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Welcome to the Thinkireland.ru website!
This portal has been created to provide an online source of information that will help you find out a lot more about Ireland. All of the Embassy staff and the representatives of the Irish state agencies are always ready to assist with any enquiries you might have.
Please feel free to contact us through the “Get in Touch” link on this website.
We will be updating the site regularly with relevant information about visas, events, and ways to get involved with the Irish community in Moscow, Russia, and the CIS.
ADRIAN MC DAID
Ambassador of Ireland, Moscow
Ireland - the furthest edge of continental Europe, 2800km west of Moscow. To the east, the island of Great Britain. To the west, beyond Ireland's huge continental shelf, the vast Atlantic, and the trading routes of Vikings and Celts, leading to the far off lands of Iceland, Greenland, and North America.
In 2010, President Mary McAleese made an official visit to Russia during which she met then President Medvedev and visited both Moscow and St. Petersburg.
over 40 years of diplomatic relations between Russia and Ireland.
Ireland has maintained close diplomatic relations with the Russian Federation for over forty years, but diplomatic, economic and cultural links, as well as personal connections, extend long before this.
The relationship between Ireland and Russia has flourished in recent years, as exemplified by the visit of the then President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, to Russia in 2010, the deepening trade relationship reflected in a very active Ireland-Russia Joint Economic Commission, and numerous very successful cultural visits and activities on both sides.
Ireland has an Embassy in Moscow headed by Ambassador Adrian McDaid, which includes a Consulate/Visa Office, a Trade Section represented by Enterprise Ireland, and local representation of Irish agencies Bord Bia (food) and IDA (FDI).
There are also Honorary Consulates in St Petersburg, and Almaty, Kazakhstan.
There are 6 international airports around the island of Ireland. During the summer months, there are direct flights from Moscow to Dublin.
The Newgrange passage tomb in County Meath was constructed around 3200 BC, making it more than 600 years older than the Giza Pyramids in Egypt.
Come and experience the world famous Irish hospitality. Centuries of tradition will add flavour to our freshly caught seafood, Irish beef, pork and lamb, and your stay in an Irish castle (or Irish breakfast in a local B&B).
When you have decided to visit Ireland for business, education or relaxation, and need to make arrangements to travel here, the process is very straightforward.
We have excellent international airports at Dublin, Shannon, Cork, Waterford and Belfast with connections worldwide, including to Moscow during the summer months, with many options for connecting flights from Russia that will take you to our shores.
As Ireland is not part of Schengen, an Irish visa issued by the Embassy of Ireland Consulate in Moscow is required. You can also travel to Ireland on a UK visa which has been validated by UK Border Control within the last 6 months (N.B. a UK transit visa is required for connections to Ireland through the UK, even if you have a valid travel visa to Ireland ).
The online visa application process for Irish visas is straightforward. Passports can be submitted by post, making visas for applicants from the regions of Russia much simpler. Please find further information here.
To plan your trip, visit discoverireland.ie for fantastic itinerary ideas, accommodation and details of festivals and other events happening in Ireland.
Take a gourmet culinary tour of Ireland, re-energise yourself in one of our many beautiful spas and hotels; stay in an ancient castle; walk in the footsteps of some of Ireland’s greatest literary giants; take surfing or diving lessons in the fresh and revitalising waters of the Atlantic; learn some Irish dance steps, experience the warm hospitality of an Irish family in a Bed & Breakfast; buy some unique Irish gifts, including the world-famous Irish crystal; visit some of Dublin’s pubs and nightclubs – the list is almost endless… You could also include some of our world famous attractions such as The Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle, Newgrange, and the Burren National Park.
While in Ireland you can travel around very easily by car, train, plane or bus. Ireland’s road system is excellent and most places are within two hours drive of our major cities. Accommodation options are varied, including staying at guesthouses, castles, hotels and even lighthouses! No matter how you travel around the country, we are sure you will love every exhilarating and magical minute! We look forward to giving you a warm Irish welcome.
The visa department in the Embassy of Ireland provides an efficient & friendly visa service.
Ireland’s visa office in Moscow endeavours to process your visa application efficiently, and with the minimum documentation, especially if you have a travel history to Ireland. Our priority is to assess applications quickly, bearing in mind an applicant’s travel plans.
The Irish Embassy visa office in Moscow accepts visa applications from citizens of the Russian Federation, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. For citizens of Ukraine, please click here for details on where to apply.
Visa Waiver Scheme
Ireland currently offers a visa waiver programme that allows Russian citizens with a valid, UK visa that has been validated by UK border control within the last 6 months to travel onwards from the UK for a short-term stay to Ireland. Click here for more information.
Short Stay Visas
Long Stay Visas
Business Multi-Entry Visas
Ireland is home to 9 of the top 10 global software companies, 8 of the top 10 global technology companies and 10 of the top born on the internet companies.
Ireland is Russia's 9th largest trading partner..
Ireland starts from a position of strength from a business point of view.
Our strategic position as the central axis between the American and European markets places us right at the heart of the trading world.
With a tradition of excellence in innovation, and a highly developed work force, Ireland ranks 1st worldwide as a centre for innovation, internationalisation, and quality of life.
According to both Forbes magazine and The World Bank’s ‘Doing Business’ list, Ireland is the #1 most supportive business environment in the euro zone.
Ireland has been a member of the EU for almost forty years and is home to:
Ireland’s three main trade agencies – Enterprise Ireland (goods and services exports, innovation and start-up support), the Industrial Development Authority (foreign direct investment in the MNC/large corporation category), and Bord Bia (food exports and promotion) – all have permanent representation in Russia.
Ireland, in 2014, was ranked as Russia’s 9th largest trading partner, with Russia being Ireland’s 17th most important international, and 6th most important non-EU export market. While economic ups-and-downs distort these positions, analysis of long-term trends shows a resilient, mutually advantageous economic partnership.
Over 150,000 students from all over the world come to Ireland to study English each year.
There are 7 universities and 14 institutes of education. On average, the cost of getting an education in Ireland is 20% lower than the equivalent education in the United Kingdom.
Whether choosing a destination for a short-term language course or a home away from home, Ireland has something to appeal to everyone. With a flexible visa system and competitively priced courses, Ireland is within your reach.
Kick-start your career not only by obtaining a degree from one of our historic and prestigious universities but by gaining work experience in the European home of leading IT, pharmaceutical and financial service companies such as Google, Pfizer and JP Morgan through our new work-permit scheme for graduates. Further information about this scheme can be found in English here.
Experience the warmth of an Irish welcome, embrace our culture and draw parallels between Irish and Russian characters.
Ireland is a centre of innovation excellence. We have a strong history of important inventions, some of which can be seen in this section.
Ireland has produced some of the Western world’s most acclaimed writers: James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, and William Butler Yeats, to name a few. Ireland’s literature is the third oldest in all of Europe, after Greek and Latin.
The Vikings founded Dublin in 988. The Newgrange passage tomb in County Meath was constructed around 3200 BC, making it more than 600 years older than the Giza Pyramids in Egypt, and 1,000 years older than Stonehenge. The Cliffs of Moher are Europe’s highest cliffs and overlook the Atlantic Ocean.
There are over 34 million Americans and nearly half of the population of Australia with Irish ancestry. According to some historians, over 40% of all American presidents, including John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, and Barack Obama, have Irish ancestry.
Irish actors have always held centre stage in Hollywood
Irish roots: George Clooney, Ben Affleck, Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Mickey Rourke, Mel Gibson, Grace Kelly, Mischa Barton, Bill Murray and Anne Hathaway.
The world of literature
The list of renowned Irish writers goes on and on: James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, William Butler Yeats, Samuel Beckett, Seamus Heaney, George Bernard Shaw, Jonathan Swift and Bram Stoker, to name but a few.
As well as our famous traditional Irish music and dance, Ireland is a world leader across all music types, with artists like U2, Sinead O’Connor, One Direction, The Cranberries, Westlife, Enya, Van Morrison, The Dubliners, Rory Gallagher, Bob Geldof, and Chris De Burgh.