US citizens, when first planning a visit to Ireland, may ask: "Will I have to apply for a visa"? The answer is no -- if you are a citizen of the United States, and a valid passport holder, you do not need a visa to travel to Ireland. This answer assumes that:
- You have a currently valid U.S. passport
- You will be staying for no longer than three months
Note that you will be able to travel freely between Ireland and Northern Ireland. There is no physical border between the two countries. For more information, see: What is the difference between Ireland and Northern Ireland?
Booking a Vacation
Just to be clear, if you are a current US passport holder and want to book, say, a one-week or two-week vacation to Ireland, including Northern Ireland, you would not need a visa.
If You're Concerned
If you have specific requirements or queries (e.g. you are living in the USA but not a citizen), you can check this official Irish Government website for more details: Ireland Citizens Information - Visa Requirements Alternatively, contact your nearest Irish Embassy in the USA to help you with any other concerns. Here is an official list of the all Irish embassies in the United States, with contact details: Irish Department of Foreign Affairs - List of US Embassies
A United States passport. Image by bryansblog.