Embassy of Ireland Moscow – Visa Office 

SUMMER 2012 - Important Notice

Due to anticipated very heavy visa demand for the months of May-August inclusive, applicants are advised that the following indicative processing times will apply, from date of lodgement of the application at our office  to complete processing.

Business Visas –approx 1 week

All Other Visas’ –approx 3-4 weeks

Residency D Visas (Join Parent, family etc) –approx 6-8 weeks

The very heavy workload is as a result of a number of factors, including the effect of the London Olympics, ever increasing numbers of Russian citizens travelling abroad and scheduled Irish Staff changes at this time.

During these 4 months, applicants and Inviters are requested not to contact (telephone or e-mail) this office unless it is absolutely necessary.

 Information on documents required and applying on-line is available on, and information on the operation of the Moscow Visa office is available on the Embassy of Ireland website at in both Russian and English language.  These should be consulted to answer routine questions.

Where resources are scarce, priority will always be given to visa processing over and above non-core tasks, such as answering mails etc.

Your co-operation in ensuring we deliver the best service possible is greatly appreciated.

Michael Stenson
Head of Visa Office
Embassy of Ireland
April 2012

The granting of an Irish visa is, in effect, only a form of pre-entry clearance. It does not grant permission to enter Ireland and Immigration Officers have the authority to grant or deny admission. Visa holders are subject to normal immigration control at the point of entry and should always carry with them the originals or copies of the documents submitted with their visa applications for possible inspection by Immigration Officers.

Furthermore, a visa does not grant permission to remain in Ireland. The date of validity shown on the visa indicates only the date before which it must be presented to an Immigration Officer. The length of stay is decided by an Immigration Officer at the port of entry.

A visa holder who remains in Ireland longer than the permitted period and/or who submits false or misleading information in support of his/her application may become liable for prosecution and/or subject to deportation.

The granting of a visa is not a mere formality. As a result, the Embassy will not be held responsible for any cancelled or unused travel tickets in the event of a visa application not being processed by an applicant's intended date of travel or where an application has been rejected by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. As a result, we advise all visa applicants NOT to purchase or book travel tickets until their visa application has been approved, issued and received.


Contact Details

Embassy of Ireland to the Russian Federation
Grokholski Pereulok 5
Moscow 129090
Посольство Ирландии в России
Грохольский пер., 5,
129090 Москва
Embassy/ Посольство

Тел/Tel: +7 495 937 5911
Факс/Fax: +7 495 680 0623

Visa Office/ Визовый отдел

Тел/Tel: +7 495 9375 900
+7 495 7373 636
Факс/Fax: +7 495 7373 637
+7 495 9375 902
Public opening hours:

Monday to Friday
09:30 to 17:30

Visa Office:
Monday to Friday
09.30 – 12.30 (for applications)
14.30 – 17.00 (helpline)

Часы работы

09.30 – 17.30

Визовый отдел:
09.30 – 12.30 (приемные часы)
14.30 – 17.00 (горячая линия)