What is the change? Ireland’s visa application centers in China have closed until Feb. 16 because of the coronavirus outbreak.

What does the change mean? Visa-required nationals applying for an Irish entry visa will not be able to complete application requirements in China.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate.
  • Visas/permits affected: Tourist/business/work visas and work permits.
  • Who is affected: Visa-required nationals in China and their employers.
  • Business impact: Employers of Chinese nationals may experience delays affecting employee mobility.
  • Next steps: Employers should anticipate further restrictions regarding Chinese nationals and travel from China.

Analysis & Comments: While it will still be possible to apply for an Irish visa online in the normal manner, the temporary closures mean that applicants will experience delays in securing an appointment time at a center to have their biometrics taken. In some cases, existing appointments may also need to be rescheduled, in which case, VFS will contact applicants directly. The response to the coronavirus continues to evolve, and Deloitte will alert clients to additional changes or restrictions as needed.

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