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The South African Embassy is striving to promote South Africa’s interests in Ireland and further grow and strengthen our already strong relations. The current cordial relationship with Ireland is largely based on Ireland’s strong support for South Africa in the pre-democracy struggle against the apartheid system. This is continuing through strong people to people relations and good cultural and sporting links between our two countries.

We enjoy a structured bilateral relationship which was elevated on 5 November 2019 to the level of a South Africa – Ireland Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC). The bilateral relationship is not only based on good political relations but we also cooperate in multilateral fora and there is close cooperation in education where Ireland is supporting the intake of South African students through the Kader Asmal Fellowship and the flagship programme that enables exchanges between the South African Technology Network and Ireland’s Technological Higher Education Association.

The Embassy is also primarily focused on improving our economic and commercial ties with Ireland. The promotion of tourism, attracting investments and stimulating trade are our priority.

Also key to our work is fostering a strong relationship with South Africans living and working in Ireland and I would like to appeal to the South African community in Ireland to support the efforts of the Embassy in improving relations with Ireland and together portray a positive image of South Africa in our host country.

I also encourage Irish people to visit our beautiful country, do business with South Africa, and engage more with South Africa at sport- and cultural level.

Please note that the Consular Section functions solely on an appointment-based system. With regard to visits to Ireland please note the following important information as received from the Irish government:

Holders of valid South African Passports do not need a visa to come to Ireland for tourism or similar reasons. However, other immigration procedures apply

All travellers must be able to satisfy the Immigration Officer at the Port of Entry that they have a valid reason for entering Ireland. You may also be requested by airline staff at check-in to provide additional documentation to support your case, including but not limited to:

  • Return airline ticket
  • Proof of accommodation. This can be a letter of invitation if the traveller is staying with friends or family. The letter need to state the contact details of both the traveller and the host. If the traveler is staying at a hotel, a paid and confirmed hotel booking for the entire stay in Ireland needs to be presented.
  • Bank statements showing you have sufficient funds for the duration of the stay.
  • Passport must be valid for 6 months before the date of return. Must have 2 blank pages
  • Medical/Travel insurance

For further Information you are referred to https://www.irishimmigration.


Passengers arriving into Ireland from outside EU + Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland.

Please note: This includes those arriving from Great Britain.

If your journey originates in a country which is not a designated State.

If you are travelling to Ireland from abroad you must fill out a Passenger Locator Form before departure.

If you have valid proof of vaccination (see above), no travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary.

If you have valid proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 180 days (see above), no travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary.

If you do not have valid proof of vaccination or recovery, you will need to:

  • present evidence of a negative result from a RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country.
  • self-quarantine for 14 days.

If you receive a negative result from a RT-PCR test taken from day 5 onwards after arrival into Ireland, you will be able to leave quarantine.

Proof of Vaccination (other than an EU DCC)

Proof of vaccination’ means a record or evidence in written or electronic form in the Irish language or the English language or an official translation that contains the following information:

  • confirmation that the person to whom the record or evidence refers is a vaccinated person;
  • the date or dates on which the person was vaccinated;
  • the body in the state concerned implementing the vaccination programme.

Vaccinated Persons

For the purposes of travel, you are considered vaccinated if you have been vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency with recommended number of days after the final dose, as below. Currently mixed doses and one dose plus recovery are not recognised as a vaccinated person.

Full course of any one of the following vaccines:

Regarded as fully vaccinated after:

Pfizer-BioNtech Vaccine : BNT162b2 (Comirnaty®)

7 days after 2nd dose

Moderna Vaccine CX-024414 (Moderna®)

14 days after 2nd dose

Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine ChAdOx1-SARS-COV-2 (Vaxzevria® or Covishield)

15 days after 2nd dose

Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Vaccine Ad26.COV2-S [recombinant] (Janssen®)

14 days after single dose

Proof of Recovery

The following is required to satisfy the proof of recovery criteria to enter Ireland:

  • an EU Digital COVID Certificate.
  • a Covid-19 certificate that has been issued by a state other than a Member State and recognised as equivalent to the EU DCC as set out in the EU DCC regs.
  • record or evidence in written or electronic form in the Irish language or the English language or an official translation that contains the following data:

(a) name: surname(s) and forename(s), in that order;
(b) date of birth;
(c) disease or agent the citizen has recovered from;
(d) date of first positive test result;
(e) Member State of test;
(f) certificate issuer;
(g) certificate valid from;
(h) certificate valid until (not more than 180 days after the date of first positive test result).



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