Ireland is known for their musicians, accent, beautiful green rolling hills, rugged cliffs, friendly people and yes beers (Guiness anyone?). Unfortunately for Filipino travellers, one has to apply a visa in advance to enjoy Ireland. And here’s a step by step guide on how to apply for Ireland tourist visa for Filipinos.
Embassy and Consular Location:
Irish Consulate Office
3rd Floor Max’s Building
70 Jupiter Street Bel Air I Village
Makati City, Philippines
Telephone: (632) 896-4668
Fax: (632) 897-8534
How to Apply:
1. Complete the online application form
2. Gather your supporting documentation, passport photograph and fee
3. Compile your application, which must include:
- The online summary sheet signed by you, with photo affixed to the top-left corner
- Current passport and any previous passports (or copies of previous passports if originals unavailable
- All required supporting documents
4. The online application system will automatically request you to submit your documentation to your nearest Irish Embassy.
5. Application Process takes up to 8 weeks from the time your documents are received.
1. Application summary sheet
Print, sign and date the Application Summary Sheet (from AVATS) and include it with your application documents.
2. Application letter
Type or write a letter explaining why you want to come to Ireland. Sign and date the letter and submit it with your documents.
Your letter must include your full name and postal address, and the:
- Reason you want to come to Ireland
- Dates you plan to arrive and leave
Your letter must also include a commitment from you that you will:
- Obey the conditions of your visa in full
- Not use any publicly funded services in Ireland (eg a public hospital) or become a burden on the Irish State.
- Leave Ireland before your immigration permission expires.
3. Itinerary Plan
Type or write a description of your planned vacation to Ireland, including where you will stay.
For accommodation, include printed emails/ letter of your accommodation plan from your hotels, guesthouses, couchsurfing etc. Confirmation letter must show the dates you intend to stay at each place.
4. Travel & medical insurance
If your application for a visa is approved, you must get travel/medical insurance before you travel. You will not be allowed to enter Ireland without it.
In some cases, you may be asked to submit proof that you have travel/medical insurance before a visa is granted.
5. Proof of fee payment
Include proof that you have paid the visa application fee.
Proof of payment may differ between processing offices. Contact your processing office for information about proof of payment.
If you are exempt from the visa fee, you must include documents that prove your exemption. Contact your processing office for information on proof of exemption.
Too many documents, but this view is worth it right?
You must submit:
- Your current passport
- A photocopy of each page from any previous passports you have (if available)
Your current passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the date you plan to leave Ireland.
Include 2 passport-sized colour photographs of the visa applicant.
Write the following in BLOCK CAPITALS on the back of each photo:
- Applicant name
- Visa Application Transaction Number from AVATS
Each photograph must meet the following rules for visa photographs.
8. Financial Capacity
You must show that you have enough finance (money) to support yourself fully in Ireland.
If you are paying for your own vacation:
Provide a 6-month bank statements from your bank, credit card statement and pay-slip.
If someone else (a third party) is helping to pay for your vacation:
Type or write a description that explains how and why your vacation or studies are being paid for by a third party. You must also include the third party’s:
- Full name and address
- Telephone number
- Email address (if available)
You must also include your own personal bank statement, following the same rules as described above.
9. Proof you will return home
You must include proof that you will leave Ireland when your vacation end.
To do so, you must show that you have a strong obligation to return home for economic, social or family reasons.
If you have a job at home, you must show that you have an obligation to return to it. To do so, you should provide:
- Your 3 most recent original payslips
- A letter from your employer that states:
- How long you have been employed there
- The dates you are on vacation
- The date you will be returning to work in that job
If still studying:
If you are a student at home, you must show that you have an obligation to return to continue your studies. To do so, you should provide:
- A letter from your school or college that states:
- The course you are studying
- How many years you have been a student there
- How many years/semesters you have left there
The letter should also state that your school/college expects you return to your studies after your vacation or study trip to Ireland.
Note: Also, include a property title if you have one or your marriage certificate if you are married to help prove that you have something to go back to.