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Do you need a passport to go to Ireland from the UK or US?

Are you from the UK or the US and wish to travel to Ireland? You may need to meet various requirements to be allowed into the country.

So, do you need a passport to go to Ireland from the UK or US?

For this question and other related ones, call us at 0333 305 9375 if in the UK or +1 844 290 6312 if in the US. We’re here to give you immediate help and assistance in person, via phone, or online.


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Do You Need a Passport to Go to Ireland from the UK Or US?

You don’t need a passport to go to Ireland from the UK, but you must have one if you’re travelling from the US. Even so, the passport validity for US nationals is open; no minimum requirement for you to enter Ireland. Also, you can use official photo identification if you’re a UK national.

Since Ireland and the UK are members of the Common Travel Area (CTA), British citizens need no passport to travel to Ireland. CTA allows British and Irish citizens to move freely within the area. According to the region’s agreement, the member countries have minimal control for their internal borders. Hence, you can use any valid identity document.

However, some air or sea lines Irish immigration officers may have to check your ID card on arrival. Consequently, they may require you to verify your nationality using a passport, especially if you weren’t born in the UK.  Therefore, it’s advisable to carry your passport if you have one or check in advance if you’ll be allowed into Ireland with a passport.  Also, European Union nationals can use a national identity card or valid passport to enter Ireland.

Do You Need a Visa to Go to Ireland from the UK or US?

No, you don’t need a visa to go to Ireland from the UK or US.

The two countries are part of the Irish Visa Waiver Programme, allowing their nationals to travel to Ireland for up to 3 months without an Irish visa.

However, if you’re a UK visa holder from a country subject to Irish visas, you must obtain one to travel to Ireland.

According to Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs, the UK visa-holders who can benefit from the visa-free movement include nationals from the following countries:

  • India
  • Qatar
  • Oman
  • China
  • Kuwait
  • Turkey
  • Serbia
  • Ukraine
  • Bahrain
  • Belarus
  • Thailand
  • Uzbekistan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Montenegro
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Russian Federation
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

Also, if you’re a Chinese or Indian national with a UK or Ireland visa, you can benefit from British-Irish Visa Scheme.

Hence, you freely travel between the two countries with either of the two visas.

Reach out to us if you wish to learn more about the British-Irish Visa Scheme or the Ireland Visa Waiver Programme.

If you aren’t a citizen of a visa-waived country,  you must obtain a separate Irish visa.

What Are the Ireland Visa Requirements?

You must provide certain travel documents for your Ireland visa application. They include the following:

  • Duly completed Ireland visa application form (from the UK or US Embassy or online).
  • A valid passport.
  • 4 identical passport photos (taken within the past 6 months).
  • Ireland visa fee payment proof.
  • Your travel purpose-stating letter.
  • Your residence legality proof in your application country.
  • Ireland accommodation proof.
  • Your Irish family or friends’ details (if any).
  • Study or employment documents (if applicable).
  • Financial stability proof.
  • Evidence that you’ll return to your residence country; a return ticket or enough funds to purchase one.
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What Should You Know Before Travelling To Ireland?

You need to know several things before travelling to Ireland to stay in the country smoothly.

They  include the following:

  • Ireland accepts Euro currency, while the rest of the UK ( including Northern Ireland) uses Pound Sterling.
  • Most places are closed on the better part of Sundays: plan for just a few or no things on the day.
  • Book it in advance if you need to rent an automatic car, as most cars are manual transmission.
  • You must flag down a bus to stop for you, even when waiting at a bus stop.
  • Carry with you warm clothes (and a few light ones) and an umbrella.
  • You must have a visa if you’re a visa-required country citizen.
  • Plan to visit a few of the 3000 castles in Ireland.
  • You’ll be driving on the left-hand side of the road.
  • You need to carry travel health insurance.
  • Be sure to carry an adapter.

Are you looking to go to Ireland? Our immigration lawyers can help.

How Can IAS Help?

So, do you need a passport to go to Ireland from the UK or US? The two cases are different. You don’t need a passport if you’re a UK citizen, while you must have one if you’re a US national.

However, for UK visa holders, the need for a passport depends on their country of residence. Some countries are part of the Visa Waiver Programme, while others aren’t.

Whether you’re travelling from the UK or US, you need professional guidance concerning the Visa Waiver Programme, and if you aren’t a beneficiary of the plan, how to get an Ireland visa.

Thankfully, our specialist immigration lawyers are here to assist you.

Call us at 0333 305 9375 or +1 844 290 6312 for more information about our services and how we can help with your situation.

We offer immigration advice sessions as face to face appointments at all of our UK offices, or via the phone.

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Frequently Asked Questions

UK or US citizens can stay in Ireland for up to 90 days without a visa. However, the Irish immigration officer determines your exact duration depending on the purpose for which you want to visit Ireland. For that reason, you must have documentation supporting your visit’s purpose to help them determine the time appropriately.

Yes, you can live in Ireland with a UK passport. UK citizens need no visa or work permit to study, work, or live in Ireland. The two countries’ nationalities can live and enjoy visa-free movement between them. However, UK passport holders can only live in Ireland for a period not exceeding 3 months.

Yes, US Green Card holders need a visa to travel to Ireland. However, you can travel to the country without a visa if your home country is under the Visa Waiver Program. The visa exemption runs for a maximum of 3 months, after which you may need a visa.

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