Visa requirement for Ukrainians entering Ireland lifted in wake of invasion

Those travelling without a visa will have 90 days after arrival to regularise their position

Visa requirements for travel to Ireland from Ukraine have been lifted with immediate effect as Ireland seeks to show "solidarity" with its people in the wake of Russia's invasion.

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee confirmed that the move, flagged by Taoiseach Micheál Martin on the opening day of the conflict, has now taken place.

Among its aims is to streamline and support the swift exit of both the Ukrainian family members of Irish citizens, and the family members of people from Ukraine who are resident in Ireland.

The Department of Justice said it will apply as an emergency measure to all Ukrainians travelling to Ireland.


The Statutory Instrument removing the visa requirement for Ukraine nationals takes immediate effect.

Those who travel to Ireland without a visa will then have 90 days after arrival to regularise their position.

The Department said this position will be kept under ongoing review with the impact monitored closely.

Ms McEntee said: "I am appalled by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the aggressive attack against a democratic sovereign state in Europe.

"We stand in solidarity with Ukraine and its people and will, working with our partners in the European Union, play our part in assisting them in their time of need.

“That is why I am immediately lifting visa requirements between Ukraine and Ireland.”

She also said that the Government will also work with colleagues “on any further EU-wide measures that might assist those fleeing Ukraine.”

Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn is a Political Correspondent at The Irish Times