Full information about visas for people entering Ireland is available on the websites of the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform and the Department of Foreign Affairs.
The allocation of a visa may be dependent on authorisation of a work permit. Applications for work permits are processed through the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment:
The ‘’Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service’’ (INIS) within the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, is responsible for processing applications for visas. Application forms are available from INIS, from the Department of Foreign Affairs and from Irish Embassies abroad. There is section on the INIS site with FAQs regarding visas:
Countries who do not require a visa
The document below lists all the countries from where citizens do not require a visa to visit Ireland.
Citizens from abroad need to contact the Embassy of Ireland in their home country, or assigned to their home country. Here is the link to the list of Irish Embassies abroad, posted on the Department of Foreign Affairs website:
Here is the link to information about visas posted on the Department of Foreign Affairs website:
For artistic companies inviting over visiting artists or cultural experts for short stays, it may be appropriate to invite them over under the auspices of a ‘conference visa’. For example, if the guest is due to participate in a meeting event, workshops etc. See below for a link to information on conference visas:
It is the full responsibility of the company or people inviting over guests on this basis to comply with the application rules. For example, they would have to vouch to look after the guests materially. A company inviting an overseas guest requiring a visa would have to send the conference schedule etc to the visa office in INIS (firstname.lastname@example.org ) and normally have to send it to the Irish Embassy in the relevant country, etc. It is essential to contact the relevant Irish Embassy in advance to find out the exact rules and regulations governing the application.
For example, here is the info on conference visas relating to guests from the US (once you activate link, scroll down visa types, to get to conference visa):
There are tight rules for the visitor to comply with as well, such as providing proof of employment in their home country, so as to demonstrate that there is not a likelihood the invited guest will stay beyond the duration of their temporary visa.
If a company is inviting an artist or a cultural expert of some type over to WORK on a show or a residency etc, they may have to apply for a work permit, and set up a proper contractual relationship with the artist(s) they are proposing to employ.
See below for a link to information about work permits on the Department of Foreign Affairs website:
See below for a link to information about work permits, which is on the website of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment
A general website about work permits, which has a section for information about Ireland:
For information about Visas for citizens from Ireland to travel abroad, please contact the embassy of the country of destination. Here is the list of foreign embassies accredited to Ireland:
The most important advice to give enquirers is for them to research their requirements very well, to get specific information relating to the country / countries involved, and to check the citizenship of the invited guest(s) (e.g. a citizen from the US may not need a visa, but someone resident in the US of different citizenship may require a visa to enter Ireland). It is also important to apply in time. There is a surprisingly long lead in time for most visa and work permit applications, and they usually take a long time to process.