We remain operational for consular assistance services for Irish citizens in the Southeast of the U.S. To contact us call +1 404 554 4980 and leave a message or email us at email@example.com
Provision of consular services by email and phone continues as normal. In person appointments will be facilitated in emergency circumstances, but they will need to be booked in advance.
If you need emergency assistance over the weekend or outside of office hours, please contact us on +1 404 554 4980 and leave a message. Our answering machine is monitored regularly and a Duty Officer will contact you as soon as possible.
Official Travel Advice
The Government of Ireland now recommends against all non-essential international travel, including to the United States.
We recommend Irish citizens currently in the US who normally reside in Ireland to make arrangements to return home ASAP. We are advising those on short-term visas (including short-term J1 visas) who risk losing employment, financial security & access to health care to return to Ireland. We ask Irish citizens remaining abroad to make decisions that safeguard their health and well-being and that they follow local public health and safety requirements (links below to Southeastern USA departments of public health). We ask that they also remain in close contact with family, friends and the Consulate.
The U.S. Government has introduced restrictions on travel to the US from Ireland (see below) but there are no such official restrictions on flights from the US to Ireland. Irish citizens, and many others who are normally authorised to travel to Ireland, are free to leave the US on any scheduled flights from a US airport.
However, while several transatlantic flights to Dublin continue to operate, this is a fast-moving situation. The numbers of transatlantic flights and flights within Europe are reducing. We strongly encourage all Irish citizens and residents wishing to return to Ireland to make provision to do so now.
You should book or make changes to your existing bookings directly with your airline. You should check regularly with your airline’s website for status updates and for any additional information they may require before you can board. We strongly recommend that you do not travel to an airport without a confirmed booking.
The Irish health authorities require anyone coming into Ireland, apart from Northern Ireland, to self-isolate for 14 days. This includes Irish residents. Upon arrival in Ireland, you will need to complete a Public Health Passenger Locator Form.
Please refer to the Irish health service Covid-19 advice page
for further information on these requirements.
Coronavirus in the U.S
Multiple cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed across the Southeast and other parts of the United States.
Please refer to the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organisation for latest updates on the outbreak at national level and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for Ireland’s official travel advice.
Latest information for the response in the Southeast of the United States is available through the following State resources:
Georgia: Website, Twitter, Facebook
Florida: Website, Twitter, Facebook
North Carolina: Website, Twitter, Facebook
South Carolina: Website, Twitter, Facebook
Tennessee: Website, Twitter, Facebook
Mississippi: Website, Twitter, Facebook
Alabama: Website, Twitter, Facebook
Irish citizens can access local up-to-date information on other parts of the United States via our Embassy in Washington and our Consulates General in Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.
U.S. Travel Restrictions
As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak the US has implemented special entry restrictions for their territory.
As detailed in the US President's Proclamation of 14 March, from 11.59 EST Monday 16 March, entry into the US will be restricted for those travelling from Ireland and the UK. Non-US nationals, including Irish nationals, who have visited or resided in Ireland or the UK for any period in the 14 days prior to their travel to the US will be denied entry, unless they are legal permanent residents of the US (i.e. green card holders), or are the spouse or child of a US national or permanent resident, or the sibling of same, providing both are under 21 years of age. Transit through the United States is considered entry to the United States.
This extends the coverage of measures the US President announced in the Proclamation of Friday 13 March, restricting entry to the USA of non-US nationals who had visited or resided in Schengen Area countries over the same period, and Proclamations published on 31 January and 29 February, respectively restricting travel from China and Iran.
Non-US nationals with legal permanent residence in the US (i.e. Green Card holders) and their immediate family, as well as the immediate family (spouse and children) of US nationals, are not restricted from entering the US. However, if travelling from a restricted country they will now be required to enter the US through one of thirteen designated airports and will undergo additional screening on arrival. Further information can be found here.
In addition to federal restrictions, there are a number of restrictive measures in place at the state or city level. Irish citizens residing in the Southeast of the US or who are visiting this area, are advised to follow the advice of the local authorities, consult the resources listed on this page and can consult the Consulate General of Ireland in Atlanta.