The Department of Justice in Ireland has recently announced an extension to the five-year multi-entry short-stay visa option, which is now available to all visa-required countries. This new visa option is intended for those who regularly visit Ireland for business or family reasons. If approved, the visa will be valid for a period of five years, allowing for multiple entries to Ireland during that time. Previously, only Chinese passport holders were eligible for the five-year multi-entry visa, while others were limited to one, two, or three-year multi-entry visas.
The new visa option may also be available to some business travelers without prior travel history to Ireland. However, certain conditions apply, and the visa holder is only permitted to travel to Ireland during the dates shown on the visa. The standard single entry visa option is still available for those who do not qualify for the multi-entry option.
It’s important to note that the decision to grant a multi-entry visa is at the discretion of the relevant Visa Officer, and certain criteria must be met in order to be considered for the visa. This new visa option is expected to increase tourism and promote stronger relationships between Ireland and other countries around the world.