I am travelling to Ireland and I was wondering whether I can use my Irish visa to also enter France. From this similar question I see that I must get a separate visa for entering Ireland even if I have a Schengen visa and vise versa. What confuses me is the following sentence from Wikipedia:

Visa policy of Ireland is similar to the visa policy of the Schengen Area. It grants visa-free entry to all Schengen Annex II nationalities, except for ...

What does this mean?


Schengen Annex II is the list of countries whose citizens enjoy visa-free access to the Schengen area for short-term visits. The passage you quote therefore means

People who enjoy visa-free access to the Schengen area by virtue of their nationality also enjoy visa-free access to Ireland, except for nationals of ...

The comparison is perhaps unhelpful to someone who simply wants to know whether they need a visa for Ireland, especially if that person is not familiar with Schengen policies.


"Annex II" refers to Annex II of the EU regulation 539/2001

Specifically "Schengen Annex II nationalities" refers to citizens from one of the countries contained in this section of that document.

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