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Visas and entry requirements

The information given here is for general guidance only - you MUST investigate all entry requirements yourself before travelling. Please note that WWOOF Ireland cannot provide references for visa applications.
Visa requirements for volunteering in Ireland can be found at - http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/WP10000034.

The visa requirements for volunteering in Ireland are currently under review. Please check HERE for more details.

If you have a passport from a country in the EEA (European Economic Area), you do not need a visa to enter Ireland.

If you have a passport from a non-EEA country, you MUST investigate entry requirements. A visa is not required from many countries but there are other requirements which are described HERE

See the list of countries which do not need a visa HERE or find the Irish embassy in your country HERE

 

Please go to your WWOOFer home page and click blue button 'Create an Immigration ID'. Complete the details and save the form - You can add as many hosts as you need for your time in Ireland and add the dates using the pop-up calender. To access your ID form, go to your drop down menu top right of site (blue button) and click 'My Immigration ID' link. To print form please click blue button at bottom of ID form 'Print this page'. Please ensure you have printed and are carrying a hard copy of your Immigration ID to show to customs officials at your point of entry into Ireland.

The UK has recently changed its attitude towards volunteer schemes and this may affect some WWOOFers traveling via the UK.

If you are NOT from a Europen country (The USA for example) and are traveling to Ireland via the UK, you should contact us well before your departure date for advice about entry requirements. This applies even if you are only transferring between flights at a UK airport, including Belfast.

If you are intending to travel between Ireland and Northern Ireland (part of the UK) for a WWOOFing placement, you should also contact us for advice.

Remember that there is a border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland which is part of the UK. If you are from outside the EEA and intend to leave Ireland for Northern Ireland and the UK, you must be sure to check the entry rules. There are also rules about re-entering Ireland from Northern Ireland and the UK. More information about re-entry is available HERE

If you are from a non-EEA country, even if you do not need a visa, you may be asked to show where you will be staying while in Ireland. You should have details of hosts you have made arrangements with, including verifiable contact details.

You can print an ID document from your profile. Edit your profile and open the 'Immigration ID' section and complete the form. A new link will appear in your profile which only you can see; click that link and a page ready for printing will be created.

Even if you do not need a visa, if you are from outside the EEA, you may be asked to show evidence of travel arrangements to leave Ireland within the time allowed, which is usually 90 days. This would normally be a valid ticket.

Even if you do not need a visa, if you are from outside the EEA, you may be asked to show evidence of having 'sufficient funds' for your stay in Ireland. There is no fixed definition of 'sufficient funds'. As WWOOFers will not be paying for accomodation the level of funding required may be less than for a tourist. You may still need to show that you can support yourself for the duration of your stay, if you have to leave a host earlier than planned.

You will need to have enough cash or an original bank statement with a card to access the account.

If you have a non-EEA  passport, even if you do not need a visa, you may be asked to give:

  • Evidence of sufficient funds to support yourself
  • Evidence of valid travel arrangements to leave Ireland
  • Evidence of where you will be staying and what you will be doing (Please use the Immigration ID form facility on your WWOOFer homepage)
  • Evidence of Health insurance that includes cover for a hospital stay