On April 22nd 2022, the Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee TD, announced the extension of the 5-year, multi entry, short-stay visa option to all visa required countries. A multi entry visa permits the visa holder to travel to Ireland on a number of occasions during the dates shown on the visa.
Prior to this, Ireland had offered 1 year, 2 year and 3-year multi entry visas. The option of a 5-year multi-entry visa was only available to Chinese passport holders; a measure which was introduced on the 1st of July 2019.
In her announcement of the change, Minister McEntee stated:
“The availability of 5-year multi entry short stay visas to eligible applicants from all visa required countries is a very positive measure. It will enable people who visit Ireland regularly, for business or family reasons in particular, to make one application, which when granted, will then cover travel over a five-year period.
This will make travelling to Ireland a more convenient and attractive option at a time when travelling worldwide is resuming and our tourism industry, in particular, is reopening following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Previously, multi entry visas were only issued to applicants who have shown a compliant Irish travel history in the recent past. In line with the changes announced by Minister McEntee, people who have travelled frequently to the United Kingdom, the Schengen Zone, USA, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand, and have observed the conditions of such visas, will now be able to apply for the option of a multi-year visa for 1-5 years, even if they have no previous travel history to Ireland.
For a person with no Irish travel history, a multi entry visa may be approved where the person:
- Needs to travel regularly to Ireland on short visits for business meetings
- While in Ireland on business, needs to travel to another country and return to Ireland for further meetings or onward travel, or
- Is travelling to and from another country via Ireland.
The option of a standard, single-entry visa also remains available.
The current visa fees are as follows:
Single entry short Stay ‘C’ visa: €60
Multiple entry short stay ‘C’ visa: €100
The granting of a multi-entry visa, as with all visa applications, is ultimately at the discretion of the relevant Visa Officer.