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Latest COVID-19 Travel Advice

Latest COVID-19 Travel Advice

LAST UPDATED: 23 September 2021 at 15:30pm CST

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) during COVID-19

The rules around travel at this time are subject to change at short notice. Please read this information carefully and continue to check for any updates before your journey. 

 

On this webpage you can find answers to the following questions:

 

  • 1. What are the rules for travel from the US to Ireland? 
  • 2. I am a U.S. citizen in the U.S., can I travel to Ireland?
  • 3. I am an Irish citizen in the U.S., can I travel to Ireland?
  • 4. I am an Irish citizen in Ireland, can I travel to the United States?
  • 5. What COVID-19 public health restrictions are currently in place in Ireland?
  • 6. Can I renew my Irish passport at the current time?
  • 7. Can I apply for my first Irish passport at the current time?
  • 8. I am in the process of applying for Irish citizenship through the Foreign Birth Registration (FBR) process, can I still submit my application at the current time?
  • 9. Do I require a visa to travel to Ireland and how can I obtain a visa?
  • 10. Is the Consulate General of Ireland in Austin open?
  • 11. How do I contact the Consulate General of Ireland in Austin?

 

 

1. Question: What are the rules for travel from the US to Ireland? 

The Government of Ireland advises citizens to travel safely and in accordance with public health guidance and restrictions. 

For information on the current advice and rules for international travel, please see the Irish Government Advice Page (here).

2. Question: I am a US citizen in the US. Can I travel to Ireland? 

If you are travelling to Ireland, please note:

  • Passengers arriving to Ireland that are fully vaccinated (verifiable proof such as CDC vaccination card required), or have valid proof of recovery from Covid-19 in the past 180 days, will not require a pre-departure PCR test, or further day 5 PCR test or quarantine.
  • All passengers who are not vaccinated, or do not have proof of recovery, must present a pre-departure PCR test (taken within the 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland) AND require 14 day home quarantine with release after a negative day 5 PCR test. 
  • Travellers should also check with their airline to ensure that they comply with any separate testing requirements demanded by their carrier prior to travel

Accompanying Children

  • Children aged 11 or under will not require any pre-departure tests to travel into Ireland.
  • Children aged 12-17 will be required to present a pre-departure negative PCR (taken within the 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland), unless they have valid proof of vaccination or recovery.
  • Children of any age, travelling with accompanying vaccinated or recovered adults will not be required to self-quarantine post arrival. [Where travelling with both vaccinated and unvaccinated adults (who are required to home quarantine), children should also home quarantine]
  • However, in any event, in respect of unvaccinated children aged 12 and over public health recommends still doing the PCR test on day 5.

You will need to fill out a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form online before you travel

  • To complete the COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form online, please click here.
  • As of 12 July, it is an offence to travel to the State without having completed an online form. Carriers are obliged to deny boarding to passengers who do not have a completed online form, unless an exemption applies. An exemption from completing the form is in place for providers of essential supply chain services (such as hauliers, pilots and maritime staff) and diplomats. On completion of the online form, a passenger will be issued an email receipt which will have to be shown when boarding.

We recommend that U.S. citizens also contact the U.S. State Department and/or the U.S. Embassy in Dublin for travel advice for Ireland.

You will need to check any re-entry requirements for the United States. Effective 26 January 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. For more information, please visit the website of the U.S. Embassy in Dublin.

Please also check the website of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the website of your U.S. state health department for the most up-to-date requirements.

Information about companies providing pre-departure PCR tests for the purpose of international travel can be found on the Dublin Airport website and the Cork Airport website.

If you have further questions on travel to the U.S., you are advised to visit the website of the U.S. Embassy.

 

3. Question: I am an Irish citizen in the U.S., can I travel to Ireland? 

If you are travelling to Ireland, please note:

  • Passengers arriving to Ireland that are fully vaccinated (verifiable proof such as CDC vaccination card required), or have valid proof of recovery from Covid-19 in the past 180 days, will not require a pre-departure PCR test, or further day 5 PCR test or quarantine.
  • All passengers who are not vaccinated, or do not have proof of recovery, must present a pre-departure PCR test (taken within the 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland) AND require 14 day home quarantine with release after a negative day 5 PCR test. 
  • Travellers should also check with their airline to ensure that they comply with any separate testing requirements demanded by their carrier prior to travel

Accompanying Children

  • Children aged 11 or under will not require any pre-departure tests to travel into Ireland.
  • Children aged 12-17 will be required to present a pre-departure negative PCR (taken within the 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland), unless they have valid proof of vaccination or recovery.
  • Children of any age, travelling with accompanying vaccinated or recovered adults will not be required to self-quarantine post arrival. [Where travelling with both vaccinated and unvaccinated adults (who are required to home quarantine), children should also home quarantine]
  • However, in any event, in respect of unvaccinated children aged 12 and over public health recommends still doing the PCR test on day 5.

You will need to fill out a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form online before you travel

  • To complete the COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form online, please click here.
  • As of 12 July, it is an offence to travel to the State without having completed an online form. Carriers are obliged to deny boarding to passengers who do not have a completed online form, unless an exemption applies. An exemption from completing the form is in place for providers of essential supply chain services (such as hauliers, pilots and maritime staff) and diplomats. On completion of the online form, a passenger will be issued an email receipt which will have to be shown when boarding. 

Please note: Your ability to re-enter the U.S. after your travel to Ireland will depend on your immigration status in the U.S. For more information, please visit the website of the U.S. Embassy in Dublin.

You will need to check any re-entry requirements for the United States. Effective 26 January 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. For more information, please visit the website of the U.S. Embassy in Dublin.

Please also check the website of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the website of your U.S. state health department for the most up-to-date requirements.

Information about companies providing pre-departure PCR tests for the purpose of international travel can be found on the Dublin Airport website and the Cork Airport website.

If you have further questions on travel to the U.S., you are advised to visit the website of the U.S. Embassy.

 

 

4. Question: I am an Irish citizen in Ireland, can I travel to the United States? 

 

If you have questions on travel to the U.S., you are advised to visit the website of the U.S. Embassy in Dublin for the most up to date information.

 

5. Question: What COVID-19 public health restrictions are currently in place in Ireland? 

Information on the public health measures in place in Ireland right now, can be found here.

 

6. Question: Can I renew my Irish passport at the current time? 

Passport Online is open to all applicants, including children, renewing their passports in the United States. 

To  find out more or apply via Passport Online, please click here.

If you have a general query about the process, or a query about an existing online application, please contact us via Webchat. US WebChat is open from 8:30am- 2:30pm Central Time and 7:30am- 13:30pm Mountain Time, Monday to Friday (excluding holidays), and can be accessed by clicking the “Start Webchat” button on this page: Passport Online - US WebChat

If you are currently located in our consular region and you need an Irish travel document for urgent travel due to a genuine emergency, please call +1.512.792.5500.

 

7. Question: Can I apply for my first Irish passport at the current time? 

 The Passport Service has introduced an online passport application system for all applicants applying from the US (including first time applicants). This can be found on our website by clicking here

Once you upload a photograph, it takes about 10 minutes to complete the online application form and pay with a credit card. If you are a first time applicant, renewing for a child or changing the information on your passport, Passport Online will e-mail you a list of documents which you need to submit directly to the Passport Service in Ireland. When your passport is printed, it will be posted back to you directly.

If you have a general query about the process, or a query about an existing online application, please contact us via Webchat. US WebChat is open from 8:30am- 2:30pm Central Time and 7:30am- 13:30pm Mountain Time, Monday to Friday (excluding holidays), and can be accessed by clicking the “Start Webchat” button on this page: Passport Online - US WebChat

If you are currently located in our consular region and you need an Irish travel document for urgent travel due to a genuine emergency, please call +1.512.792.5500.

 

8. Question: I am in the process of applying for Irish citizenship through the Foreign Birth Registration (FBR) process, can I still submit my application at the current time? 

The processing of Foreign Birth Registrations or FBRs (through which Irish citizenship can be claimed by persons with a grandparent born on the island of Ireland) is paused due to the public health measures in place.

Please do not send supporting documentation as these cannot be processed at this time.

Please visit the Foreign Birth Registration page of the Department of Foreign Affairs website for the latest updates on this service.

When processing resumes, it is estimated that it will take between 12 to 18 months to process a completed FBR application.

 

9. Question: Do I require a visa to travel to Ireland and how can I obtain a visa?

 

You do not need an entry visa for Ireland if you are a passport holder of the United States.

Please note: As of 13 September, all short and long stay visa and preclearance applications are being accepted. Further details can be found here.

Further information for applicants in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Kansas City, Arkansas and Louisiana is available here

Further information for applicants in Colorado and New Mexico is available here

 

10. Question: Is the Consulate General of Ireland in Austin open? 

The Consulate General of Ireland in Austin is currently operating its public office on an appointment-only basis for Irish citizens seeking consular assistance.

 

11. Question: How do I contact the Consulate General of Ireland in Austin? 

For general queries, the main phone line (+1.512.792.5500) is open Monday to Friday from 9:30am-12:30pm. Please leave a detailed voice message with your name, your phone number, and the nature of your enquiry. A staff member will then return your call as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can use the Contact Us section of this website.


For emergencies (i.e. a genuine emergency involving an Irish citizen who is seeking consular assistance), please note that you can leave an emergency message on the phone system at any time by contacting the Consulate at +1-512-792-5500. Please leave a detailed voice message with your name, your phone number, and the nature of your enquiry. The on-call duty officer will then return your call as soon as possible.

 

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