I have a Tier 2 General UK visa which is valid until 2019. Can I travel to Ireland (Dublin, Belfast) without an Irish visa? It would be for a short holiday.

  • This is only for a Holiday (2-5 days)
    – Shilpa
    Nov 1 '16 at 16:42
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    Yes, that's fine. Also the Isle of Man and the Islands are fine.
    – Gayot Fow
    Nov 1 '16 at 17:39

You need a visa to enter the Republic of Ireland unless you are in a visa exempt nationality.

As a general rule UK visas and leave to enter or remain in the UK are not valid for Ireland as it's a different country. Certain holders of UK visas qualify for a visa waiver but that's limited to certain nationalities, and according to the Irish immigration authorities only applies to short-stay UK visas.

You could take a trip to Northern Ireland on you visa as this does not involve leaving the UK.

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