All nationalities entering Ireland must have a valid passport, or in the case of European Union Member States, a national identity card. Visitors are advised to check what form of ID is required by their airline carrier before travelling. Some airlines within Europe will only accept passport identification.

Do I need a visa?

Whether you need a visa to enter Ireland depends on what country you are from.  Please check here to see if you need a visa for Ireland.

The Department of Justice and Equality has primary responsibility for Ireland’s immigration and visa policy. For more information on visa requirements for Ireland please see their website.

Letter of invitation

Please plan your trip early!  Please allow up to 8 weeks to process a visa application.  Register and pay the registration fees in full and request an invitation letter by email to Under no circumstances will an invitation letter be issued for those who have not paid their registration fees in full. When you request an invitation letter, you must provide the following information:

1. Your full postal address in English

2. Your name on your passport

3. Your date of birth

4. Your passport number 

For those whose abstracts are accepted, please also provide the information of your abstract number and abstract title. 

Embassies and visa contacts

Further information for the Republic, including a full list of Irish Embassies, is available from:

The Department of Foreign Affairs

Tel: +353 1 478 0822


Further information for Northern Ireland is available from your local British Embassy or Consulate, for details please contact:

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Tel: + 44 207 008 1500