The Irish Department of Justice has announced that the five-year multi-entry short-stay visa option will be extended to all countries that require visas. This new visa option allows eligible applicants to make one application and covers a five-year period of travel to Ireland. The visa is particularly useful for individuals who frequently visit Ireland for business or family reasons. Previously, Ireland had offered multi-entry visas for one, two, and three years, as well as a five-year multi-entry visa for Chinese passport holders. However, this extension of eligibility to all visa-required countries is a significant development.
Under certain conditions, business travelers with no previous travel history to Ireland may also be eligible for a multi-entry visa. It’s important to note that the granting of a multi-entry visa is at the discretion of the relevant Visa Officer, and a standard single entry visa option remains available. With the introduction of this new visa option, it’s expected that tourism will increase, and ties between Ireland and other countries will be strengthened.