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Extension of Short-stay Visa Waiver Programme and visa waiver for holders of Olympic accreditation

Date Published: 15-03-2012

Minister for Justice and Equality, Alan Shatter, announced the extension of the Irish Short-stay Visa Waiver Programme for a further 4 years (from 31 October 2012 to 31 October 2016).

As well as extending the programme the Minister also announced:

  • The inclusion of Bosnia and Herzegovina on the list of 16 countries already covered by the Visa Waiver Programme;
  • The waiving of visa fees for long-term residents from countries covered by the programme who live within the Schengen area (subject to review after 6 months).

List of countries to which the Visa Waiver Programme will now apply:

Nationals from Eastern Europe

  • Belarus
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Montenegro
  • Russian Federation
  • Serbia
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine

Middle East

  • Bahrain
  • Kuwait
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • United Arab Emirates

Other Asian Countries

  • India
  • Kazakhstan
  • Peoples’ Republic of China
  • Uzbekistan

Visa waiver for holders of Olympic accreditation

The Minister also announced a waiver to holders of Olympic accreditation documents issued by the London Olympics Organising Committee. Certain conditions apply to the waiver which will commence on 30 March 2012 and conclude on 8 November 2012.

For more information:

See Press release by Department of Justice and Equality on short-stay visa waiver

See Press release by Department of Justice and Equality on waiver for holders of Olympic accreditation

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