Transit Visas

Do I need a transit visa to travel through Ireland on my way to another country ?

If you are travelling through Ireland to land in Italy, for example, you should check if you require a visa ie a transit visa.

This is because even though you are on a connecting flight you may need to go landside, for example, between airport terminals and therefore you’re required to have permission to enter the state.

Transit Visas

This is because even though you are on a connecting flight you may need to go landside, for example, between airport terminals and therefore you’re required to have permission to enter the state.

Countries nationals that need a transit visa are :

  • Albania
  • Afghanistan
  • Cuba
  • Democratic republic of Congo
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Georgia
  • Ghana
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Lebanon
  • Moldova
  • Nigeria
  • Somalia
  • Sri lanka
  • Ukraine
  • Zimbabwe

You may not need a transit visa if you are travelling from Ethiopia, are an Ethiopian citizen, and travelling to the USA or Canada. You must have legal permission documents permitting you entry into the USA/Canada.

Immigration Lawyer

If you have questions about visas, you can speak with an immigration lawyer on (01) 546 1121 or  (052) 612 1999.

How Do I Apply ?

You will need your biometric information and can apply up to 3 months before arriving in Ireland.

You must supply original documents as part of the application.  

You will need 2 coloured photographs not more than 6 months old.

Also, you will need current passport and any previous passports plus the visa for country you are travelling to.

A letter detailing your travel plans, family members in Ireland or another EU state.

Also provide your travel itinerary documents.

Visas Division
Immigration Service Delivery 
6 – 7 Hanover Street
Dublin 2
D02 W320


If you wish to contact an immigration solicitor with queries about employment permits you can contact us on 052 61 21999 or 01 546 1121.


Please be advised that the above-mentioned material is intended as an overview and as a broad out-line of the topic discussed. It should not be considered as complete and comprehensive legal advice, nor act as an appropriate substitute. Due care has been taken in the publication of this article and we do not accept legal liability as a result of reliance on any material covered in the above article.

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