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Important Information

  • The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared next week Monday, 14th June 2021, as a public holiday to mark this Democracy Day Celebration.

    Please note that our Visa Application Centers in Abuja and Lagos will be closed on this day and we will resume on Wednesday 16th June 2021.


    With immediate effect only Emergency/Priority cases will be accepted in Lagos and Abuja Visa application centers as instructed by the Ireland Embassy.

    Please proceed with appointment booking only if you fall under Emergency/Priority category. Below are the list of categories which will be considered as Emergency/Priority cases.

    1. People travelling for business/employment purposes and granted an employment permit by Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment to meet an enterprise’s key business;
    2. patients travelling for imperative medical reasons;
    3. transport workers or transport service providers, including drivers of freight vehicles carrying goods for use in the territory as well as those merely transiting;
    4. pupils, students and trainees who travel abroad on a daily basis and Third-country nationals travelling for the purpose of 3rd level study;
    5. Join Family applications;
    6. Preclearance applications from De Facto Partner of an Irish National, De Facto Partner of a Critical Skills Employment Permit Holder, or of a non EEA Researcher on a Hosting Agreement and Family members looking to join a UK National in Ireland;
    7. persons travelling for imperative family or business reasons;
    8. Persons entitled to avail of the provision of the EU Free Movement Directive;
    9. diplomats, staff of international organisations and people invited by international organisations whose physical presence is required for the well-functioning of these organisations, military personnel and police officers, and humanitarian aid workers and civil protection personnel in the exercise of their functions;
    10. passengers in transit;
    11. seafarers;
    12. journalists, when performing their duties.

    For any other Emergency Short Stay Visa, please contact the Embassy for guidance.


  • Applicants are requested to carry One set of original documents,and one set of copies in black and white clearly readable. For example- Copies of all supporting documents, Visa Application form, Passport bio page and pages that have valid/expired visas, stamps and Blank Pages. You can chose to avail photocopy service at VFS centers by paying additional cost. Refer to the additional services page to know the charges.
  • Due to increasing travel restrictions globally as a result of COVID-19, and in the interests of the health and safety of our staff and applicants alike, Irish authorities have taken the decision to temporarily cease Visa application centre operations in Nigeria, effective from close of business 20 March 2020. This suspension also applies to visa applications for which an appointment has already been made. We will contact you to reschedule your appointment when we resume visa application centre operations.

    The re-opening of the centres will be subject to notifications from central, provincial and city authorities, as well as Irish authorities, so please return to this page for further updates. For further information you may visit the website of the Irish Immigration Service or the website of the Embassy of Ireland in Nigeria

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