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Ireland Tourist Visa for Ecuador citizens: Everything you need to know
10 min read
Updated on May 14, 2024

Ireland is a beautiful country known for its stunning landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and vibrant cities, which attract visitors worldwide. If you are an Ecuadorian citizen planning to visit this nation, you need to apply for the Irish Visa before your trip.

To help facilitate your experience, this guide will provide essential information about the Irish Visa application process for Ecuadorian citizens.

Apply easily through our online platform or our user-friendly iVisa app to successfully get your Irish Visa!

Ireland Giant Causeway

Do Ecuadorian citizens need a Tourist Visa for Ireland?

Yes, if you hold citizenship in Ecuador and plan to visit Ireland, you must get a visa. Additionally, if you are traveling with children under 18, a parent or legal guardian must apply for a tourist visa on their behalf.

To simplify the application process for your family, you can apply together using our platform. Simply click on 'Add another person' during the application process, and we will ensure that each person's application is carefully reviewed. Each applicant will get a separate decision.

What is the Ireland Tourist Visa for Ecuadorian citizens?

The Ireland Visitor Visa, also known as the short stay 'C' visit (tourist) visa, is a paper visa specifically intended for eligible travelers who desire to explore Ireland.

When applying for the Ireland Tourist Visa online, it’s crucial to clearly state the purpose of your visit so that the immigration officer can accurately evaluate your eligibility. Under this visa, Ecuadorian citizens can:

  • Visit the country as tourists

  • Meet family and friends

  • Get married

  • Do a short-term educational course

  • Seek medical treatment

If you need info on how to apply for work visas or residence permits, check the Irish government’s website.

Types of Ireland Visas available for Ecuadorian citizens

There are two types of Ireland tourist visas available:

  • Single-entry visa: You can easily apply for this visa type on our website or through our app. Once approved, the Single Entry visa is valid for 90 days from the date of issuance and allows a maximum stay of 90 days Per Entry in the Republic of Ireland. It’s important to note that this visa permits a single visit to the country.

  • Multiple-entry visa: Currently, we do not offer the option to apply for a multiple-entry visa through our platform. This type of visa is suitable for travelers who intend to visit Ireland multiple times within the visa's validity period. Additional supporting documents may be required for this visa category.

Suppose your plans include visiting Northern Ireland from the Republic of Ireland and then returning (to Ireland) to catch a flight back home, in that case you would need both a UK Visa and a multiple-entry Irish Visa.

To learn more about the application process for a multiple-entry visa, please contact the Ireland Embassy for detailed information.

Ireland Visa requirements for Ecuadorian citizens

When applying for the Ireland Visa from Ecuador, the following documents are required:

  • Valid passport: It must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your planned departure date from Ireland and contain two blank pages for visa stickers or stamps.

  • Two color passport photos: If you need a government-compliant photo, use our affordable digital photo service from the comfort of your own home.

  • Proof of enough funds: Provide bank statements proving you can pay for your trip to Ireland. Include a letter explaining large amounts of money being transferred to or from your account.

  • Cover letter: An application letter clearly stating the travel purpose, which can be supported by documentation.

  • Strong ties to your home country: Provide evidence to show strong connections and ties to Ecuador, such as recent payslips, a letter from your employer, registration at your college or university, proof of property ownership or a rental agreement in your name, or details showing close ties with immediate family members in your home country.

  • Proof of accommodation: Provide confirmations of booked accommodation or proof of address from your host in Ireland.

  • In some cases, the Ireland visa officer may request travel medical insurance to make a decision. Please note that having travel insurance is a requirement to enter Ireland, regardless of whether it’s asked for during the application process.

  • When applying for the Ireland Tourist Visa in a different country than that of your citizenship, you must have proof of legal residency status there.

  • If you have received a previous rejection for an Ireland Tourist Visa or other visa, or have been deported from any country in the past, you must disclose the reasons and supporting documents.

It’s recommended not to book round-trip flight reservations before receiving a visa decision.

Additional required documents based on your travel purpose

According to the given travel purpose, the following documents are also required:

Visiting family and/or friends:

  • Invitation letter from your host, describing why they are inviting you to Ireland, the dates they plan to see you, and an explanation of how they know you.


  • Study plan, including the start and end dates of the course and a registration confirmation letter.

  • Invitation letter from the educational institution.

Getting married:

  • Acknowledgement from the Registrar confirming the date of receipt of notification of intention to marry or enter into a civil partnership, and the Marriage Registration Form (MRF).

  • Proof of your relationship history, including a divorce or dissolution of civil partnership certificate from any previous relationships.

Medical treatment:

  • Letter from your referring hospital.

  • Letter from a private hospital in Ireland.

  • Letter stating your travel itinerary from Ecuador to Ireland.

All documents must be in English (or be accompanied by a notarized translation).

Financial requirements for Ecuador citizens

The funds required for an Ireland visa application are not specified. However, it’s important to show that you have enough money to cover your flights to the country, daily expenses, and planned activities according to the given reason for your trip:

  • It is advised to purchase travel health insurance to show you’re covered for medical expenses in Ireland.

If you’re self-funding your visit, include an up-to-date bank statement. Here are the key details that should be shown on said statement:

  • The statement should be an original document issued on official bank paper. If you provide a printed internet statement, it must be certified by your bank.

  • Your name and address should be mentioned on it.

  • The statement should display your bank account number and specify the type of account, such as a checking/current account or a savings and deposit account.

  • It should present a comprehensive overview of incoming and outgoing transactions in your account over the past six months.

  • If you are submitting a bank statement from a savings and deposit account, you must include an original letter from your bank on their official letterhead. This letter should confirm your ability to withdraw funds from that account.

If a friend or family member in Ireland will be financially contributing to your trip, estimate the amount they will be spending. Specify what expenses they will cover, such as the cost of plane tickets.

  • Your friend or family member must demonstrate their financial capability by providing bank statements, payslips, and a letter from their employer. These requirements also apply to other friends or family members supporting your visit.

By providing these documents and providing the necessary financial documents, you can improve your visa application.

Additional documents for minors and/or children traveling to Ireland

If you’re planning to go to Ireland with a minor or child under 18 years old, provide the following documents as well:

  • The original birth certificate.

  • Copy of both parents’ passports.

  • If the minor travels with one of the parents or legal guardians, present a copy of the other parent/legal guardian’s passport or ID and a consent letter.

  • If one of the minor's parents has sole custody, present the original court order granting custody to the appointed parent.

  • If one of the parents has deceased, present the official death certificate.

If the minor is traveling with someone other than their parent or legal guardian, or traveling alone, provide the following documents:

  • Consent letter signed by both parents or legal guardians for each minor.

  • Copy of both parents' passports or IDs.

Step-by-step guide to applying for the Ireland Tourist Visa in Ecuador

Apply for the Ireland Visa easily via our website or our user-friendly iVisa app. Just follow these simple steps:

  • Step 1: Fill out your basic details, travel itinerary, and passport details and double-check all info before proceeding to the payment.

  • Step 2: Make the iVisa processing fee payment securely online with a credit/debit card, PayPal, Venmo, or Amazon Pay.

  • Step 3: Fill out the rest of the required info in our simplified application form, visit the embassy or application center near you with the required documents and pay the government visa fees. We’ll make the appointment on your behalf!

Then, wait for the response of the Irish immigration authorities and get ready to travel!

Benefits of applying for the Ireland Visa with us

The following benefits are included in our processing fee:

  • 100% government-compliant: Our team of iVisa Experts will review all your info to ensure it’s 100% compliant with government requirements.

  • Unlimited access to our iVisa Experts: Our iVisa Experts will guide you through the application process and answer any questions.

  • Simplified form: Visa applications can be confusing and tedious. At iVisa, we’ll only include relevant questions, making the application shorter and hassle-free.

  • Fill out at your own pace: Save your progress, make changes, and come back to it later whenever you need a break.

  • Step-by-step guide: Apply with us and receive an exclusive manual with all the tips to answer difficult sections and get your visa without problems.

Ireland Tourist Visa costs and processing time for Ecuadorian citizens

The costs and processing of the Irish Visa application are divided into two parts:

1. iVisa processing: Our processing fee of USD $240.99 includes numerous benefits, such as a simplified application form, full guidance from our team of experts, and a careful review of your application.

2. Government processing: After we’ve submitted your application, the government processing time is around 8 weeks, depending on your situation. The visa fee for a single-entry visa is US$65, which can be paid during your appointment (in some cases it can be paid online).

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Tips for a successful Irish Tourist Visa application in Ecuador

By following the below expert tips, you’ll increase your chances of a successful Ireland Tourist Visa application:

1. Plan ahead: Start the application process at least two months in advance to allow enough time for gathering all documents, completing the application form, and meeting any other requirements.

2. Understand all requirements: Make sure you know the specific requirements for the Ireland Tourist Visa and meet the eligibility criteria.

3. Complete the application accurately: Fill out the visa application form with accurate and up-to-date details about yourself and your trip. Double-check your info before submitting it!

4. Financial documents: Demonstrate proof of sufficient funds to cover your travels in Ireland. If someone else is supporting you for your trip, also include their financial documents.

5. Authentic documents: Ensure that all supporting documents, such as bank statements, employment letters, and accommodation proofs, are original and issued by the appropriate authorities. Certified copies and official letterheads may be required.

6. Show ties to your home country: Proving that you have strong ties to your home country is important to assure the visa authorities that you have reasons to return home before your visa expires.

Common reasons for Ireland Tourist Visa rejections in Ecuador

Knowing the common reasons for visa refusals can help avoid mistakes for a smooth application:

  • You didn’t show that you have the financial resources to cover your travel expenses in Ireland.

  • You failed to provide convincing evidence that you’ll return home.

  • You did not include all forms, documentation, and visa requirements, or they are not meeting the criteria or were incorrectly filled out.

  • You have a history of immigration or visa violations, such as overstaying a visa in another country, and failed to disclose this during your application.

  • Your passport validity does not meet the requirements of at least 6 months beyond your planned departure date from Ireland.

What to expect after submitting the Ireland Tourist Visa application in Ecuador

Here is a breakdown of what to expect in the next stages of the process once the Ireland Travel Visa application has been submitted:

  • Request for additional documents: Sometimes, the visa officer may request additional documents or information to support your application. If this happens, promptly provide the requested documents within the specified timeframe.

  • Visa decision: Once the visa is approved, you will be notified via email. You’ll also be notified if additional steps are required or of the reasons for rejection.

  • Passport collection: If your visa application is approved, you can collect your passport from the visa office. Follow the instructions to retrieve your passport, ensuring you have the necessary documentation (such as the collection receipt) for identification purposes.

Do you have more questions about the Ireland Tourist Visa?

If you need help with the application, reach out to our customer service team via online chat or email at [email protected]. They are available anytime to guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have!

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