Notice: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Updated 1 December 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
Ireland has moved to Level Three restrictions, of five overall levels, under its National Framework on Living with Covid 19. The national passport office has resumed processing online passport applications in line with this move.
We have recommenced processing First-Time Passport applications on foot of the partial reopening of the Passport Office in Ireland. If you have previously submitted a passport application to the Consulate, your documents are being held and your application being processed in turn.
For those seeking to renew a passport for an adult or child, you must apply 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.
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 Government of Ireland continues to recommend against all non-essential international travel, including to the United States.
Irish citizens, and others, are free to travel from the US to Ireland on any scheduled flights from a US airport and transatlantic flights continue to operate, albeit in reduced numbers and from a reduced number of airports. Flights continue to operate directly to Dublin from Boston (Logan).
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.
What to do on entering Ireland from abroad:
- You should be aware that the Irish Government continues to recommend against any non-essential travel to Ireland at present. The US government also advises against most non-essential international travel currently, including to Ireland.
- Ireland has implemented the EU ‘Traffic Light System’ whereby restrictions are based on the location of the passenger during the 14 days prior to arrival. In general, you are requested to restrict your movements for 14 days if you arrive into Ireland from another country. This applies to all travellers entering the State, including Irish citizens coming home and people with no symptoms. Restricting your movements means avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible. Ireland’s Health Service Executive has provided guidance on how to restrict movements on their website.
- Persons who feel unwell or experience symptoms of COVID-19 while in Ireland should self-isolate and contact their General Practitioner or HSE Live on 1850 24 1850 immediately as per the Health Service Executive guidance. For life-threatening emergencies, call 999 or 112.
- From midnight on 29th November, the request to restrict movements for 14 days may not apply to passengers entering Ireland from red regions, (which currently includes the United States), following receipt of a negative/not-detected result from a Covid-19 PCR test taken a minimum of five days after arrival in Ireland. Test results can take a few days; passengers are requested to continue to restrict their movements until they have the negative result. The PCR COVID-19 test is currently the only test type considered acceptable by public health authorities in Ireland in relation to international travel. Testing provision under Ireland’s framework for international travel will not be provided through the public health system, but will be met by the private commercial sector testing supply and paid for by passengers.
- You will need to check any re-entry requirements for the United States. You may be required to obtain a test before returning to the United States; Please check https://www.cdc.gov and the website of your state health department for the most up-to-date requirements.
- The links below on Cork and Dublin airports websites give details of the current companies providing PCR tests.
- The general request to restrict movements does not apply to persons travelling for an essential need or function as defined by Paragraph 19 of the EU Council Recommendation on Travel for an Essential Purpose.
- It is the responsibility of each individual to determine if their circumstances fall into one of the categories in Paragraph 19 of the EU Council Recommendation on travel for an essential need or function.
- For up-to-date information on what to do if you are travelling to Ireland at this time, please see the Irish Government website https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/75d92-covid-19-travel-advice/
- 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. Exemptions are in place for providers of essential supply chain services such as hauliers, pilots and maritime staff. Check the Irish Government Advice Page for full information on these requirements.
- Further advice for people who have recently returned from abroad is available from the HSE. Please heed this restriction carefully in order to protect yourself and others. Please also download the new tracker app which will help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ireland.
For our latest travel advice on the United States please see here. You can also follow us on Twitter for the latest info (@IrelandBoston)
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.