Republic of Ireland requires a visa. Entry requirements for Northern Ireland are under the UK guidelines.

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What you need to know about visas in Ireland

You don't need a visa to visit the Republic of Ireland if you're a UK national. EU citizens can use their national identity cards while visiting the UK. Before you book your flights, make sure you have your passport.

The Republic can be visited by citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, and the USA for up to 90 days without a visa. You can find a list of visa-free countries here. Until your return date, your passport is valid.

You can apply for a short stay visa if you need one. The Irish government tells you to apply online three months before you leave. A single-entry visa costs 60, while a multiple-entry visa costs 100. The validity is for 90 days.

A man sits on stone wall talking to another man with a bicycle in a green park in Dublin, Ireland
Citizens of several countries can apply for a “working holiday” visa that lasts up to a year © Davidf / Getty Images

Tourists from outside the UK or the European Economic Area can only stay in Ireland for 90 days. Extensions are only granted in exceptional circumstances and almost never to continue tourist activities. Contact the National Immigration Bureau if you need an extension.

Visitors from the UK and the European Economic Area are not allowed to work in Ireland. For citizens of Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan and the US, a working holiday visa may be an option. You can find full details here.

Signs showing the border of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland
While there’s no border crossing between Ireland and Northern Ireland, those who require them will need separate visas for both countries © Lukassek / Shutterstock

Can I travel to Northern Ireland with an Irish visa?

If you travel between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, you won't need a passport. If you travel to Northern Ireland, you may be asked to show proof of a UK visa if you don't already have one. You will have to go through passport control if you leave from Northern Ireland.

Can I go to Ireland with a UK visa?

You will need to apply for an Irish visa if you want to visit the Republic of Ireland on a UK visa. Some nationalities are allowed to travel to Ireland on a UK visa. If you're eligible, check it out.

The British-Irish Visa scheme allows citizens of China and India to travel between the UK and Ireland without a visa.

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