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Let's consider a hypothetical situation :)

I am going through a short-stay business trip through UK into Ireland. My passport requires visa for both countries. I have applied for both and both have been approved. I collected the UK sticker but not Ireland sticker (couldn't make it to the visa center in time before my trip for example).

  • Am I breaking the law if I enter Ireland through UK border by land without that sticker? I assume they will at least ask me 'how did you get here' when I exit via plane even if nobody stops me at the UK-Ireland border itself.
  • Will it help if I get by email and print the positive visa decision that Irish embassy sends? Is there even such document in existence?
  • What are my other options if I can't get the sticker in time at the same place I applied at?
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I don't know how that could happen

(couldn't make it to the visa center in time before my trip for example)

Then you have no passport, full stop. And entering Ireland/the UK without a passport is of course impossible if you require a visa in the first place.

If you use a keep your passport service (where you keep your passport while the application is in process and return it to get stamped), and don't return your passport for stamping, your visa application will be refused, even if it had been approved in the first place.

Will it help if I get by email and print the positive visa decision that Irish embassy sends?

This doesn't happen, visa decisions are never sent by email (this will likely only happen in Australia/NZ where all visas are fully electronic, and no stamps are applied) but are carried in sealed letters, along with the stamped (or not if refused) travel document to the visa center. Neither you nor the visa center know what the decision is before you get your passport and open it.

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