Visa and passports

As a member of the EU, travel to Ireland should be relatively easy for most delegates. However, be aware that some airlines within Europe will only accept passport identification. Check with your airline to confirm.

If you are not a member of the EU, the website of the Irish Immigration Service has a very useful tool which you can use to check if you need a visa to visit Ireland.

Delegates who need a visa will require a letter of booking confirmation from the conference office. Once your registration has been completed we would be delighted to issue this letter for you.  Please indicate your request in the registration form.

Please note that we cannot issue a letter until your registration and payment is completed in full. It is advisable that you have booked and paid for accommodation for the duration of your stay. This should be included with your visa application.

Note that VISA applications can take 6+ weeks for Ireland. We would encourage all delegates to begin the process as soon as possible.


How do I apply for a visa?

You can apply using the online AVATS process:
Before beginning the online process you should have the following information to hand:

  • Passport and details of any previous passports
    – number, date of issue/expiry

  • Details of any previous Irish visa applications

  • Contact details for your host in Ireland & itinerary

Following submission of your online application using AVATS, note that you will also be required to submit a signed summary of your application form, original passport, passport-sized colour photograph, the relevant fee, and all supporting documents, to the relevant Irish Embassy/Consulate/Visa Office per your application procedures.

When you complete AVATS there will be a website shown on the printed summary of your application form for details of the appropriate office, the fee payable, and the method of payment accepted. Please ensure that you read the visa information contained on the website and their provided Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS).


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