The Minister for Justice has announced that the Department of Justice will accept the Olympic accreditation document issued by the London Olympics Organising Committee (LOCOG) to competitors, coaches, officials and media representatives in lieu of an Irish visa.
The waiver applies to visits to or transit through Ireland for the period leading up to and during the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London this summer.
The waiver period will commence on 30 March 2012 and conclude on 8 November 2012. There are certain conditions attaching to the arrangement:
- Arrival in the State:will only be permitted at Dublin and Shannon Airports
- Permission to stay in Ireland will be no more than 90 days.
The details of the proposal were agreed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of the Department of Justice and Equality and the Garda National Immigration Bureau in consultations with LOCOG and the UK Border Agency.
Full text of the Department of Justice briefing is at the following link: