Ireland visa application for South Africans

Ireland has long been a very popular destination for South African travellers. It’s got a lot to offer in terms of attractions from the many museums, churches and it’s famous Guinness Beer to it’s wide, open countryside and rugged coastline. But with more and more countries requiring South Africans to apply for visas to visit, it’s making travellers a little more wary about visiting the Emerald Isle. Here’s some info which should help:

Do I need a visa to visit Ireland?

As the holder of a permanent South African Passport, you don’t need a visa to enter the Republic of Ireland – that’s the part independent of the United Kingdom sometimes called “Ireland Proper” or “Southern Ireland”. You will just need:

  • A South African passport valid for at least 6 months from your date of return to South Africa (no temporary passports)
  • At least 3 blank pages in your passport
  • Sufficient funds for the duration of your stay (Ireland does not stipulate how much, but other EU countries say about R400 per person per day) – the immigration official may ask to see proof of sufficient funds in the form of foreign currency or credit card statement, though it is very rare that they ask for this.

What about Northern Ireland?

Northern Ireland is still part of the United Kingdom, meaning you need a UK Visa to enter that part of the island of Ireland. So be careful about flying into airports like Londonderry-Eglinton (Derry) or Belfast as these are in the United Kingdom. If you’re driving around Ireland and enter Northern Ireland, technically you will need a visa to do so. There are no border checkpoints on roads between the Republic Of Ireland and Northern Ireland but if you are stopped by police or immigration officials anywhere in Northern Ireland and are found not to hold a valid UK visa, you can be deported and may be denied future entry to the UK.

Flying via the United Kingdom

If you’re flying to Ireland and are transiting through the United Kingdom, as in flying via London, Manchester, Edinburgh etc to Dublin or any other airport in Ireland, you will need a transit visa for the UK. The UK only allows visa-free transit if you’re travelling to and are holding a visa for the USA, Canada, New Zealand or Australia.

Flying via other cities to Ireland

If you’re flying on a South African passport via any Schengen country, are not leaving the airport transit area there (also not changing airports) and are not staying longer than 24 hours in the airport, you’ll be fine to fly on that route, visa-free. Many of the middle-eastern airlines like Etihad Airways, Emirates and Turkish Airlines also fly to Dublin and on those routes, providing you’ll abide by the same rules as with the Schengen countries, you’ll be fine to fly visa-free on these routes too.

Cheap flights to Ireland

Travelstart allows you to compare all airlines on a single page to book the cheapest tickets to Ireland. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, compare and book the most affordable Irish hotels on our site, we feature multiple establishments in many locations. For the best visa-free routes to fly, we suggest flying into Dublin, from there you can hire a car to explore the lush green countryside.

Our Readers Comments

  1. Thank you very much for your newsletter ! But a have one question , if you can tell me the conditions to visit Irland for south africa black passport for the permanent residents !
    Thank you and have a good day and always wish you a parfaite work !

    • Hi Limbila! I’m not 100% sure what you mean by a “black passport”. What nationality is the passport you have?

    • I would like to visit Ireland, i got a blue passport not the black one means the document for travel purposes( south africa ), do i need a visa?

    • hi i,m a permanent resident in south africa ,I have a black travel document do I need a visa to visit ireland/dublin?

    • i,m a permanent resident in south africa,I have a black travel document do I need a visa to visit ireland/dublin?

    • Hi if you have a black south african passport it means that its a travel document and not a passport…ireland doesn’t recognise this document as a valid permanent passport unfortunately. .you will need to wait to become a citizen and then apply for a green south african passport then u can travel without a visa.
      hope this helps

  2. hi i hope you are fine i like go irland i am southafriacn cityzen do u have a group go to in dec time pls infom me

    • Hi Ama, if you’d like to make a booking to travel to Ireland, you can visit http://www.travelstart.co.za or contact us on 0861 878 278 (option 5)

  3. Could you also tell me si there is a cheap hotel for R300 per night in Ireland ( dublin ).

    • Hi there!

      The price will depend on when during the year you want to travel – week nights are also often cheaper than weekends. You can search for hotels here: http://hotels.travelstart.co.za/

      Please note that the prices are per room per night (usually 2 people max).

  4. Hi Nick please can u pls tell me all the what are the document required for me to travel to ireland , am permanent resident in a S.A with a travel document pls seem like you can help , ill b greatful if you can do via my mail …

    Thank.

    • Hello, I just want if it is possible to get a job as a spa therapist in Ireland, thank you for your help and also if you can connect me with the agents

    • Hi Nyembesi,

      If you have a European passport it would be possible to work in Ireland as a Spa Therapist.

      If you are a South African passport holder and want to work in Ireland you will need to find a company that will sponsor your and assist with all the documents required in applying for a work permit for Ireland.

      For this you need to contact the Embassy or official visa handling agency who would be able to assist with any queries you might have and what documents are required.

    • Thank you Marcelle Fenix for your respond, the thing is I have a Zimbabwean passport but I studied in South Africa and I am working in South Africa.So do I have to go to my country and visit the Ireland embass?Thanks in advance for your help

    • Hi Nyembesi,

      For this you will need to contact the Embassy direct. They will be able to advise accordingly if you can apply here in South African or if you need to go back to your home country and apply.

  5. Hi Peter,

    this will depend on the passport you hold. For South African passport-holders, provided that they are not travelling via the UK, do not require a visa to enter Ireland.

  6. Hi Nick, I am a British passport holder, my 2 kids have South African passports. We r flying into Dublin to then drive to N.ireland to visit family. I know technically they need visa’s for travel into the UK, just trying to see if we would get questioned on arrival in Dublin about where we are going to be travelling to…. can u give me any advice?
    Thanks 🙂

  7. Hi there, My wife has a british passport and is flying to into Dublin via Dubai with my 2 kids who are 5years old and 1 year old. They are then going up to northern Ireland to vist my wife’s folks. Trick is my kids are on South African Passports, do we really need to get Visa’s for them?

  8. We are living in Wexford Ireland since 2002. we want to travel next week to county armah for a few days for sight seeing. do we need a visa? we still have South African passports.

    • Hi Maria I want to know what can I do if I want to stay in Dublin I’m from South Africa but I’ve been saving money to go to Dublin Ireland with my kids but I don’t know what to do when I get there because I don’t want to come back here, I don’t feel safe now in this country honestly especially when you have kids eishhh please doll let me know what to do, im planning to leave before December 2015 thanks

    • Hi Lisa,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Should you wish to move to Ireland you will need a work permit. You will need to have a secure job in Ireland and this company will need to assist you obtaining your work visa.

      Unfortunately South African passport holders are not able to live in Ireland without the correct documentation. Immigration official will need to see these documents upon arrival before allowing you to enter into the country.

  9. uhmm hi nick what happens if i want to reside in ireland,i possess a valid South African passport.Im currently in south africa

  10. Hi,you are doing a great job!my question,if someone had
    travel to ireland before and refuse entry due to one reason or another,as a south african can he still travel back to ireland?

  11. Hi Nick,
    What is the requirement for an Irish Visa for a kenyan passport holding SA 5 year business permit?

  12. I want my boyfriend to meet me in Dublin since he will struggle to get a visa for UK. He is black South African and will have a passport.

    Is he likely to experience any problems on arrival?

    Also do you know if he can travel through Frankfurt without a visa?

    Thank you 🙂

  13. That should have been travel Via Frankfurt. He wont actually be leaving the airport.

    Thank you

  14. I live in London and have an ancestral visa. My passport is due to expire and I have to travel to Northern Ireland. The SA website states 4 month turn around for passport renewal. Can I use a photo ID to travel to Belfast ?

    • I am a Malawian but I have a south African permanent residents and I need study permit at Ireland, what requirements do their needs?

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid we do not specialize in this area for study and work visa. For this you would need to contact the Irish Embassy direct. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

  15. My brother from Johannesburg has a valid South African passport.He will be staying with me for a couple of months in Cornwall next June.We would like to visit Southern Ireland using the ferry Swansea to Cork staying for 5 days,seeing the Dingle peninsula etc,what other documents would he require if any?
    Thanking you,
    Thora Angell

  16. Hi Nick,
    IM irish my girlfriend is from south africa,
    we are in ireland at the minute, and her visa is a 90 day visa,

    is there a way of us extending her visa, or how can we go about having her stay here longer?

    we would like to be able to travel between SA and ireland un the future and not have restrictions on time while here in ireland, can you give me any insight into this?

    thanks

    Dean

  17. hi sir i’m about to travel to ireland in the next few days but i worry that i may not satisfy the immigration officers though i enough money on to sustain my stay there is the anything i should worry about or do you think i’ll be alright?? thanks please reply via my e-mail

  18. Hi there, i hold a nigerian passport but a south african work permitt. I’d like to travel to dublin, do i need an ireland visa? Thanks

  19. hi i am israr from pakistan so i am coming to malayshia i likes him all eourp pls contact my nomber 00923063338129

  20. hi my name is louis im from South Africa,i came to ireland on a temporary visitors visa for 90days.i extended the stay for multiple reasons.Can i apply for a Irish visa in dublin to get back to South Africa and then back to Ireland?

  21. …..if u want to visit the Republic of Ireland you need to prove to the immigration officer that you have enough funds…..money !! Remember, Ireland is one of the most expensive countries in EUROPE !! South African RANDS is worth very little overhere !!

  22. Hello,
    Complements of the season.

    I’m a South African Passport holder and wish to travel to Dublin Ireland, I would like to know what are the requirements by the immigration officers for Vacation visitors, do I need to have someone residing in Dublin and how much do I need to hold in euro if I’m staying for 1 week.
    Please ur response is highly needed for I’m travelling next week u can mail me ur view.

    Thanks

    • Hi Eugene,

      The Republic of Ireland is a visa free destination for South Africans. As per the Irish Department of Home Affairs you will need to provide a reason for entering and they may request documentation. If you visiting anyone in Ireland then I recommend taking a letter from them with their address and reason you are visiting. Although it is not required a letter from your current employer stating the date they expect you to be returning to work is also a good idea. Regarding sufficient funds there is no established amount but access to +/- R500 per day (excluding accommodation costs) is safe amount. This can be in the form of cash, travellers cheques, credit card etc.

    • am a south african citizen am using south africa passport. and i wish to travel to dublin on my next coming holiday in july, what are the neccessary document am i going to carry along with me when going to dublin as holiday visit, pls reply me as soon as possible

    • Hi Eugine

      Iam South African who is planning to visit Ireland pretty soon , too scared though , how do u find Ireland so far if u managed to go

  23. Hi Nick
    I just quickly want to make sure about our VISA requirements. We are South – African citizens – with SA passports – that plan to go and visit the UK. We wanted to travel as follow (London – Edinburgh – Dublin – Wales). Obviously we need a UK Visa. I just wanted to know if we need any specific visa if we want to fly to Dublin from Edinburg and again from Dublin to Cardiff?
    Or should the UK Visa suffice?
    Thank you,
    Marionne

    • Hi Marionne,

      The UK visa will suffice and should allow for multiple entries into the UK within in the specified time period – South African passport holders do not require a visa for Dublin.
      Sounds like a great trip – Edinburgh is a fantastic city!

    • HI HOW ARE YOU ? I ask you if you can help me that my boyfriend live from usa but he still africa for work .. he want come back usa .. he plan buy ticket airport but it is too high cost flight .. he told me that cost total is 3,350 for fee visa and everything. that true ?

  24. Hi

    I would lie to travel to ireland via uk. i have a south african passport and a bit worried of what might be needed. im actually going to france/brudge and UK (for a history tour) so will be there any problem with me wanting to enter ireland from england side and whats the best advice. will they also allow me to visit my mom’s friend in ireland (will they need a letter of invitation)

    thanks

    p.s traveling to uk 14th April 2013

    • Hi Lerato,

      South African passport holders do not require a visa to enter Ireland – you will require visas for the UK and Europe.

      Just check that your passport is valid for 6 months from the date of return to South Africa and that you have 3 blank pages, additionally you will need to show that you have access to about R400/day for the duration of your stay in Ireland. A letter of invitation from your friend might help, but is not a requirement.

  25. Hi, I would like move with my wife and baby to Ireland and if you can please assist me with some info as to accomplish this.

    Thank you

  26. Hi Nick

    I’m getting married on the 30 March,and would like to visit the Ireland.I hold a SA passport,and my fiance holds a Malawian passport.Will they allow him entry,or what will be the requirement for him to gain entry.

    Please respond by email.
    Thank you

  27. Hi Aaron
    I am South African in possession of a South African passport, valid for a good few years plus many blank pages. I currently live in Germany and have a permanent residence permit for Germany.
    I would like to visit Ireland, flying in with ryanair via London Stanstead in transit to Dublin.
    Is it true that I need a visa for Ireland simply because I will be in transit airside through the UK?
    How much does the visa cost and how long does it take to process?

    Thanks

  28. i am south african pasport holders and my wife is bangladesh passport houlders with south african temporary resident parmit and wish to travel to dublin(Ireland).
    I would like to know what are the requirements by the immigration officers me and wife .
    please your response is highly needed.
    thanks.

  29. Good day.

    I am an South African that is currently in New Zealand. All my life I wanted to go to Ireland because it is the place to be, am I right or am I right? I have applied for a workers visa in New Zealand and it is still waiting approval. What is the terms and conditions if I do not get my work visa and I want to move (immigrate) to Ireland?

    Regards
    Ivann

  30. Hi

    I am a SA citizen and might have to go to Ireland within the next 2 weeks for a workshop for work purposes. I do have a problem as my passport expires within 5 months. Seeing that they don’t accept temporary passports, would they accept emergency travel documents as a suitable travel document or is there anything else I can do?

    Regards
    Kobus

  31. i am a nigerian and have a permanent residential status in south africa i.e. am a permanent residency holder with a south african identity book.do i need a visa to enter ireland form south africa.would i be allowed to enter ireland and apply locally for student visa.i intend pursuing my masters and i have already gotten the admission

  32. Hi,
    visiting Ireland in June this year with my family.
    My son will be 16 at the time with a valid passport.
    Do we naad an unabridged birth certificate for him?

  33. I’m a South African Passport holder and wish to travel to Dublin Ireland, I would like to know what are the requirements by the immigration officers for Vacation visitors, do I need to have someone residing in Dublin and how much do I need to hold in euro if I’m staying for 1 week.
    Please ur response is highly needed for I’m travelling next week u can mail me ur view I live in china for sometime that means I have chinese visa in my passport

  34. Hi there,
    I am a permenant resident in south africa and i am holding a travel document for 5 years, do i need a visa to go to ireland(Dublin)

  35. Hi Guys

    I am a South-African passport holder who will be studying in Ireland from September for the next 4 years. I have a few friends in the UK and just wanted to know whether I could apply for entry from Ireland if and when I want to visit someone

    Jack

  36. Hi, My name is Rugambi I would like to visit Irish but I do have a South Africa Traveling Document/Refugee Passport, Do I need a visa to visit Irish? Thank you.

    • Please leave your comment…hi my name is ahmed iwould like to visit irish but i do have south africa travel document refugee passbort do i need a visa to visit irelan ?

    • Hi Ahmed,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the visa requirements as I am not sure what passport you hold and we specialise in South African travelers holding SA passports.

      You will need to contact the Embassy direct and they will be able to assist and answer any queries you might have.

  37. Hi Nick/Aaron

    I need your help i want to travel with my friends kids for a holiday just for weekend in Dublin we have S.A passport but my problem is that they are still under age like they are 11 and 13 so do i need the outarisetion letter from the parents or i can just go with them just like that,but one parent is deseased so they are staying with their grandma at this moment.can you reply me on my email plse

  38. Hi there

    Im wanting to find out, are South Africans able to work and live in Ireland?

  39. Hi I’m wondering if u could help me I want to visits friends in Dublin Hollyhead I live in uk on an ancestral visa do I need a visa to fly to Dublin ?

  40. Hi

    Hope u can help me, im south african passport holder, i was deported from Ireland in March 2013, am I banned to enter Europe at all?
    I have the attestation de acceuil to visit a friend in Landes, France.
    Pls advice me

  41. Hi can u travel to France, if u were deported from Ireland in March?

  42. Hey, my girlfriend is South African, and is coming to ireland to visit me…we want her to be able to stay for around 8 months. is this even possible?if so, will she be able to work or study?
    Thank you

  43. Hi There

    I am not a graduate but would like to work in Ireland I’m a South African.

    I do have sufficient funds to look after myself for the first 6 months of arrival in Ireland

  44. My two gets travelled from cpt to dubai and was suppose to travel to dublin for a 3 months holiday. they were in possession of a valid passport and sufficient money already converted to euros. after having received their boarding pass they were refused permission to travel to dublin. they were advised that they do not meet the “profile”. please advise.

  45. Im south african passport holder n i want to visit ireland n i want to about accomodation.

  46. Am so happy to be on this site, I hope soon will like to take my kids on holiday in Dublin, @ least 2week! they are South African citizen but am a Nigerian lady. Regards

  47. i have is expireans 5years in dubai

  48. Hi is it possible as a South African to simply travel to the Republic of Ireland and stay and work as long as they please ? provided they will find work immediately or have already secured a job

  49. I am a Zimbabwean living in south African on a Temporary residence permit and wish to travel to Dublin(Ireland).I would like to know what are the requirements by the immigration officers.please your response is highly needed.
    thanks.

    • @Barbra, It does not matter what permit you hold, the only factor here is what PASSPORT you hold! If you have a Zimbabwean passport you will need to apply for a Visa which is valid for 3 Months only, you will need to prove you have access to sufficient funds to finance your total visit period and must register with the GARDA IMMIGRATION on arrival (Cost €150 = ZAR1972) Your Passport must also be valid for 6 Months AFTER your due departure date on your Visa.

  50. Hi nick
    I am a South African citizen. I have a long distant relationship of about 1yr with my girlfriend who lives in Belfast Northern Ireland. Because of the stringent UK visa requirements it is very difficult for me to get in to work and live there so we can be together, God willing. We were thinking of an option of me moving to Dublin, but I would like to know if the working visa is as difficult to get as for the UK?

    regards
    wesley

    • @Wesley, If you hold an SA Passport there is no problem in moving and working in Dublin. Or even a town nearer to the Border, for example Dundalk. But the border is not marked by any line across the road or checkpoint, and if you cross the Border without a Valid Visa, even accidently, you may be picked up as an Illegal Immigrant, Held in a compound sometimes for Weeks, eventually brought to a Court and then Deported! Please Note that any record of a deportation from any country may prevent future travel plans to ANY Country!

  51. Thank you for such an informative newsletter. You are always my first port of call for any visa enquiries. Keep up the good work.

  52. I am an Irish Born National who has worked with South Africans that wished to fly to Ireland over past Years.
    Ireland and South Africa has what is known as a “Common travel Policy”. This is for those who hold either a S.A. or Irish passport ONLY! NO VISA is needed for passport holders of these 2 Countries to travel back and forth to either, BUT, to become resident in the other country, It is Recommended, but not necessary that they register with the Immigration Board in that Country.

    • Hi, Im looking to relocate to Ireland, if anyone has any info for me that would be fantastic, I’m a south African and my 3 sons are British.

  53. hi there im wanting to live and work in Ireland as soon as possible with my girlfriend who has Irish citizenship, i am currently a tattoo artist and was wondering how i can apply for a working visa. thank you

  54. Hi Nick. I am a south african and would like to move to south ireland as I am not getting an job here I would like to find out if it is possible for me to go to ireland as a tourist and get work for few years and come back after few years. Is it possible or not and I don’t have any family in ireland.

  55. hi,im a non Eu and i dont have a visa my child is born in ireland will

  56. I hould south africa pasport also schang visa can vist irland

  57. do need invitation letter to dublin ireland?

  58. i am a Congolese staying in south Africa what do i need to travel to Dublin Ireland, i have a temporary permit

  59. Hi

    Can i enter republic of Ireland on a south African passport on a one way ticket

    • hi
      i was denied student visa in 2009 to study in Bristol UK because i did not have enough money,now i had been admitted in a college in Dublin, Ireland i had paid the tuition fees i am going there by January 2014. will i have problems with immigration officials at airport as i am going to do apply for student visa when i get there.note i am a Botswana citizen and currently reside in Gaborone

  60. hi how are you? I am from Bangladesh, but long time I stay here I south Africa,i want visit Ireland, but I dnt have sa passport, how can I go Ireland?

  61. hi i wish to go and work in ireland,i’m a S.A,jst want to knw the documentation requirements. Thank u

  62. Hi there

    I’m Emmanuel, I live in south africa but with a Nigerian passport but having a working permit on my Valid passport. But I will like to visit my brother in Cork,Ireland next year. Please what are the requirement needed to apply for visit and where (Address) to apply for the Visa in south africa. Please reply via email lilybrian101@yahoo.com. Hope to read from u

  63. am a kenyan living in exile in south africa with south africa travel document not a passport,am i suppose to have a visa to enter ireland?

  64. Hello i have malawian passport but i reside in Lome Togo,please kindly let me know what it willl take me to visit dublin.I will like to know if i can bord from here to dublin or i fly from my country malawi..Contant me tru dis email smithcokerdiesel@gmail.com or call +22899882358

  65. Is it possible to get a day pass or a day visa in Dublin for Londonderry/Derry if we are travelling with a tour group? We will be in Derry for only 24 hours before leaving again for Southern Island?

  66. Dear Nick.

    I have a South African passport and i want to visit Ireland. Do you know which airports can i use if I dont have a visa..

  67. Hi Nick
    I am a South african citizen. I have been offered an aupair job in Ireland, and will start work the day I land. Accomodation and food will be paid for an I will be earning a weekly wage. Would I still need to show that I have money to support myself before entering Ireland. And if I plan to stay for more than 3 months, can I apply for a visa from ireland? Or do I have to come back home?

  68. Hi Nick

    My husband & i plan on going to Ireland to live permanently. If he has a job in Ireland already, what is the process for us to live in Ireland.

    please respond urgently as we need some direction before moving.

    thanks
    Catherine

  69. Hi Nick
    I was born South African but am an irish citizen through marriage and am living in London. I have tried to get my niece,23 yrs who is dependent on me to come live with me in the uk but the application has been turned down. Can my niece come to live in Ireland as my dependent? Even tho I live in the Uk. My in laws live in Ireland.

    Thanks

  70. Hi nick, am south African n i want to visit Ireland but i like to visit Philippine before. I will spend 3 days in Philippine. Can i fly from manila to Dublin on free visa

  71. hi
    i am a south african and want to visit Ireland and my question is, can i apply for a visa to the UK while i am in Ireland?

  72. Hie nick,am zimbabwean married 2 a south african man,we wud love 2 travel 2 ireland 4 our honey moon.do i nid visa?

    • Go back to Zimbabwe please

  73. To who it may corcern I am writing on my wife behalf she is a south africa citizen , she would like to visit ireland but she never been there before what does she need to have with her? She would to go there with a two years baby boy. Please email us or call us on 0730092943 we are in cape town

  74. I am a south African citizen and I want too go Ireland
    So what shuod I do

  75. Hi, I got a south african workpermit.so I want to go Ireland so what should I do ?

    THANKS.

  76. Hi…I’m a south africain citizen I want to visit congo first and go to dublin from kinshasa,can I still travel visa free from there or what are the conditions???? Thx

  77. im south african passport holder, living in dubai, i want to vist ireland do i need visa for ireland.

    • u don’t need visa to enter republic of ireland,as far u are a citizen of south africa,all what u have to do is that,make sure u can support ur self with money.

  78. Hi.
    Kindly would like some information on going to ireland for a visit for about a month, and if I am rejected on arrival visa. So what do I do at that time. Although I will have the funds and hotel bookings.

  79. Hi I would like to move to Ireland. How do I go by it?

  80. Hello there,

    If I would like to relocate to Ireland what steps do I need to take.

    Thank you,

    Zoe

  81. I want to come to ireland like right now to study computer. Engineering or information technology. Please help me soon as you can.

    Thank you.

  82. I would like to work to Ireland but i am still looking a job,if anyone hear about job in Ireland contact me and i am going to give u money amount of $3000….thats my number 0027610964514. blessingsmussa@hotmail.com

  83. hi there.
    i am a south african citizen. my wife and i want to permanently move to ireland… we have a 7 year old son. i want to know how hard it will be to adapt and what we need to move there and make a success of it… we are really desperate coz of the crime in our country and also whats going on in our justice department and also the corruption! the future looks very bleak for us and our children! please help us?!

  84. I am a malawian passport holder and want to go ireland for job how can I go there?

  85. Good Day,

    As a South African one does not need a visa for up to 3 months to visit Ireland. Are you allowed to come to Ireland for a work interview on this visa condition?

    Regards

    • Hello Wouter, it would be best to contact a company who deals with Visas on a daily basis so to get the correct information, especially when it comes to going there for an interview. A reputable Visa company, Visa Express is one of those companies we recommend. You can contact them here: http://visaexpress.co.za/

      Hope this helps

  86. Hi
    Im wale(19) and my twin brother Nairlay we want to go to the Northen Ireland for employment we just matriculated last year (2013) and we both hav drivers licences. We want to stay there mayb about 2yrs. Can we go?

  87. Hi there I’m a South African and I’ve been living in Eire for 13 years! I have a young brother who wants to come over to me but options with getting work permits are to say the least ‘daunting’ he’s just finished studying a degree in SA, is there any advice on getting him to study here with the possibility of working part time!? Please can u help? I’ve been looking online but just can’t seem to find anything!? I appreciate ur help, thank you, Jan

    • I am Lesotho by nationality , do i need visa to travel to Ireland? And what are the require documents

      Thanks

    • Hi Nzube,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the visa requirements for Lesotho passport holders as we specialise in South African travellers.

      You will need to contact the Embassy or official visa handling agency direct. They should be able to answer any queries you might have.

  88. Hi, I am a South African citizen and I am very interested in doing care work in Ireland early next year. I have researched regarding an ancesral visa to the UK but I am unable to get one. What would be the process of me being able to work in the Ireland as I beleive it is possible to get a working visa? What is the procedure and the requirements for such? Please advise as I am so confused about the documentation and so forth. Thanks in advance

  89. Hi, am South African and recently visisted Dublin for atleast 7 days and would like to go back sometime next year and maybe visit the UK for a day or two. What other countries can i visit for a day or two while i am visiting Dublin.Preferably places that i can travel by train or bus and if a visa is required please advice on what sites i can visit.

    • Hi Nomonde

      My name is Nthabiseng and am currently staying in Johannersburg . i will like to go to Dublin but i dont have a clue of where to start . Can you please contact me on my email, as i will appreciate your help since u have recently been there . i just need to know few things .
      Email : nthabisengtsoaedi@yahoo.com

  90. Hi im a South African looking for a job at Ireland, Dublin. What document will be needed only got South African passport

  91. good day. im an south African my fiancé is irish and lives in limerick Ireland I have traveled to her a few times and she wishes to travel to me.
    what does she need and how long can she stay by me?

  92. Hi

    My son intends to go for a school trip to Ireland next year in April. He is a permanent south african resident with South african ID but with a Zimbabwean passport. Does he need visa to go there. He was born in Zimbabwe

  93. Hi I have travel document from south africa that mean 5 year passport.i want to travel dublin I just want to know I need visa or free entry? Thank please answer

    • Hi Sunny,

      If you have a valid permanent South African passport, you should be allowed into Ireland visa-free for the purposes of being a tourist. You wouldn’t be allowed to travel to Ireland in order to work or study though. The final decision on whether you are allowed to board a flight lies with the airline and the final decision on whether you’re allowed to enter Ireland lies with the immigration official at the airport.

  94. Thanks nick.. but my travel document showing pakistan nationality but it’s south african passport.wht u say can I still travel on that passport?

    • Hi Sunny, your document sounds like it’s rather unusual, I’ve not ever dealt with one like yours. My suggestion would be to call the Embassy in Pretoria and explain exactly what your document is and get an official response from them as to whether you’d need to apply for a visa to travel: https://www.dfa.ie/embassies/irish-embassies-abroad/sub-saharan-africa/south-africa/

      Just remember that you’d need a visa for the UK if you were travelling via London or another UK city. So try and fly with airlines like Emirates/Etihad/Turkish/Lufthansa/KLM/Air France etc. You’ll find all of those on the “Book Flights” tab at the top of the page.

  95. Hi, i won a trip for two to Ireland on Friday and need to take the trip between February and 21March next year. Me and my mate both have valid SA passports and its valid for some years to come. My question is, we are travelling with BA via Heathrow, will we need visas for UK and why so, paying for a visa if you only passing through a airport, that is a huge waist of money. Hope u can assist me in this regard

    • Hi Liezl,

      thanks for getting in touch. If you’re on a valid SA passport and are travelling via London to Ireland, you will need to be in possession of a valid UK transit visa in order to be allowed to board the plane in South Africa. I know it’s a huge waste of money, unfortunately the UK government requires it.

  96. Hi, I have got a valid South African refugee passport (travel document),I would like to know if I will need a visa to visit Ireland. ? ,thank you.

  97. please help me urgently I want to travel to the uk with my daughter jus to visit. do I need an invitation letter to go there, I hv a friend residing in dublin he will be hosting us. We are south africans holding south african passports. I know its visa free but shld she write us an invitation letter?
    please advise me on this

    • Hi Lebo, I’m not sure I understand you 100% correctly, are you travelling to both the UK and Ireland? For Ireland you could always include that letter for reference in case you’re asked upon entry, though generally you are not.

      For the UK, the Border Agency lists the following documentation if you’re staying with family:

      Documents you must provide
      When you apply you’ll need to provide:

      a current passport or other valid travel identification
      2 passport-sized colour photographs
      enough money to support yourself during your trip, eg bank statements or payslips for the last 6 months
      details of where you plan to stay and your travel plans – you shouldn’t pay for accommodation or travel until you get your visa
      You’ll need to have a blank page in your passport on which to put the visa.

      Family documents
      You must also provide proof of the family member you’re visiting in the UK, including:

      a letter of invitation from them
      evidence of their financial and employment circumstances, eg bank statements or payslips
      evidence of their immigration circumstances in the UK showing they’re permanently settled or have asylum humanitarian status in the UK, eg a valid visa or immigration stamp in their passport
      You must provide the original plus a photocopy of every document you provide.

  98. hi nick is it easy to get a job in Ireland and what sort of requirements do you need as a south Africa to work and stay over there

    • Hi Wesley! Unfortunately I don’t know how easy it is to get a job there, though generally it’s not going to be as simple as simply heading over and getting work. Usually with EU they will favour nationals first, then EU citizens and finally foreigners for jobs. Often companies will need to prove that the person they employ from outside the EU is better than any other candidate within the EU. That being said I believe there are always loopholes and many big companies like Facebook and Google who have offices in Ireland regularly employ South Africans, so it can’t be too difficult.

      Your first step will be to find a job there before you can proceed though.

  99. Hi Nick, I wonder if you have any advice fro me…

    My partner and I would like to work/live in the UK in the next few months. He has a EU Passport and therefore I’m the one who needs a visa. Do you know if it is possible to apply for a work permit once you are in the UK? It is very difficult trying to get a job before applying for the visa and being in South Africa.
    I also heard, not sure if it’s true, but that I may be able to apply for a EEA Family Visa (based on the fact that we have been living together for over 2 years)

    If you have any information regarding visas, that would be great!

    Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Renee, this is a very good question and one I’m afraid I don’t have a lot of experience in answering.

      The UK Embassy does list a lot of complicated legal scenarios you can apply through to get permission to go the UK, none of which I’m comfortable advising definitively on. Though from what I can tell you can travel there as a dependent under a family permit, though there is no mention of permission to work in the UK on this permit. Work permits are usually only given to people who have been offered employment in the UK (if they’re not from the EEA). You can find more information on the visas here: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa/y/south-africa/family

      But, I would highly recommend getting the help of a visa agent to apply, we usually recommend ROSE visas, find your local office here: http://www.roseadmin.co.za/index.php?mod=3&action=show&articleid=81

  100. am a south Africa citizen form cape town ….please i want to go to Dublin for tourism ….please do i need a visa to visit Dublin Ireland and i will just spend 1 week….please if yes what are the requirements?

    • South African passport holders do not need a visa for Dublin or anywhere else in the Republic of Ireland.

    • Hi there, Thanks for reaching out! As the holder of a permanent South African Passport, you don’t need a visa to enter the Republic of Ireland – that’s the part independent of the United Kingdom sometimes called “Ireland Proper” or “Southern Ireland”. You will just need:

      A South African passport valid for at least 6 months from your date of return to South Africa (no temporary passports)
      At least 3 blank pages in your passport
      Sufficient funds for the duration of your stay (Ireland does not stipulate how much, but other EU countries say about R400 – R600 per person per day) – the immigration official may ask to see proof of sufficient funds in the form of foreign currency or credit card statement, though it is very rare that they ask for this.

      I hope the above helps. If you would like a quote on flights you welcome to e-mail one of our Travel Guru’s who will gladly e-mail you a quote within 2 working days. You can contact them at: travelbar@travelstart.com with your exact dates of travel. Or you welcome to visit our site: http://www.travelstart.co.za

      Have a great day!

  101. Hi wat I would love to know is if I do want to i migrate to Ireland wat would be the wise way to do so and would it be wise to make a move to Ireland thanks

    • Hi Yogi, thanks for reaching out. If you are wanting to immigrate to Ireland you would need to do research on the internet or speak to others who have lived there, to see if its a country you could see yourself living in as this is a decision which should not be taken lightly. Also you would need to see if you are entitled to live in Ireland. The following link could be useful: http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/moving_country/moving_to_ireland/ For any visa queries you would need to contact the Embassy or Ireland and they will be able to assist and advise accordingly. Their contact details are as follows: 012 452 1000 Best of Luck!

  102. Hi nick I just would like to know can I go to ireland on single ticket from south africa my husband is a british citizen and holds a british passport. We both currently living in south africa, could you please email me. Thank you

    • Hi Cecilia,

      Thanks for getting in touch! To my knowledge if one is holding a South African passport you would not be able to fly on a one way ticket.

      I would suggest you contact Rose (Republic of Service Excellence) let them know what passport you are holing and where in Ireland you want to fly to on a one way ticket.

      They should be able to advise accordingly.

      Rose contact details are:

      Johannesburg Regional Office

      Tel: 0100015060
      Email: jean@visaservice.co.za
      MainWeb: http://www.visaservice.co.za

      Best of Luck!

  103. RHi Nick,if I buy a return ticket to Ireland,my husband is british,if he gets a job there ,must I come back to SA.What do I do in a case like that,want to stay with him.Regards Cecilia.

    • Hi Cecilia,

      Its best you contact Rose as advised earlier. They are a Visa Agency who specialize in visa’s and should be able to give you the most up to date information and correct procedures to follow.
      Have a great day.
      Best of luck!

  104. Hi all,

    Entry requirements for South Africans traveling to Ireland for the first time have changed!
    I have had this issue twice with relatives traveling from South Africa to Dublin, and specifically on Emirates.
    Emirates airlines for some unknown reason now need to phone Dublin immigration to get clearance for passengers traveling to Dublin for the first time. Travellers also need an invitation letter and passport copy of the person being visited before being allowed to even check in for a flight.
    Wonder how this is going to affect tourism in Ireland.
    No where has these requirements been noted and causes havoc!
    Something needs to be done to communicate this to saffers planning on traveling to Ireland.
    Seems the only way on getting onto a plane is if you are traveling with someone that has actually been in Ireland before. It’s ridiculous.

  105. How long will I be allowed to stay in Ireland upon entry with my South African passport? Please I am dying to know the duration of stay in Ireland as a South African.

  106. Is it true that it will be no longer visa free for South Africans to go to Ireland starting from the 1st of April 2015

    • Hi Kyanyo,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      The information that has been provided to us is: “South African citizens in possession of a full, valid passport do not require a visa for entry to Ireland but must be able to satisfy the Immigration Officer at the Port of Entry that they have a valid reason for entering Ireland. They may be asked to provide additional documentation to support their case”

      Up to now, no further information has been updated saying that a South African passport holder wanting to visit the Republic of Ireland will need a visa. I suggest you contact Rose (Republic of Service Excellence) they might have updated information on any new visa requirements.

      Johannesburg Regional Office

      Tel: 0100015060
      Email: jean@visaservice.co.za
      MainWeb: http://www.visaservice.co.za

      Best of Luck~

  107. Hi. I recently wanted to visit Dublin with my husband. We were flying with Emerites. In Or Tambo we were allowed to board the flight, but once we got to Dubai we were turned back. Because we were only going to stay for 3 days and our passports are new. We had our bank statements, our booking reservations at the hotel which we had paid for, as well as enough money to sustain our trip. What would be the reason of rejection?

    • Hi Melissa,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      Even if one is allowed to board in South Africa it is up to the Immigration Officials on the other end if they allow passengers to pass through. They are trained to check for certain things. They do back ground checks on passengers when they pass through immigration. Certain information comes up when they feed your passport details into the system. If your are deported they usually tell the traveler the reason why. Only the officials would be able give the exact reason on why they have come to this decision.

  108. Thank you Marcelle. That’s what is mind bodling. No one explained to us anything.

  109. Thank you Marcelle. That’s what is mind bodling. No one explained to us anything.

  110. Hi, I’m a South African citizen with a South African passport. My husband (a British citizen with a British passport, so a member of the EEA) and I want to emigrate to Ireland. I know I don’t need a visitor visa, but do I need a visa to be able to enter the country to settle and work?

    • Hi Natasha,

      Thanks you for getting in touch.

      It’s best you contact the British Embassy direct as they will be able to give the most up to date information on what documents are required and if a visa is needed to immigrate.

      Their contact details are:

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500
      Fax: 27 (0) 12 421 7555

      Best of Luck!

  111. Hi there ..I would like to find out the requirements for a malawian passport holder who want to visit Dublin for 2 to 3 weeks . Kindly answer me in my e-mail address : king_john@live.co.za , kind regards…!

    • Hi John,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      As a South African based company we do not specilize in visa requirments for Malawian passport holders.

      I would suggest that you contact the Irish Embassy directly for advice: https://www.dfa.ie/irish-embassy/south-africa/

      Best of luck

  112. hi there i am a south african citizen and so are all my children. i would like to relocate to ireland and want to know what are the requirements? my children are 13,12,9 and 8

    please assist me thanks
    Bertha

    • Hi Bertha,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      To my knowledge one would need a secure job before immigrating to Ireland. The company needs to vouch for you, and would need to assist you in applying for a work visa.

      Alternatively you are welcome to contact Visa Express and they should be able to answer any questions you might have with immigrating to Ireland and if this it is possible. http://visaexpress.co.za/

      Best of Luck!

  113. Hi there. I have a united nations passport , living in south africa do i need a visa to travel to Dublin , Ireland ?

    • Hi Rose,

      Thanks for the interesting question. To my knowledge if one is travelling on a United Nations passport you would require a visa to enter Ireland.

      However I do suggest contacting Rose (Republic of Service Excellence) as they specialize in visa’s and would be able to give the most up to date information.

      Rose – Republic Of Service Excellence

      Johannesburg Regional Office

      Tel: 0100015060
      Email: jean@visaservice.co.za
      MainWeb: http://www.visaservice.co.za

  114. Hi, hope you can help…. Im absolutely ghutted!!!Im suppose to travel to Dublin via Heathrow Tuesday 24th of March. My UK visa was turned down because in 2000 I was caught with a ectasy pill in my bag in a club, they did security checks that eve. and i got a criminal record, yes for 1 ectasy pill. when i applied for the UK visa i stated that i dont have any criminal record. A police officer told me when I required about the fact, that after 10yrs the record gets nullified and taken off your name. I now have a black bar code on the page next to my photo and info. I can buy another ticket to ticket with Etihad which stop over in Dubai. What I want to know is if you know what that barcode means and will I be refused entry at Dubai and Dublin with that barcode in my passport:(

    • Hi Olivia,

      Thanks for this interesting question.

      That really is an unfortunate situation. Sorry to hear this.

      As we do not specialize in visa’s I would say its best to contact VFS Global directly on 011 783 1941 or 021 423 6573 to see what they might suggest in a case like this, before purchasing another ticket.

      Best of Luck!

  115. Hi there
    Myself and my fiance recently got married and are wanting to go on a holiday to Ireland at the end of the year. I have a British passport as well as a South African. My wife has a South African passport. We would like to go to England to visit my brother for 2 days. Can a person travel from Ireland to England for a short period without a Visa
    Regards

    • Hi Paul,

      It is sometimes possible to enter the UK from Ireland (by car) without having a UK visa. We do not recommend this at all, as if one is caught they will be fined, deported and black listed.

      A visa will be required to enter the UK even if you enter from Ireland.

  116. Do i need a work visa to work in Ireland if i’m a South African?

    • Hi Graham,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Yes a South African passport holder would need a valid work visa to live and work in Ireland.

  117. Please leave your comment…hi..my passpot is bangladesi.I get south african maltipolt work parmit.haw can I visit for Ireland.where I appleing for visa.and what what pepar need.

    • Hi Faruk,

      We are a South African based company specializing in people who are holding a South African passports.

      I would suggest you contact the Irish Embassy and they would be able to assist with any queries you might have with regards to what is needed when applying for a visa.

      Best of Luck!

  118. Please leave your comment…l am congolese (D.R.C) live in south africa we have a south africa refugee passport me and my family we need to go on holiday to irland we need visa? or what we must do?

    • Hi Pierre,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Thanks for contacting us. I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise if a visa is required for a SA refugee passport as I am not sure if the same rules apply like a SA passport. I would suggest contacting the Irish Embassy and check with them to see what information they will provide.

      Best of Luck!

  119. Please I have a valid visa to UK. Can I use it to visit Ireland if am in London?

    • Hi Michael,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      A UK visa will cover you for Northern Ireland, and for Southern Ireland a visa is not required.

      We do however suggest you contact the Irish Embassy just to get the most up to date information:

      Embassy of Ireland
      Address: Thibault Square, 1 Marine Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000
      Phone:021 419 0636

  120. Hi Fenix I m a Lesotho passport holder living in south Africa I would like to visit Ireland for a few days I will be on leave in June 2015 do I need a visa to visit Ireland?
    Plz reply

    • Hi Lolo,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      As we are a South African based company with specialize in travelers holding South African passports.

      I would suggest contacting the Irish Embassy and they would be able to assist with any queries you might have.

  121. what others documents do you need?

  122. hi Paul, i like to kow if someone went to Ireland in 2010 in was refused to enter can she still be able to visit there again and allowed to enter. please i need to know coz i wanna visit in few months

    • Hi Zinhle,

      Thanks for interesting questions.

      Unfortunately we are not able to advise on this. It would be up to Immigration discretion. If the passenger was denied entry into a country before, this is kept on record for sometime.

      I would suggest contacting the Embassy direct they should be able to provide further information with regards to your query.

  123. Please leave your comment…hi there, I just got a job in Ireland Dublin, what is required from me to go and work there, if there is a need for work visa, how and where do I get it? Will I need a letter of appointment from the company? How much do I need to have? I am a south African passport holder. Thanx!

    • Hi Amanda,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      Unfortunately we do not specialize in work visa. To get the most up to date information with regards to your queries I would contact the Embassy direct or a visa agent. They should be able to answer any questions you might have.

      Visa Express then – 0219113273 / 0123467528 or Visa Box 0215518829

      Best of Luck!

  124. Please leave your comment…Hi, I will like to know if a south africa refugees pass port can travel to Ireland with out a visa? Thanks so much and am expecting your feed back via my email

  125. Hi i’got a Congolaise passport with general work permit i’need to visit Ireland. It’s easy for me to gete Ireland visa

  126. Hi, an agency contacted me that is very interested in getting me a job in Ireland, however they said i require a work permit. What channels would me and my husband have to go through in order to obtain a work permit. We both hold a valid south African passport.

    Please advise would be appreciated.

    Meghan

    • Hi Meghan,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      That sounds like a great opportunity working in Ireland.

      As we do not specialize in work permits so I would suggest you contact the Irish Embassy direct to get the most up to date information on all the necessary documentations required, in order to obtain an Irish work permit, and the correct procedures to follow.

      Best of Luck!

  127. Hello nick hello fenix i would like to ask you something I have got a valid south african passport and id like to move to ireland so what is the requirements to move there for forever?
    Please reply
    Thank you

    • I Faizal,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      Unfortunately we do not specialize in people wanting to immigrating to foreign countries.

      I suggest you contact the Irish Consulate direct and they should be able to assist with any queries you might have and give you the step by step process.

      Best of Luck!

  128. Hi I’m a SA citizen with a valid passport. I would to go work overseas preferably in Dublin Ireland. May you please advise on the best way to go about it. Should I apply online first or go visit and look for a job then come back and apply for a work permit if I get one. Your advise is much appreciated. Thanks

    • Hi Mpilo,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid we do not specialize in people wanting to apply for work visa’s. To my knowledge you would need to have a secure job in Ireland before applying for a work visa.

      I suggest you contact the Embassy direct and they should be able to answer any queries you might have.

      Best of luck!

  129. Hi,
    I am married to a UK citizen, We plan on moving to Cork, Ireland. I know she does not need a visa or work permit to stay in Cork, but I am a south african citizen. I know that I will have to apply for a de facto relationship “visa” so we both can stay there. Can you please answer this question for me, will I be able to apply for the de facto visa while I am visiting her, or will i have to apply for it while I am still in South Africa. My wife is planning to move there in September 2015, and I want to move there December 2015. Your assistance or advise will be appreciated.

    • Hi Nolan,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      To my knowledge you would need to apply in your home country for this visa before you travel to the UK.

      In saying this I suggest it’s best to contact the British Consulate and they would be able to give the most up to date information when applying:

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500
      Fax: 27 (0) 12 421 7555

  130. Hi Guys.

    Thank you straight forward, easy to understand. Leaving for Ireland this evening no visa required.

    Cheers.

  131. Hi, i am a south african lady and my husband is a pakistanian holding a spousal permit. We are planing to go to dublin ireland. Will we be to apply for working visas to work there?

    • Hi Sphindile,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      You will need to apply for a work visa in South Africa. You will need a job in Ireland as this is one of the requirements when applying for a work visa.

  132. I am a south african married to an EU citizen who is living and working in Ireland. I fly there to meet her and live with her in 21 days time. I want to be working in Ireland. Do I need to apply for a work permit before I leave South Africa or when I arrive in Ireland?

    • Hi Zane,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Should you be married to an EU citizen you should be traveling on a different visa and would be able to look for work while in Ireland.

      In saying this as we do not specialise in this area (work visa’s) I would suggest you contact the Embassy direct to get the most up to date information as they would be able to answer any queries you might have.

      Best of luck in your new beginnings in Ireland.

  133. have a new valid south africa passport,wish to travel to Ireland to visit.have an EU citizen sponsoring my stay ,wat wuld i need..myt need a cheap flight too

    • Hi Zane,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      This information should be used as a guide only. Please confirm requirements with the consulate or embassy.

      No visas are required by South African passport holders . They must be in possession of a full valid passport.

      The passenger should be in possession of proof of accommodation, proof of sufficient funds and a letter from employer stating that passenger is returning to their job in SA. The valid passport should be valid for a minimum of 6 months before the date of return.
      NOTE: It is up to each visitor to satisfy the Irish immigration authorities at the port of entry that they have sufficient funds to cover their expenses for the duration of their visit. A visa is required if travelling to Northern Ireland as it is part of the UK.

      If you looking for cheap flights you welcome to search on http://www.travelstart.co.za where you able to view all the different airlines that operate a specific route to ensure that you choose the cheapest possible option.

      Should you wish to get assistance in making this reservation, we have a team of Travel Experts that would love to help. You can contact Travelbar by calling 021 468 4300 (Monday – Friday) or by sending an email to travelbar@travelstart.com and they will get back to you with 2 working days!

  134. Hi

    Could somebody please help me.I am a uk citizen and i am going to live and work in ireland.My wife and 3 year old daughter are south african citizens.I want them to come live with me in ireland dublin.What would they need?I understand they dont need a visa for 90 days but if they want to stay longer what do we need to get them to stay longer.Basically we want to live in ireland.

    Please help

    Thanks
    Brett

    • Hi Brett,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I am afraid we don’t speicalise in work visa’s or visa’s for spouses to stay on a long term basis.

      I suggest you contact the Embassy of Ireland direct, they should be able to answer any queries you might have.

      Embassy of Ireland
      Address: Thibault Square, 1 Marine St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000
      Phone:021 419 0636

  135. Hi, I want to visit Ireland but I overstayed in UK in 2005 and was denied entry visa. Will this affect my wanting to visit? The passport I used then has since expired and will be using a new one.

    • Hi Sari,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      To my knowledge one is only “black listed for 3 years” again I could stand to be corrected.

      Even if you apply for a UK visa with a new passport they should still have this on record on their data base if you were denied a visa in the past.

      You welcome to contact them direct and see what feedback the Embassy will provide.

  136. Please leave your comment… Just i want kwon i have passbort south african refugee so if i need visa can appl embassy in pretoria

  137. Hi, i want to go to Ireland and work there for a while, just to get away . . But i need help, i have the funds available to do this, i just need information about where to start, if anyway can help and is willing to help my email is Rynolombard@gmail.com . . Any information is welcom, thank u 🙂

    • Hi Ryno,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      You will need to have a secure job before applying for your work visa for Ireland. The company who will be employing you needs to submit documents on your behalf and assist in apply for your work visa.

      As we do not specialise in work visas abroad I suggest you contact the embassy or official visa agency direct and they should be able to answer any further queries you might have.

      Best of luck!

  138. Hi
    I have south african pasport but my born by pakistan african I am 17 year old and I want to go ireland can I go widest my parntes and if I can go so Wat requirements I needs to go ireland please help me

    • Hi Hassan,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If you are traveling on a South African passport and wanting to visit Southern Ireland no Visa is required as it does not form part of the UK

  139. If you travel with Air France only use one airport do you need a transit visa for Paris

    • Hi Louise,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      This depends on your whole itinerary (how many times you are transiting through a Schengen State) and what passport you are traveling on.

  140. Hi there, My wife has a british passport and is flying to into Dublin via Dubai with my 2 kids who are 5years old and 1 year old. They are then going up to northern Ireland to vist my wife’s folks. Trick is my kids are on South African Passports, do we really need to get Visa’s for them?

    • Hi Alkex,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      All South African passport holders need a visa for Northern Ireland as it forms part of the UK.

      You welcome to check with the British Consulate should you have any other queries.

      Their contact details are:

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500
      Fax: 27 (0) 12 421 7555

  141. I am a southafrican citizen holding a southafrican passport.l have a family in lreland that is offering to take me for a period of 12months what documents are required for hold.Help

    • Hi Florence,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Unfortunately we do not specialize in people wanting to move abroad for a year.

      You would need to contact the Irish Embassy direct to see what documents are required from your family’s side and yours before you apply.

  142. That’s great so if you’re not from RSA but you’re Africa what you can do?

    • Hi Khaleed,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If you are not a South African passport holder you will need to contact the Embassy direct to get the necessary information on visa requirements needed when applying for an Irish visa.

  143. Hi I just wanted to know how I come to Ireland I had Pakistani passport I am staying in south Africa legal I have 2 permits no 1 relative permit because my wife sitizen of south Africa and 2 one is work permit because I am working as a store manager in my wife’s company so plz tell me can I come they my cell phone no is. 0027745294244 waiting your responds bye

  144. I got sa permanent passport bt I born in Pakistan in my sa passports they write born Pakistan can I also get entry for southern ireland I will wait for ur ans thanks amjed ali

    • No thanks

    • Hi Amjad, it doesn’t matter really where you were born, it’s more got to do with what documents you’re travelling on. If you’re using a South African passport and you’re a South African citizen, you can travel as if you were born here. This would mean the Republic of Ireland would be visa-free for you. Just note that the border agents in Ireland have the final say on whether you can enter the country or not, while this doesn’t happen often, they can, for any person wanting to enter the country, deny them entry if they’re not satisfied that the person is being honest about their intentions when visiting the country. Like I say, this is rare, but it is at their discretion.

  145. Please advise, can you apply for a Visa to the UK in Ireland if you are a SA citizen visiting Ireland? I am applying for a Schengen visa, will then visit Ireland, but require to visit UK in two weeks thereafter, but do not have enough time to apply for both Visas?

    • Hi Wanda, thanks for reaching out. No unfortunately you cannot apply for a UK visa in Ireland as a South African. You’ll need to return to SA to make that application. The exception is that if you’re a permanent resident in Ireland or have a long term student or working visa.

  146. Hi there.
    My boyfriend and I would like to go to cork ireland.
    We will be staying with a friend who owns a farm there. I will be getting a job via his wife and my boyfriend will be working on his property with him.
    We would like to stay there for a year or two ..perhaps more.
    Could you please inform me as to what documentation we would need
    we don’t have a lot of cash but will be making and be supported when we get there(we have a place to stay etc. .etc..)
    Do you think we will have any trouble getting in?

    • Hi Monique, thanks for reaching out. It is illegal to work in Ireland without a valid work permit. If you get caught you can be deported, the people employing you can be fined and you may well face consequences of not being allowed into other European countries (or even others beyond that). If you’re visiting Ireland as a tourist as a South African passport holder you will not need any documentation, just proof that you have a return ticket to the country. Usually they’ll want you to return at least within a couple of months, you could always change the return date after you arrive.

      Applying for a work visa in Ireland will probably require you to have some sort of offer of formal employment in the country. If you don’t have any previous experience or qualifications for a job on a farm in Ireland, you may well find it difficult to get a visa for this though. You’ll need to contact the Irish Embassy in Pretoria.

  147. hi dear, am South African married Ghanaian lady I live in ghana on resident permit I want to visit Ireland for 2 weeks with my S A passport , can you please advise me thank you

    • Hi Thabo, for yourself, as a South African passport holder, you won’t need a visa to visit Ireland for 2 weeks, provided that you don’t fly via London. For your wife though, she will need a visa to visit Ireland. She will need to apply through VFS in Accra: http://ie.vfsglobal.com.gh/

  148. Paul thanks for my pervious email paul im sa passport holder last yr I dovorced now im single can I go ireland for holiday alone my exwife didn’t give me copy of divorce degree and I have no contact with my exwife can ireland ask me about my marital status thanks

    • Hi Amjad, thanks for reaching out. Ireland usually isn’t concerned about your marital status. The countries which usually do ask questions about that will be those in the Middle East like Saudi Arabia & surrounds. For Ireland I don’t see it being a problem at all, provided you’re travelling there on business or as a tourist or family visitor I think it will be fine.

  149. Hi Nick
    I like to ask some few questions. I’m south African lady and I like to visit my boyfriend in Ireland in December Im unemployed at the moment he will be paying for my flight and sponsoring me for everything when I’m in Ireland what he need to do write invitation letter send it to his embassy or I need to provide it at the airport how it works what documents do I need inorder to enter republican of Ireland? Thanks

    • Hi Lindie, technically you don’t need to present any documentation in order to visit Ireland, but it won’t hurt to have with you stuff like an invitation letter (one which has been faxed or mailed to you) showing his address in the country and that you will be staying with him. He can also mention that he is taking care of your living expenses in the country. He should probably include a copy of his EU passport, or if he is not an EU citizen, he should include a copy of his passport and a copy of his residency/work permit.

  150. hi! I wanted to ask, im a British citizen by birth , living in south Africa. I soon intend to move to ireland and also want to marry a south african lady, who has a young kid. my question is would she get British citizenship or a visa and what is needed, and also for her son what would he need and would he get a visa? any help will be greatly appreciated

    • Hi Uzair,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      The following link should help with information on applying for a UK visa.

      If they are wanting to immigrate to the UK I suggest you contact the official visa handling agency their contacts are provided in the link below and they should be able to assist with all the documentations which will be required when applying.

      http://www.thegsa.co.za/index.php?nav=destination_country&view=110

  151. Hi, If I visit Ireland, and stay for 3 months, will I be able to go again in the same year, or am I only allowed to stay for a maximum of 3 months per calendar year? Also, if I want to stay for longer (not to work), what documents do I need to to apply for an extension?

    • Hi Ilze,

      Thanks for the interesting question.

      I’ve tired to search for some info with regards to your query, however I suggest you contact the Embassy direct, they should be able to answer any questions you might have.

      ISSUING AUTHORITY:
      Embassy of Ireland
      2nd Floor
      Parkdev Bulding
      Brooklyn Bridge Office Park
      570 Fehrsen Street
      Brooklyn 0181
      Pretoria
      Tel: (012) 452 1000
      Consular hours: Mon-Fri 0830-1300
      E-mail: pretoria@dfa.ie
      Website: http://www.embassyireland.org.za

  152. Hello

    I am from Swaziland, i saw that my passport is visa free to Ireland, what should i do if i want to travel to Ireland to live and work.. Here is my email below

    kenide87@yahoo.com

    Thanks

    • Hi Kenide,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      As you hold an EU passport you would just be able to live and work in Ireland with out providing any supporting documents.

      It will be up to you to find a secure job and living space before arriving, or you can do so when you arrive. Always best to have some savings on the side to sustain you while trying to find a job.

  153. Hi,
    a south african passport holder – wanting to move to Ireland, what are the requirements?
    thanks

    • Hi Delize,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Unfortunately we do not specialize in people wanting to immigrate overseas. You will need to contact the Embassy direct or the official visa handling agency.

      Usually one needs to be a skilled worker with a degree and have a company sponsor them. They will draw up the documents from their side assisting you in applying for a work visa and stipulating that you are the only one qualified to do that job, so you aren’t taking a job from anyone who has the correct passport allowing them to work without getting a work visa.

  154. Hi there
    Iam a Zimbabwean national living in South Africa, I have a work permit, I would like to know if that can allow me to visit Ireland, or do I need to apply for a visa. A friend of mine wants me to come visit for the Christmas holidays, pls help

    • Hi Gugulethu,

      Thanks contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the visa requirements for Zimbabwean passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      I suggest you contact the Embassy direct they should be able to give the most up to date information if a visa will be required or not.

  155. Dear nick thanks fr ans my previous email mr nick im going to ireland im sa passport holder I just wanto know at dublin airport they can ask me my profession in sa or they can also ask me the document of my profession I got a electronic shop in sa I will wait for ur ans thanks

    • Hi Amjed,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      At immigration they can ask all sorts of questions: example: how long you will be staying for, what is your profession, who you are visiting etc

      It will be up to the immigration officials discretion as to what questions they will ask.

      If you have any documentations its always best to carry it with you, just in case they should ask.

  156. Hi there, I just wanna know that do I need a work permit to work in rep of Ireland I’m having my valid south African passport

    • Hi Bongani,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      A South African passport holder does require a valid work permit in order for them to work and live in Ireland.

  157. Thank u in advance, hope I will be answered

  158. As a south African passport holder I now understand that I don’t need visa to travel to rep of Ireland but my question is where do I arrange and process my flight tickets must I consult the embassy or else because this will be my first time to visit Europe

    • Hi Bongani,

      When booking flights for your holiday to Ireland you can book on our website: http://www.travelstart.co.za we also have a direct sales team should you wish to speak to an agent who will gladly assist in making return flight booking for your holiday.

  159. Is it possible for me to get six months visitors visa and extend it while I’m still in Ireland with my south African passport

    • Hi Bongani,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m not sure on this. The best would be is to contact the Irish Embassy direct and they will be able to give the most up to date information.

      Kindly note South African citizens in possession of a full, valid passport do not require a visa for entry to Ireland but must be able to satisfy the Immigration Officer at the Port of Entry that they have a valid reason for entering Ireland. They may be asked to provide additional documentation to support their case.

      It is not possible to enter Ireland on a SA temporary or refugee passport.

      Please note that Embassy of Ireland, Pretoria will not provide “entry” letters for travellers on a South African passport to enter the Republic of Ireland.
      The length of stay permitted is decided by an Immigration Officer at the port of entry, and will be noted on your passport.

      A visa is required for South Africans visiting Northern Ireland as it is part of the United Kingdom.

      Requirements
      Valid passport and return airline ticket
      Passport must be valid for 6 months before the date of return.

      Please contact Embassy direct for further requirements and any other queries you might have.

      The Irish Embassy (Pretoria)
      Telephone No : (012) 452 1000
      Street Address : 2nd Floor, Pardev Building, Brooklyn Bridge Office Park,
      570 Fehrsen Street, Brooklyn 0181, Pretoria
      Postal Address : P.O. Box 4174 Pretoria 0001
      Email Address : pretoria@dfa.ie
      Web Address : http://www.embassyofireland.org.za

  160. Hello Please I’m South Africa passport holde can I visit New Zealand without a visa thank you

    • Hi Hassan,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      South African passport holders do not require visas for New Zealand for up to 3 months.

      Valid passport for at least 3 months beyond date of departure from New Zealand
      Return air ticket
      Proof of sufficient funds (NZ$1000 per person per month) This can be in form of cash, traveller cheques or Visacard/Mastercard useable in conjunction with their bank account.
      Medical insurance, comprehensive medical insurance is required for your stay.
      Must be a genuine visitor.
      On arrival in New Zealand, all visitors must meet visit visa requirements and need to present said funds/documents. Failure to present the above may result in entry being refused.

      I do suggest contacting the New Zealand Embassy to get the most up to date information as rules could change at any time.

  161. Hi, I’m thinking to depart on the 28/12/2015 to rep of Ireland but I wanna know that what’s the good time to buy my flight ticket and should I buy it

    • Hi Bongani,

      As you are wanting to fly over peak season the best time to purchase your ticket is soon as possible.

      Some people purchase their ticket up to 10 months in advance if they are sure on their dates of travel as the cheaper seats are booked first.

  162. And where should I buy my flight ticket

    • Hi Bongani,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      You welcome to search for flight prices on http://www.travelstart.co.za here you are able to view all the different
      airlines that operate a specific route to ensure that you choose the cheapest possible option.

      Should you wish to get assistance in making this reservation, we have a team of Travel Experts that would love to help.
      You can contact Travelbar by calling 021 468 4300 (Monday – Friday) or by sending an email to travelbar@travelstart.com with all details exact dates, routing and number of passengers and they will get back to you with 2 working days.

  163. Hi, my name is thoms I’am congolese reside in south Africa
    And I’m using black south african travel document refugee one
    I’m working has assistant manager somewhere
    I wil get my leave next year January
    I will like to visit Dublin for 2 weeks, I need a visa?

    • Hi Thomas,

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you if a visa is required for Dublin for Congolese passport holders as we specialise in South African travellers.

      For this you would need to contact the Embassy direct, they should be able to answer any questions you might have.

  164. hi there jusa query uhm if i travel to ireland on SA passport then on arrival at dublin how many months visa i get minimum cos friend of mine said 3 months so pls lemme no thnx.

    • Hi Zane,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      South African passport holders can visit Ireland for up to 90 days without a visa.

      I’ve also found the following information:

      South African citizens in possession of a full, valid passport do not require a visa for entry to Ireland but must be able to satisfy the Immigration Officer at the Port of Entry that they have a valid reason for entering Ireland. They may be asked to provide additional documentation to support their case.

  165. Hi All

    If I visit Ireland, and stay for 3 months, will I be able to go again in the same year, or am I only allowed to stay for a maximum of 3 months per calendar year? Also, if I want to stay for longer (not to work), what documents do I need to to apply for an extension?

    Secondly, If i do want to work in Ireland, what will be the steps to do so…Can i visit there, find an employer? then apply from Ireland for the permit or will i have to come back to South Africa to submit the application? Then the matter of extending from the original 3 months. I do hold a south African passport.

    Is there a direct email address i can contact or even visit for advice? i will be going in January and my purpose is to Celebrate Saint Patrick’s day.

    @ Bongani, If you still following this blog, can be exchange details ? my email address is jeromemoses007@gmail.com

    Thank you.

    Kr,
    Jerome

  166. my wife and i are both SA citizens with green books, wife has UK passport, we looking immigrate to southern Ireland.
    i was denied a spousal visa because of faulty documents to UK, will this be a problem to live and work in Ireland even though they in no way related to each other.
    If i had to re apply for UK after the time ban can they turn me down again or are they “obligated” to let me into the country with a spousal visa.
    If i became an Irish citizen would there be issues going into the UK to visit, live or work at all.
    Thanks.

    • Hi Brad,

      I’m afraid we do not specials in this area of visa’s. As we are not the ones granting the visa’s we are not able to advise if you will experience problems when applying again. This is up to the official visa agent discretion if they will grant a visa or not.

      If you have any queries relating to the above it is best to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agent they should be able to be of more assistance.

      Best of luck.

  167. Hi I am a south african permanent residence holding 5 years travel documents not sa citizens passport.want to travel cayman Islands and South Korea for visit in holidays. I get entry for these countries or need visa on this south african non citizens travel documents. Pls let me know this info will be highly appreciated Thanks

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise if a visa is required or not as we only specialise in South African passport holders.

      I suggest you contact both Embassies advise what passport you are traveling on, and the Embassy official will be able to give you the most up to date info if a visa is required or not.

  168. Hi I’m a citizen from South Africa and I would like to visit my best friend in Ireland Dublin Just for 2/3 weeks and i think I got the documents they need once I reach the Airport…My passport, Bank statement,invitation letter, Her copy of ID, Her residential address and My spending money which is about 700 Euros… Please I need to make sure if all I’ve got is correct but travelling

    • Hi Siphokazi,

      It’s best to contact the Embassy direct to see what all is required when visiting Ireland. Please find below information I found on South Africans travelling to Ireland.

      South African citizens in possession of a full, valid passport do not require a visa for entry to Ireland but must be able to satisfy the Immigration Officer at the Port of Entry that they have a valid reason for entering Ireland. They may be asked to provide additional documentation to support their case. (please contact the Embassy direct to see what would be required)

      It is not possible to enter Ireland on a SA temporary or refugee passport.

      Please note that Embassy of Ireland, Pretoria will not provide “entry” letters for travellers on a South African passport to enter the Republic of Ireland.
      The length of stay permitted is decided by an Immigration Officer at the port of entry, and will be noted on your passport.

      A visa is required for South Africans visiting Northern Ireland as it is part of the United Kingdom.

      Requirements
      Valid passport and return airline ticket
      Passport must be valid for 6 months before the date of return.

      Please contact the Embassy to see if what other documentation you would need to provide should the Immigration Official ask.

  169. Hi I’m South Africa passport holder, I have Nigeria visa on it and also want to visit Ireland, I will be on transit to Nigeria first then we be from there to Ireland. it’s possible? I want to no again if they will require yellow card, invitation letter, police insurance and like how much I we have as my P T A. PLEASE REPLY TO ME BECAUSE I DON’T HAVE UNTO TWO WEEKS FROM NOW. THANKS.

    • Hi Godwin,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      South African citizens must be able to satisfy the Immigration Officer at the Port of Entry that they have a valid reason for entering Ireland. They may be asked to provide additional documentation to support their case.

      I suggest you contact the Embassy direct to see what documents they might ask you for at Immigration. They should be able to answer any questions you might have.

  170. Hello Good evening

    Im zimbabwean, but have a SA passport. I applied for the SA port from the UK where I currently live.

    I have tried to regularise my stay in the UK after being an overstayer. Immigration has refused my right to Article 8 – Human Rights and I have now put an application in for Refugee status, although I do not know whether this will be sucessful.

    I wonder if I will be able to travel from the UK to ireland (dublin) on my clean (never used, no visa in it) SA passport.

    I have family in Ireland and would like to visit to see what options I have to work and live there. i.e. work visas etc.

    My main concern is whether I can travel from UK to Ireland on the full SA port.

    • Hi Gemma,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid we do not specilize in this area and would be best to contact the Embassy direct. Even if you travel on your South African passport I’m not sure if they will still have your records on hand. I suggest you contact the officials they should be able to assist in answering any of your questions.

      Best of luck.

  171. hello
    i am a South African citizen and wish to move to Ireland to look for a job . i have a passport and also have a diploma in internal auditing. i have no experience but I’m willing to work in any field until i am settled . would i need a work permit before i get there or its possible to get it once im in irlend.

    • Hi Frank,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Yes you would need a job first as well as a valid work permit before immigration will allow you into the country.

      The company who would employ you will have to assist you in applying for your work permit.

  172. hi Marcelle Fenix

    thank you very much for the information

  173. hi my is khumalo I’m South Africa passport holder please I want to visit New Zealand next month do I need visa or document

    • Hi Khumalo,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      South African passport holders do not require visas up to 3 months. However we do suggest you contact the official visa handling agency VFS Global Tel: 012 425 3004 to get the most up to date information this could change at any time.

  174. hello
    please help me because I want travel to
    new Zealand next month please do I need transit visa in Australia?

    • Hi Francis,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      It depends on what passport you hold. I suggest you contact the Embassy direct they will be able to advise if a visa is required, what the correct procedures are to follow when applying, documentations required and cost.

  175. hello Francis is my name
    please help because want travel to new Zealand I have 2 hours in Australia airport do I need transit visa ?

    • Hi Francis,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      This depends on what passport you are traveling on.

      You would need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise accordingly.

  176. Hello I’m planning to travel to Ireland with my southAfrican passport .I want to know howmuch money you need for one person if you are staying for a week in Dublin.Do the immigration ask howmuch you have?
    Thanks

    • Hi Malik,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      this is up to the immigration official discretion should they ask to see proof of funds and how much. They might ask you to provide additional documentation like letter of invitation or proof of accommodation etc.

      I suggest you contact the Irish Embassy direct they will be able to give the most up to date information should official ask for further documentation and proof of funds.

  177. I I’m a south Africa live in Nigeria and I want to travel to ireland next twoweeks.please I’m with green passport with out visa please I need your help please is any requirement knows before traveling..

    • Hi Emmanuel,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      To my knowledge if you are a South African passport holder traveling directly to Ireland you would not require a visa, however I’m afraid we do not specialize with visa’s so I am not sure if this is the most up to date and correct information. For this you will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency.

      They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

      ~ Marcelle

  178. Hi. If I want to work in Ireland, do i need a work visa?

    • Hi Magnus,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      If you do not hold an EU passport or an Irish passport you would need a work visa to be able to work in Ireland.

  179. Good day, hope you are well.
    Both my daughter and I are holding South African Passports.
    If we come to Ireland do I need a Visa for her to go to school there, for me to work etc.
    If i want to work how long does it take to get a permit and what would I need.

    Thank you so much!

    Any Information would be highly appreciate

    • Hi Karika,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Yes you will need a working visa should you wish to go work in Ireland. You will need employment before and documents from this company when applying for your work visa for Ireland. To get the most up to date information it’s best you contact the Irish Embassy or official visa handling agency for Ireland and they will be able to assist in answer any other questions you might have.

  180. is it true that from march 20th 2016 that south Africans will start travelling to ireland with a visa

    • Hi John,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      For any visa related queries it’s best you contact the Irish Embassy direct, they will have the most up to date information and answer any other questions you might have.

  181. Hi !
    I would like to know, does South African refugee travel decument need a visa to visit Ireland?
    Thanks you
    in advance

    • Hi Rodas,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      You will need to contact the Irish Embassy direct advise them what passport you will be traveling on and they will be able to advise accordingly.

  182. good day

    i have a opportunity to go be an au pair in ireland , apparently i cannot get a working visa to go and be an au pair because they say EEA citizens can fill those positions , the familiy contacted me and i would love to go.

    please help this means alot to me !!

    • Hi Nick,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I am afraid we do not specialize in this area. For this you will need to contact the Embassy direct they will be able to give you the most up to date information.

      Best of luck.

  183. hi i got a south african passport so i need a visa to visit to enter ireland or not

    • Hi Malik,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      The below visa information is not guaranteed. Kindly confirm details with the relevant authorities.

      South African citizens in possession of a full, valid passport do not require a visa for entry to Ireland (when visiting) but must be able to satisfy the Immigration Officer at the Port of Entry that they have a valid reason for entering Ireland. They may be asked to provide additional documentation to support their case.

  184. My partner is traveling on a South African Passport and doesn’t need a visa for (Southern) Ireland as a South African citizen. But he needs a visa for almost all other countries in Europe.

    We are leaving the UK / Northern Ireland by car, after his six months visa for the UK expires to travel to the Southern Ireland for a couple of months.

    ***As there are no borders between Northern and Southern Ireland: Where does he get his passport stamped as proof that he left the UK in time before his half year visa expired?

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch and for the interesting question.

      I found the following information (see below) however I do suggest you contact the Embassy direct as they would be able to give you the most up to date information.

      The United Kingdom has just one external land border, located between the province of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. There are no routine checks in place for those crossing this border, either by foot or vehicle owing to the complexity of patrolling it. Occasionally the Irish Police (“Garda Siochana”) will set up spot border checks on key arterial roads for customs purposes, but tourists will normally be waved through without any trouble. On entering Northern Ireland from the Republic of Ireland, the border is rarely signposted – apart from signs stating “speed limits in miles per hour”.

  185. hassan is my name
    I hope you are doing well please I need you help because I want travel to south Korea this month please do I need visa I am south Africa passport holde

    • Hi Hassan,

      This visa information is not guaranteed. Kindly confirm details with the relevant authorities.

      South African passport holders do not require a visa for a holiday, transit, conference or general non-profitable business up to 30 days. If signing a contract, getting paid in Korea or buying stock, a business visa will be required for South African passport holders.

      We do suggest you contact the Embassy direct to get the most up to date information.

  186. hello hey mate i need some infomation about vocation of ireland …actually i got a SOUTH AFRiCAN CITIZENSHIP …
    so can i let it know when will be the vocation have been start in IRELAND ,,
    thanks i will be wait for your reply ..
    CHEERS

  187. Hy ineed u help my husband he went pakistan on january this month he suppose to be coming back but they refuse to give him a bording pass.to come back south Africa.am south african we married now is 7years we stay together and we have 2kind.and he surpose to come on 21 but they never gave him bording card .again he extend tickent he say hes coming on26 April but they do him the same thing.he go back pakistan .pls help me wat can i do. I wiil be waiting for your reply.Thx

    • Hi Noita,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      Very sorry to hear this however we do not specialize in this area so we would not be able to assist.

      You will need to contact Home Affairs or South African Embassy to see if they can assist.

      Best of luck.

  188. hello nick,am peter and a holder of a south african passport,please may i know the requires of the immigration officer in order to enter ireland ,am going to visit my senior brother

    • Hi Peter,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Note: visa information is not guaranteed. Kindly confirm details with the relevant authorities.

      South African citizens in possession of a full, valid passport do not require a visa for entry to Ireland but must be able to satisfy the Immigration Officer at the Port of Entry that they have a valid reason for entering Ireland. They may be asked to provide additional documentation to support their case.

      I am not quite sure what you meant by “may i know the requires of the immigration officer”

      For any further information please contact the Irish Embassy direct they will be able to provide you with the most up to date information

      The Irish Embassy (Pretoria)
      Telephone No : (012) 452 1000
      Email Address : pretoria@dfa.ie
      Web Address : http://www.embassyofireland.org.za

  189. hello hey mate i need some infomation about vocation of ireland …actually i got a SOUTH AFRiCAN CITIZENSHIP …
    so can i let it know when will be the vocation have been start in IRELAND ,,
    thanks i will be wait for your reply ..

    • Hi Jona,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      For any visa related queries please contact the Embassy direct they will be able to assist in answering any questions you might have.

  190. Hi, i am a congolese but my kids are south african citizens. They do not need visas to Dublin, i do. How do handle this? I would like to take them for holidays in Dublin. What are the requirements?

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for a Congolese passport holder.

      I suggest you contact the Embassy direct they will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

  191. hello nick,thanks for getting in touch,but may i know the requirements of the immigration officer at the port of entry?

    • Hi Peter,

      South African citizens in possession of a full, valid passport do not require a visa for entry to Ireland but must be able to satisfy the Immigration Officer at the Port of Entry that they have a valid reason for entering Ireland. They may be asked to provide additional documentation to support their case. (example: sufficient funds for their stay, invitation letter or proof of accommodation etc) for further information please contact the Embassy direct they will be able to provide you with further information.

  192. thnak you ,i have now get your understanding

  193. hello am kubu from south africa i want to go to ireland on a tour basis,what are some of the likely questions you are gonna be asked at the port of entry and as a tourist what are some of the documents do you need to have on you

    • Hi Kubu,

      You have contacted Travelstart. You will need to contact the Embassy direct. They should be able to assist.

      However you will need to show sufficient funds to prove that you can sustain your visit while in Ireland as well as proof of accommodation.

      There might be other documents and this will also depend on the person at immigration. I suggest you contact the Embassy they can assist accordingly.

  194. Hi im muhammad im pakistan nationalit holder im in southafrica i have work porment in southafrica with pakistan pasport wt must i do i like ti vist ireland ?

    • Hi Muhammad,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the visa requirements for a Pakistani passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      For this you will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency.

      They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

  195. Hi plss am a Nigerian what are the requirements to travel to Ireland

    • Hi there,

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for a Nigerian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      For this you will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency.

      They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

  196. hello
    I hope you are doing very well
    please I need some infromtion
    I’m south Africa passport holder
    i will visit ghana i have ghana visa and I want to visit new Zealand do I need visa to visit new Zealand or some document please help me??

    • Hi Alex,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      South African passport holders do not require visas up to 3 months when visiting New Zealand.

      However this visa information is not guaranteed. Kindly confirm details with the relevant authorities direct as the rules could change at anytime.

      Please advise what visa’s you are currently holding and how long you will intend staying and answer any other questions they might have. They will be able to advise accordingly.

  197. I
    want visit new Zealand for 15 days
    south African passport holder

    • Hi there,

      Please contact the Embassy direct. TThey will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

  198. Hi there,
    I am Congolese DR residing in SA.I am SA permanent residence holder.i do have a valid SA travel document (black one).Is this document valid to travel to Ireland /Dublin free visa for few weeks.if not what are the requirements? Which one is best airline company?
    Regards

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      When a passenger travels they travel on their passport not their residence card. This is what the airline check-in staff and customs officials ask for. So you need to contact the Embassy of the country you wish to travel advise them of what passport you will be traveling on and they will be able to advise if you require a visa and if so the correct procedures to follow.

  199. Hi there,
    Is it safe to pay my air ticket via Travelsart website using my cheque or credit card? (scare of scam),,,or I ultimately need to visit a travel agent? What the difference,cost wise.Kindly advise

    Best regards

    • Hi Pierre,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      All passengers card details are encrypted for security purposes. We also have a security team who do background checks on all cards used to make the booking. We do this to cover our clients as well as ourselves.

      If you have any other questions you welcome to e-mail our ticketing team direct at: ticketing@travelstart.com where one of our skilled agents will gladly answer any other questions you might have.

  200. Hi there

    I just want to find out about Student visa in Ireland.
    Am a South African planning to continue my studies in Ireland September this year,

    And i want to know, is too complicated?

    Thank you

    • Hi Zoe,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid we do not specialize with Student visa related queries. For this you will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency.

      They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

  201. I have lost my Irish passport and am travelling to Zimbabwe tomo from Australia. Is it possible to use an ETD and how long does it take. Please can anyone help with any info.

  202. Thank you for attending my question!

  203. Hi, am Meyer annstine,I am a south Africa citizen, have 1 child, we want to go visit republic of irland for ,2 month, but the thing is am pregnant for 5 month can I still go for visit to irland. It not gnna be a problem witch my pregnancy to travel there for 2months

    • Hi Meyer,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      You will need to contact the airline you are traveling with direct. As each airline has a different policy of up to how many weeks they allow a pregnant lady to fly.

      Once you have this information you will then also need a letter from your doctor confirming you are ok to travel. There might be other documents required but the airline will be able to advise you of this.

  204. Hi, am Kelly, am south Africa citizen me and my children would like to go visit irland republic, we do have a SA passport,well I know we dont need visa to visit irland republic, but it is any paper they gnna ask us wen we gonna arrive in dubiln airport, plz can you help us to find out.

    • Hi Kelly,

      South African citizens with a valid passport do not require a visa for entry to Ireland but must be able to satisfy the Immigration Officer at the Port of Entry that they have a valid reason for entering Ireland. They may be asked to provide additional documentation to support their case (example sufficient funds for all travels, proof of accommodation, return ticket, Travel Insurance etc) they could ask for further documents however for this you would need to contact the Embassy as they should be able to provide you with more information

  205. Hi my name is imbali
    I am a SA citizen planning to visit ireland next week. i have read all the above info you have provided i need to know when you mention ‘supporting documents’ at port of entry what documnets u r referring to. Do i need to carry my bnk statements, my employment letter with me. Do they ask me to show them how much cash I’m carrying with me and also do i need travel insurance. i will appreciate your reply.

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      Yes that is correct. South African citizens with a valid passport do not require a visa for entry to Ireland but must be able to satisfy the Immigration Officer at the Port of Entry that they have a valid reason for entering Ireland. They may be asked to provide additional documentation to support their case. So it is best to carry all documents (like the same you would use to apply for a Schengen Visa) just in case they request any of it.

  206. Hi mate
    I’m jona and am born in Pakistan and live in south Africa and I got south African passport so I was travailing to Ireland last month with accommodation and travel insurance company later were I working and pay slip and 1 thousand euro and 3month bank statement and
    South African immigration guys call in Dublin immigration and I was talking with Dublin immigration guy and he ask me why u chose Ireland and tell him my uncal been to Ireland so he told me Ireland is very good place to visit in summer and the Dublin immigration ask me to give me your uncal details so that time was I don’t have my uncal details so then south African immigration guys says u wont fly to Ireland and even he won’t give me reason?????
    Plz tell me what must I do now can try again or so mas I wait until 6 month???

    • Still waiting

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      It is up to the discretion of Immigration’s if they will allow you into the country or not. If you are not able to answer their questions / supply them with correct information as well as documents they have the right to deny a person entry. To my knowledge it would be 3 years one is black listed, however you would need to contact the Embassy they should be able to advise you correct and answer any questions you might have.

  207. Hello,

    I am a South African citizen and is married to a dual UK/Irish citizen. We are living in SA now and want to go about moving to Ireland. Where do we even begin? Seems like the rules are constantly changing.
    Any help or direction would be greatly appreciated.
    Kerry

    • Hi Kerry,

      thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid we do not specilize in this area of immigration visa’s. You will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

  208. Hi I’m a Zimbabwean passport holder with a South African permanent residence do I need a visa to go to Ireland

    • Hi Senzeni,

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for a Zimbabwean passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers. Please contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise if a visa is required or not. And if so what the cost is, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

  209. Can we fly on a ONE way ticket, via Dublin, on an Ancestral visa (South African passports? We are looking at flights now, and to go the dates we want we will have to go to Dublin, then catch a flight on to Bristol. Is this going to be an issue 1. because we are on a one-way flight, and 2. because of the stamping of passport? Thanks!

    • Hi Dominique,

      To my knowledge this would not be possible, however I could stand to be corrected. I would suggest you contact the Embassy direct. They specialize in this area and would be able to answer any queries you might have.

  210. Hi,
    I have a South African Passport, but currently live in London, and have a Residence Permit. My long-term boyfriend has a British Passport, so obtained my Residence Permit through his Passport, however it does not say ‘family or relative of an EEU citizen’ on my Permit.

    We would like to visit friends in Dublin for a weekend, but not sure if I would require a visa, as I have a UK Residence Permit?

    Can you possibly advise?

    Thanks very much,
    Amy

    • Hi Amy,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      People who have a valid South Africa passport do not require a visa to enter the Republic of Ireland. However, South African passport holders do require a visa for visiting Northern Ireland.

  211. hi my name is Simplici. I am a refugee living in cape town South Africa with my wife and 4 children. We have a traveling document of south Africa do we need a visa to travel to Ireland for a holiday visitation in December 2016.

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      This depends on the passport you are traveling on. We only specialize on South African passport holders.

      Please contact the Embassy direct they will be able to provide you with the most up to date information.

  212. Hie
    I am a s.a passport holder in ireland on a visa but married to a zimbabwean man wth a sa residence permit and wld like to him to visit me wat is the procedure thank yu for helping

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for a Zimbabwean passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers. Please contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

  213. hi. i have south african passport what qustion they may ask for entry.plz let me know

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      They could ask for proof of funds, so you will need to show that you have sufficient funds for your stay. Proof of accommodation, where you will be staying. Your Travel Insurance, they might even ask for proof of employment.

      It’s up to the immigration officials discretion what they ask for. I would suggest you contact the Embassy they would be able to give more information on this.

  214. Hi, I’m a South African living and working in the UK. due to the nature of my job I am not subject to immigration control, would I need a visa to travel to Northern Ireland? Thank you

    • Hi John,

      Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom. However if you are on a UK working visa to my knowledge you should not require one then. However as we do not specialize in visa related queries I suggest you contact the Embassy direct to get the most up to date information.

  215. Hi there,

    Thanks for getting in touch.

    I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for a Congolese passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers. Please contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

  216. Hi I’m a south African my partner is Irish ,im travelling to Ireland on a short holiday staying for 3 weeks , will come back to south Africa after that , we a planning to get married , then I will move to IE but I want to travel freely in between Sa and IE as my children will be staying in SA , yet I would like to stay legally in IE and be able to see my kids at least 4 times a year , where can I get more info regarding the above , your help will be appreciated , thank you

    • Hi Phumzi,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      For this you would need to contact the Irish Embassy. They will be able to provide you with the most to date information on the correct procedures to follow and what documentation is required if you are wanting to immigrate to Ireland.

  217. Good evening
    I’m a south African valid passport holder, I’m currently in the UK on a visiting visa visiting my husband, will be traveling to Dublin to visit family what papers would I require then for immigration. Flying through domestic flights . Thank you in advance

  218. hi
    The UK visa website says if I am traveling from South Africa to Ireland, I need a special transit visa (we are not going through UK customs). But the website takes me in a circle if I click on links to find out which special transit visa is required for Ireland… Any clue what they require?

    • Hi there Johan,

      Thanks for getting in touch, Please be advised that we do not advise on Visas however you may contact Visa box Tel : 021 551 8829 http://www.visa-box.co.za, for further information. -Stacey

  219. hi I m lerato ngobeni I want to visit Ireland with my family. I am an African but my husband is bangladeshi and we have 1yeat baby so can you please tell me how can I travel to Ireland and also requirements

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