Ireland opens new visa application centre in United Arab Emirates
Miriam Hughes, visa office manager at the embassy of Ireland in the UAE, Irish ambassador to the UAE, Paul Kavanagh, and Melvin Duart Dsouza, head of operations, UAE & Iran, for VFS Global

Ireland opens new visa application centre in United Arab Emirates

The embassy of Ireland has opened the United Arab Emirates’ first external visa application centre in partnership with VFS Global.

Operations at the new centre in Abu Dhabi are now live.

All non-UAE nationals who are based in the UAE and who require a visa in order to enter Ireland will no longer need to visit the embassy and instead should route their visa applications through VFS Global’s centre located in Abu Dhabi.

Opening the visa application centre, ambassador of Ireland to the UAE, Paul Kavanagh, said: “The new external visa application centre located in Abu Dhabi and operated by VFS Global will provide an excellent streamlined service for non-UAE Nationals who are based in the UAE and who require a visa in order to enter Ireland.”

UAE Nationals wishing to visit Ireland are exempt from all visa requirements.

The Ireland visa application centre in the UAE is the third outsourced processing centre of Ireland in the GCC Region in partnership with VFS Global, which now operates such centres for Ireland in 15 countries across the world.

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The VFS Global visa application centre for Ireland in Abu Dhabi is located at Level 25, Shining Tower on Mubarak bin Mohammed Street next to Khalidiyah Mall.

Commenting on the launch, Vinay Malhotra, regional group chief executive officer for Middle East, south Asia and China, VFS Global, said: “The VFS Global visa application centre for Ireland will offer seamless convenience to expatriates based in the UAE.

“The UAE accounts for a predominant share among all visa applicants from the entire GCC.

“Our endeavour will be to offer best-in-class visa services with utmost efficiency to ensure a delightful customer experience.”

The visa application centre is managed by professionals who are trained to provide secure and time-efficient processing of entry permit requirements in a friendly ambience.

Applicants can also opt for the comfort of a Premium Lounge for more personalised service.