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Ireland suspends visa and pre/clearance processing from 29th January 21 as a COVID-19 public health protective measure.

The Minister for Justice has signed an order that will impose new visa requirements on passport holders from a number of South American countries and South Africa. This order came into effect at midnight on Wednesday 27th January 2021.In addition to the new requirements above, they have also taken the decision to temporarily cease accepting new visa/preclearance applications. This is effective from close of business 29th of January 2021.

The Irish authorities are strongly discouraging all forms of non essential travel into the state with a few exceptions in Priority or Emergency cases. The Department of Justice states that “Increasing travel restrictions and the measures introduced as part of the Government’s efforts to interrupt the transmission of COVID-19 means that travel may not be possible and even if possible is not advisable unless absolutely essential”.
The Irish government will resume entry visa and pre/clearance processing as soon as safety concerns abate.
Certain Priority/Emergency cases will continue to be processed and these include the following:

If an application falls into one of the above categories it may be possible to process a visa application to completion. The advice is to contact the embassy handling to receive further guidance.

The Irish government’s “strong advice” citing the press release, is that everyone, regardless of their nationality or visa/preclearance status, or where they started from, who cannot provide proof of an essential purpose to travel to or within Ireland, should not travel to Ireland.

Please contact us, if you wish to discuss the preparation, timing, and submission of Irish entry visa or pre clearance applications. We are experts in the preparation and submission of visa applications and can help. Also, we are happy to review applications to establish if an application can be treated as a priority within the more restrictive visa processing system that has been set up.

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