Due to COVID-19 the processing of visa applications ceased in March 2020. From July 2020 the processing of ‘D’ Long Stay visas (Employment, Study, Join Family) resumed.


FAQs: What you need to know…


Do I need a visa to visit Ireland?

New Zealand passport holders do not require Entry Visas to visit Ireland on holiday. They may holiday in Ireland for up to three months and employment is prohibited. Evidence of onwards travel from Ireland within a three-month period is required.

For other countries, more information is available here on whether you need an entry visa.

If you wish to travel to Ireland on a passport of a “visa required” country you should obtain an entry visa before attempting to travel to Ireland.

How can I apply for a visa to visit Ireland?

Application details must be entered online via the website of the Embassy of Ireland in Australia. Click here for more information and to apply on line

You must submit your completed, signed application form, supporting documents and the fee to the Consulate General of Ireland in Auckland.

How much does an Irish visa cost?

The application fee for most applicants is NZ$145.

Some applicants are not required to pay a fee. This includes visa-required spouses and certain family members of EEA citizens (including Irish nationals) provided that proof of the relationship is submitted with the application.
In addition, applicants from some countries are not required to pay a fee. This changes from time to time but, when you make your application online, the system will notify you if you qualify for this exemption, based on the nationality details you provide.

Top Visa Questions

Answers to the most frequently asked questions about applying for an Irish visa if you are resident in New Zealand


Can you help Irish citizens with information about visas for a country other than Ireland?

We cannot speak on behalf of the immigration authorities of another country. For queries relating to New Zealand immigration, please consult Immigration New Zealand. For visas for third countries, please contact their diplomatic or consular post closest to you. You may be able to find it here Foreign Representatives to New Zealand

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Did you know...

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Mary Gallagher, of whom the song ‘Mary from Dungloe’ was written, emigrated to NZ from Co Donegal and is buried in Gisborne cemetery

Robert Hannah, born in Co Antrim, founded ‘Hannah’s Shoes’. He built and lived in Antrim House, in Wellington, now the headquarters of the NZ Historic Places Trust

Thomas Bracken, born in Co Monaghan, wrote the words of the national anthem ‘God Defend New Zealand’

Johnny Martin, born in Co Derry, was a goldminer and entrepreneur who developed the area of Martinborough

Joseph McMullen Dargaville, born in Co Cork, developed the town of Dargaville as part of his kauri timber and gum business

Robert Wellwood, born in Co Kilkenny, was the first Mayor of Hastings

Thomas Russell, born in Cork, was the founder of Bank of New Zealand in 1861

Thomas Croke, born in Cork and after whom the GAA Croke Park is named, was Roman Catholic Bishop of Auckland from 1870-1874

Patrick Moran, born in Co Wicklow, was the Roman Catholic Bishop of Dunedin 1869-1895

Henry Blundell, born in Dublin, began publishing the Wellington Evening Post (now the Dominion Post) in 1865

Dave Gallaher, captain of the 1905 Original All Blacks, was born in Co Donegal

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The Duke of Wellington, after whom New Zealand’s capital city is named, was born in Dublin, Ireland’s capital.

James Joyce, the author of Ulysses, the novel of the 20th century, had a sister, who was a nun who lived in New Zealand for many years until her death in 1942.