The visa office of the Embassy of Ireland in Moscow is staffed by officers from the Irish Naturalisation and immigration Service, www.inis.gov.ie , an executive body of the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. www.justice.ie. It was established in 2002 and consists of 3 Irish Staff and 4 local staff. It is situated in the ground floor of the Embassy of Ireland in Moscow.
The public office is open from 9.30 to 12.30 to receive applications on Monday to Friday (excluding designated Public Holidays). The office telephone help line operates from 2.30 to 5.00 pm, Monday to Fridays. (number on website). Queries can be e-mailed to .
At certain times, applicants may encounter difficulties getting through on our helpline. If possible, we would encourage applicants to consider using our e-mail facility as an alternative.
What countries does your office take applications from?
This office accepts applications from citizens of the Russian Federation, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.
Citizens of the Ukraine who wish to apply for a Visa to Ireland should apply at the Irish Honorary Consulate in Kiev (address at www.dfa.ie). Applications lodged at this Consulate are forwarded to the Visa Office in Moscow twice weekly for decision.
How do I apply for a Visa?
You must apply on-line at http://www.visas.inis.gov.ie . When you have completed the on-line application form, you should print down the Summary details sheet, and sign and date it.
You (or your agent or representative) should bring the signed summary sheet to the Consulate together with 2 colour passport photos (do not staple), and your passport, and the appropriate documents required for the type of visa that you are applying for, together with the Consular fee (if applicable).
What documents do I need to supply with my application?
The documents needed are set out on www.inis.gov.ie
What language is the application form available in?
The application form is available in English only and must be filled in, in the English language
I will lodge an application now and send on the fee (back –up documents, etc) later. Can you start to process it in the meantime?
No, this office does not register or process incomplete applications. The submission of incomplete applications is not accepted in this office.
This is my first application, can I apply for a Multi Journey Visa?
Anyone is free to apply for a multiple journey visa on payment of the appropriate fee. However, the following should be noted.
(1) Payment for a multiple journey visa does not confer any entitlement to be granted a multiple Journey, or indeed any visa. You may be granted a multiple –entry (MJ), a Single-Entry (SJ) or refused a visa according the Decision of the Visa Officer
(2) Multiple journey visas are in general only issued to regular business travellers, spouses and/or Dependent children of Irish/EEA nationals
(3) Applicants in employment, studies or Joining Irish/EEA/3rd country family members to reside in Ireland, are generally only granted a Single Journey Visa. They can obtain a multiple journey Visa on registration with the appropriate authorities (Garda National Immigration Bureau) in Ireland.
(4) Multiple Journey visas are, in general not issued to other categories, save in exceptional or unusual circumstances.
Do I need to apply in person?
You do not necessarily need to apply in person.
How can I send the application to the Embassy
You can send your application by post or courier. Applicants ho do not lodge their applications in person should only use persons or operators they know and trust in order to lodge their application and collect it when the application is dealt with. This office cannot be held responsible for any loss that arises to an applicant because of failure of a 3rd party to deliver or return an application or documents to/from this office.
Should I make an appointment with the Embassy to apply for visa?
This office does not operate an appointments system, except for Irish couples looking for an exit visa for their adopted child for the purposes of exiting Russia legally with that child.
Should I lodge the original travel passport with the Embassy
Yes, applications should be accompanied by the passport. In rare or unusual circumstances an applicant may not be able to present the application at the time of applying for the visa. In these circumstances, a complete photocopy of the entire passport should be provided together with a written explanation as to why the passport could not be presented. It is up to the discretion of the visa officer whether an application should be accepted in these circumstances or not.
Please note if a passport is presented at any stage that is full (used), has only a short time left on it (6 months or less) or shows any signs of excessive wear and tear or tampering, a visa will not issue in these circumstances to the holder of such a passport.
Do I need to pay a fee?
Certain categories of applicants are exempt from Visa fees. Holders of Official and Diplomatic passports. Spouse and Dependent children of Irish/EEA/Swiss Nationals. Exit visas for adoptive children going back to Ireland with their Irish parents
Children and their requisite carers travelling to Ireland under the auspices of the Chernobyl Rest and Recuperation Scheme.
Citizens of the Kygyz Republic do not have to pay a fee to apply for an Irish visa
Other designated groups from time to time whose activities may be largely charitable, philanthropic or cultural in nature. Groups who feel that they may be entitled to a waiver in these circumstances should contact Consular Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade in Dublin, well before they intend to travel.
The above list is not exhaustive, but it gives an indication of some of the main categories that are exempt.
How much is the Consular Fee?
At the Moscow Office, the consular fee is 2200 Russian Roubles for a Single Journey visa application and 3,700 Russian Roubles for a Multi –Journey Visa application.
How can I pay the Consular Fee?
This fee must be paid in Russian Roubles cash.
Alternatively, a Bank Draft for €60 (Single Entry) or €100 (Multi –Entry) drawn on an Irish Bank and made payable to “The Department of Foreign Affairs” will be accepted. The name and/or the visa application number of the applicant should be written on the back of the Bank Draft. Personal cheques are not accepted.
This office does not accept Euro currency or US Dollars. Currently, we cannot process payments by credit card or laser card facilities.
Is the Consular Fee refundable?
No, once an application is logged on our system, a consular fee cannot be refunded
How do I find out about the progress of my application?
You can call in, in person from 9.30 -12.30 Monday to Friday (excluding Public Holidays)
You can call our helpline on 007 495 937 59 00 2.30 to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday (excluding Public Holidays)
You can fax in a request to the office to make an enquiry to 007 495 937 59 02
You can e-mail a request to for further information
How long will it take me to get my visa, if granted?
Assuming all requirements are met (as outlined on www.inis.gov.ie), and the visa officer is satisfied, the following can be taken as general indicative processing times only.
Visas for the purpose of business travel – 3 working days
Other Visas* approx 10 working days.
Please note that it may not be possible to adhere to these timescales in certain instances, or at certain times e.g. peak Summer travel time, Christmas/New Year Holiday, major event (e.g. International sporting event) that may involve the movement of large numbers of people in a very short timescale.
*Applications for some Student, Employment, Residency type Family re-unification applications and certain types of Family Visits (e.g. Where the inviter is registered with GNIB) or other complex applications that arise from time to time may take longer than the above indicative timescales to process.
This office cannot be held liable for any loss (perceived or actual) in the event of a visa issuance not taking place at all, or within the time scales outlined above.
This office encourages applicants to lodge their visa applications as soon as they become aware of a need to, or form an intention of, travelling to Ireland. Applications can be lodged a maximum of 3 months before the proposed date of travel. This will help to reduce delays, confusion and difficulties for all concerned.
Who can collect a passport?
A passport can be collected by
(1) The passport holder in person presenting themselves at the office. The person will have to sign for the passport
(2) A person who presents a receipt for a passport. This person will be asked to produce photographic ID themselves and will have to sign for the passport
(3) A person who is neither the passport holder nor in possession of the receipt. This person will have to produce a signed notarised consent from the passport holder authorising them to collect the passport on their behalf. This person will have to produce photographic ID also and sign for the passport
My application was refused and I wish to appeal. How do I go about doing this?
A person whose visa application was refused may appeal within 2 months of the date that the decision was taken. Applicants appeal should be made in writing. In certain circumstances, the inviter may be allowed appeal the decision on the applicant’s behalf.
My application was refused and I am not allowed to appeal. Why is this so?
It was the considered opinion of the Visa officer that you furnished Information and/or statements of a false, misleading questionable or unverifiable nature in support of your application and under the regulations of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) www.inis.gov.ie no appeal is allowable in this situation.
When can I lodge a new application if my previous application was refused?
You can lodge an application at any time. However, if it fails to address the reasons why your previous application failed, then it is highly unlikely to be a successful application
I wish to send a large group of people to Ireland to a conference/sports event etc. What do I need to do?
A large group is defined as fifty applications or more. You should contact the visa office as soon as you start to organise the trip to Ireland. This will enable the visa office to plan to deal with the large volume of group applicants in as efficient a manner as possible, so as to minimise difficulties to the organiser, applicants and the visa office. The documents needed for Conference/other large groups are set out on www.inis.gov.ie
Is Ireland part of the Schengen group of countries?
No, Ireland is not currently a member of the Schengen group of countries. An Irish visa cannot be used for travel to a Schengen country, nor can a Schengen visa be used for travel to Ireland
Can I travel to Ireland on a UK Visa, or to the UK on an Irish Visa?
No, an Irish visa is not valid for travel to any part of the UK including Northern Ireland (NI). From 1st July 2011 under the terms of the Visa Waiver programme, in certain defined circumstances, a UK General C Visa may be used for to present yourself for entry to Ireland. In order to see if you qualify for this Waiver, please click here for details of this programme. If you do not qualify for the programme, you must have a valid Irish Visa to enter Ireland.