Ireland in Tunisia
The assassination of a political leader of one of the
opposition parties on 6th February 2013 sparked
unrest throughout the country. The situation has now
calmed down, however visitors and residents should still
exercise caution and remain alert.
Ireland is represented by an Honorary Consul in Tunis.
The Honorary Consulate will be closed on Tuesday 9th April
Passport applications can be made via the Consulate.
For correspondence by post:
Honorary Consul of Ireland
Rue Laroussi Haddad
Z.I Sidi Rezig
To call in person:
Honorary Consul of Ireland
39 Avenue Kheireddine Pacha
Telephone: +216 71 188 793
Fax: +216 71 188 739
Honorary Consul Moncef Mzabi
Assistant: Mrs. Latifa Bamri
Opening hours: 08.30 - 12.00
Visa Applications in Tunisia
Applicants residing in Tunisia should now only apply online
(Tunisia is listed in the supported countries section on the
Naturalisation & Immigration Service site).
To launch an on-line application please click here.
Applicants are reminded that completing the on-line application
form is only the first step in the visa application process. An
application can only be processed when the on-line form is
completed AND the required backing documentation, passport
photograph and appropriate fee are received by the relevant
office as indicated by the on-line system.
It is no longer possible to apply using a downloaded/paper
INFORMATION NOTE TO ASSIST APPLICANTS
An information note has been prepared to assist applicants. This is
available in English, and also in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Turkish and Urdu.
All visa applications from Tunisia will be routed to the Irish Visa
Office based at the Embassy of Ireland in Abu Dhabi,
UAE, for processing. The actual decision on your visa will be
made in the Visa Office in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
When you have completed the on line application and have all of the
accompanying papers you can lodge the application with the Honorary
Consul in Tunis at the address provided above. The Honorary Consul
will send your papers to the Embassy in the UAE on your
behalf, having undertaken an initial examination of all the papers.
You will be contacted by the Consulate when a decision has been
made on your application.
In advance of beginning your visa application on line, please
consult the homepage of INIS, www.inis.gov.ie for full information
regarding the documentation required to accompany your visa
You must also ensure that all the required
supporting documentation accompanies your visa application
otherwise your visa application cannot be processed or will be
delayed. It is your responsibility to ensure you have sent
our Visa Office all the necessary documents in order for a decision
to be made. You will find the list of supporting documentation
required for the main types of visas here.
Elsewhere on this site you will find information leaflets for the
most commonly sought visas in the region which may be of assistance
· On line summary
sheet (sign at consulate)
· 2 passport – size
colour photos (requirements on www.inis.gov.ie site)
· Cover note
(detailing the visa sought and whether travelling with family or
not) include your telephone number
· All of the
necessary supporting documentation as detailed on www.inis.gov.ie site
· Postage service
· You should note
that a single entry visa will normally only be granted therefore if
you apply for a multiple entry visa it may not be granted to you. A
multiple entry visa is granted only in very specific circumstances.
You must provide your on-line summary sheet and sign it at the
consulate, two passport sized colour photos will also be required
along with all of the necessary documentation including your
passport (if you have a new passport the previous passport should
also be provided). You should also provide a cover note detailing
the type of visa you are seeking, you should also mention in the
cover note if you are travelling with other members of your family.
If you are travelling with children you must complete an on line
application for each child. If the child is included in your
passport the sticker for the child will be affixed to your
Only when you have checked the requirements for the visa you are
seeking and have all of the necessary papers should you provide the
documents to the consulate.
Unless you are residing in or visiting the UAE your passport
should not be sent to the Visa Office in Abu Dhabi . You
should present your passport and supporting documentation to
support your visa application to the Honorary Consulate in Tunis.
Your visa will be issued locally at the Honorary Consulate in
Tunis once a decision has been made by the Visa Office in Abu
Dhabi. The staff at the Honorary Consulate in Tunis will advise you
in relation to what documents are required including original
documents if necessary.
It takes approximately 2-3 weeks to process a visa request.
If you are refused the visa you may appeal this decision. Appeals
should be lodged with the Consulate in Tunis, for onward
transmission to the Embassy of Ireland in Abu Dhabi, UAE, within a
2 month period of the date of your refusal letter. Appeals
should concentrate on the reason/s for refusal of the visa at
All decisions following assessment will be provided to the
Consulate in Tunis for onward posting or collection of the visa.
If my application has been turned down, how do I appeal the
If you are refused a visa you may appeal this
decision in writing only to the Visa Appeals Officer
Visa Appeals Officer
Embassy of Ireland
1 and 2 Khalifa Al Suwaidi Development
19th (off 32nd Street)
P.O. Box 61581
United Arab Emirates
Any further information or additional documentation which you wish
to have taken into account should be sent for the attention of the
Visa Appeals Officer. Provision of such additional documentation
will be considered but does not guarantee approval of the
application. The visa reference number must be quoted on all future
correspondence along with your name and nationality.
How do I lodge an appeal?
Appeals must be in written
form and posted to the Visa Appeals Officer at the above address.
Faxed or emailed appeals will not be considered. No appeal will
be allowed if you are found to have given false or misleading
information in any part of your application.
Is there a time limit?
Yes, you should submit your appeal within 2 months of the refusal
How much does it cost?
There is no charge for an appeal against refusal of a visa.
What happens when I make my appeal?
On receipt of the appeal the Appeals Officer will review the
application again, taking account of any further comments you have
made in the grounds of appeal and of any supporting documentation.
On examination and review the original decision may be reversed. If
the Appeals Officer does not alter the decision, you will be
notified in writing.
How long will my appeal take?
4-6 weeks from receipt of appeal.
ENQUIRING ABOUT THE STATUS OF AN
Once your application has been accepted by the visa office please
do not contact the office to enquire about the
status of your application as once a decision has been made it will
be communicated to you by the Honorary Consulate, Embassy or Visa
Office depending on where you submitted your application.
Should a visa application be refused the Visa Office will send you
a letter outlining the reasons for the refusal. Under no
circumstances will the visa office discuss with an applicant the
reasons for a refused visa application once the refusal letter is
issued. If you are unhappy with the reasons given for the
refusal of your visa application you have the right to submit a
written appeal to the Visa Office in Abu Dhabi within 2 months of
receiving the refusal letter.
Phone and Email Queries:
Information on Irish visa requirements and queries about the
requirements for supporting documentation can be obtained by
calling 00 971 2 4958200. This number is open for queries from
8.30am until 1.30 pm, Sunday – Thursday only. Urgent queries
outside of normal working hours can be dealt with by calling 00 971
2 4958200. Please do not contact this number unless your query
cannot wait until the next morning.
You can email the Visa Office in relaiton to your visa
applicaiton at: ABUDHABIVisaStaff@dfa.ie.
We will respond to visa queries within 1-2 working days of