I have a valid work permit and have been working in Sweden for 6 months. I want to visit the Republic of Ireland. What is the visa requirement for this?


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Your Swedish work and residence permit is irrelevant.

To visit the Republic of Ireland as an Indian citizen, you need to obtain a visa in advance. You can find information about how to apply from the Irish embassy in Sweden.

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    I would expect the permit to be very much relevant in the process, but only indirectly. For a Swedish legal resident, the suspicion of illegal immigration would be reduced quite a lot.
    – o.m.
    Commented Nov 8, 2023 at 16:00
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    And yes, it is somewhat absurd that Ireland doesn't just let Schengen visa holders enter without a visa, but sadly bureaucracy is not built on logic.
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Nov 8, 2023 at 18:08
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    @Traveller The CTA is not significantly different from the Nordic Passport Union and there, they managed to overlap the Schengen Area with the passport union, even by letting non-EU members join the Schengen area. If Ireland and UK had wanted to join Schengen, it would have been possible to find a solution without the CTA being a problem. Commented Nov 9, 2023 at 9:12
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    @Tor-EinarJarnbjo They key difference is that the UK does not wish to be in the Schengen area. The non-EU countries in the Nordic passport union could be included in Schengen only because they were OK with that. The CTA basically means that Ireland has to mirror the UK’s border policies as far as movement of people goes.
    – Mike Scott
    Commented Nov 9, 2023 at 13:44
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    @Traveller you can recognize Schengen visas without being a part of the Schengen area. Plenty of countries do so, including Bulgaria and Romania.
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Nov 9, 2023 at 14:41

As a visa-national you require a visa to travel to the Republic of Ireland regardless of where you reside, unless you have an in date EUFAM card, or a BIVS visa.

Source Irish Immigration

  • or a BIVS visa a regular UK visa may also be accepted under the Irish short stay visa waiver programme, if it has first been used to enter the UK.
    – MJeffryes
    Commented Nov 8, 2023 at 16:40

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