Notice: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Updated 16 Oct 2020
In the interest of public safety, the Consulate's public office is open for emergency appointments only. Officers are working remotely and are prioritising these cases of genuine emergency.
If you need emergency assistance, please contact the officer on duty at +1 617 267 9330 and leave a message. The answering machine is monitored regularly and an officer will contact you as soon as possible.
If you have a non-emergency query, please contact us here
For those seeking to renew a passport for an adult or child, you must submit using the online service here: https://www.dfa.ie/passportonline/ This process is substantially faster than the paper application, and is available for passport holders whose most recent Irish passport has not expired more than five years ago.
Where an applicant is eligible to renew their passport online, they must use this online system. The passport office will no longer process paper applications from those who are eligible to apply for their passport online.
For those who are not eligible to renew online, or for first time applicants, we ask for your patience as we work to resume normal operations and address COVID-19 related processing delays.
Many passport service staff in Ireland have been redeployed to assist with critical public service delivery during this public health emergency. We hope to resume normal service shortly - please check back here for updates.
For all others who must apply via paper application, please note that the Consulate is experiencing extremely high demand for passport service at this time. As a result of this increased demand, and combined with the above noted restrictions, please expect significant delays. Average processing time is 16+ weeks.
If you currently hold another valid passport, and/or an Irish passport is not essential for your upcoming confirmed travel, we urge you to wait to submit your application until normal processing times resume. If you submit now, your original documents will be held by the Consulate until your application finishes processing.
Passport applications that have been submitted correctly will move forward for processing in the order they have been received.
Incomplete or incorrect applications will not move forward for processing. These applications will not be given priority and will be returned to the applicant at a later date for correction. To avoid unnecessary expense and even further delay, all applicants are advised to carefully read the instructions that accompany the application form.
Status updates are not available during the application process.
We are now accepting applicaitons by post for Long Stay (D) visas only. Applications for Short Stay (C) and the Working Holiday Authorisation Programme remain suspended at this time. Do not send any application without contacting us first.
Please do not come to the Consulate without contacting us first.
Please stay safe and reach out to us if you need us. For further updates check Twitter @IrelandBoston
Latest Official Travel Advice:
The Irish Authorities require anyone coming into Ireland, apart from Northern Ireland, to restrict their movements for 14 days, this includes citizens and residents returning to Ireland. Restricting your movements means staying indoors in one location and avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible. To ensure that this is being observed all passengers arriving to Ireland from overseas are obliged to complete a mandatory Public Health Passenger Locator Form and to submit it to the relevant authority at their port of entry.
On 30 June, the countries of the EU’s Schengen Area adopted a recommendation on the gradual lifting of travel restrictions with some countries. Ireland is not part of the Schengen Area and has not taken any decision to change its entry policy for travellers from the United States. Any policy changes will be clearly communicated on www.dfa.ie and from Irish government sources.
Latest Local Information:
Irish citizens can access localised up-to-date information for the New England Consular Area through the authorities listed below:
Please refer to the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) website for further updates, including on travel restrictions to the US.
Follow medical advice to protect yourself from COVID-19 Be alert to common signs of infection: respiratory problems, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Seek medical advice if you experience these symptoms.
Keep up-to-date with the Department’s travel advice for over 200 countries by:
- Visiting our Travel Advice
- Following our @DFATravelWise Twitter account
- Health-related info is also available here and here.
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.
This extends the coverage of measures the US President announced in Proclamation of Friday 13 March, restricting the 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 and city level. If you are an Irish citizen residing in the US or planning to travel to the country we ask that you refer to the nearest Irish consulate and the local health authority for the most up to date advice.
Seeking Consular Assistance from the Consulate General of Ireland, Boston:
If you are in need of emergency assistance, you can contact the officer on duty at: +1 617 267 9330 and leave a message.
The mailbox and answering machine are both monitored regularly and an officer will contact you as soon as possible.
If you're not sure where to be for the next few months (Ireland or the US) then you should be wherever you consider home to be. And you should be wherever your primary health care is in case you need to avail of it.