I know that Ireland is in the European Union but not in the Schengen Area.

My question is when I get my Irish passport, can I travel to countries in Europe (or most of them that are in Schengen Area) only with my Irish passport and not taking the destination's Visa?

Thanks in advance.

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    yes you can since you are a EU citizen. That has nothing to do with the Schengen Area. There is no immigration control for EU Citizens, only checks that you are a EU Citizen. That is why no enter/exit stamps are stamped in the passport. Commented Sep 14, 2019 at 12:08
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    Wait a moment -- are you getting an Irish passport (that is, becoming a citizen of Ireland), or merely a visa for Ireland? Those are extremely different things. Your other question says you're living in Spain with a D visa, which (a) should not be possible if you're already an Irish citizen, and (b) would probably make it hard to naturalize as an Irishman since you're not resident in that country. (And your profile says you're in Iran ...) Commented Sep 14, 2019 at 13:16
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    @Dr.jacky: Relocating to Ireland won't make you an Irish citizen, so you wouldn't get an Irish passport. Commented Sep 14, 2019 at 14:37
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    @David looks like this is currently a hypothetical question in the future with the unreal past: "This is often the case in conditional sentences when we are talking about a hypothetical situation that might exist now or at any time."
    – Andrew T.
    Commented Sep 15, 2019 at 6:58
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    @HenningMakholm No, I'm not an Irish citizen. I want to go to Ireland by work visa, then live and work there for at least 5 years, then apply for citizenship.
    – Dr.jacky
    Commented Sep 15, 2019 at 10:53

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You should read up on your rights as an EU citizen. They are extensive.

  • As an Irish citizen, you can not just travel but also work in the EU without a visa. You can bring your dependents if they're not Irish as well, who get simplified visa procedures.
  • If you are resident in other EU countries, you can (and should) vote in the European and some local elections.
  • You can get consular support from other EU embassies abroad if there is no Irish one.
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    With an Irish passport you are an Irish, and as such an EU, citizen. And all things that goes for other Irish citizens goes for you.
    – Willeke
    Commented Sep 14, 2019 at 8:41
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    It's assuming that they do not hold Irish citizenship.
    – vidarlo
    Commented Sep 14, 2019 at 9:42
  • @HankyPanky, edited.
    – o.m.
    Commented Sep 14, 2019 at 10:10

The short answer to your question is ‘yes’.

Irish citizens have visa-free or visa on arrival access to 185 countries and territories; the international access available to Irish citizens ranks 6th in the world according to the Visa Restrictions Index. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_passport

You can check which countries you will require a visa for here https://www.passportindex.org/comparebyPassport.php Notable European exceptions are Turkey (e-visa) and Russia.

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    So, these topics that talking about getting Schengen Visa of the destination before the travel is only for non-EU people?
    – Dr.jacky
    Commented Sep 14, 2019 at 10:36
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    @Dr.jacky yes, this insures that they don't get 'stranded' in the recieving country. Commented Sep 14, 2019 at 12:12

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