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Notice: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Important Notice:

Updated 05 Aug 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.

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 strongly encourages all Irish citizens and residents currently in the United States who normally reside in Ireland to make arrangements to return home now.***
 
Novel Coronavirus
 
As of 16 March, the Government of Ireland is recommending against all non-essential international travel, including to the United States.
 
While the US Government has introduced restrictions on travel to the US from Ireland, there are no restrictions on flights from the US to Ireland.  Irish citizens, and others, are free to leave the US on any scheduled flights from a US airport and transatlantic flights continue to operate, albeit with schedule changes.

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. 

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.

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.

 
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, recognising that airlines’ call centres are under significant pressure.  
 
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.
 

Latest Local Information:

Irish citizens can access localised up-to-date information for the New England Consular Area through the authorities listed below:

Massachusetts / Boston / Maine / Vermont / New Hampshire / Rhode Island   

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:

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.

Final Note:

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.

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Consulate General of Ireland

535 Boylston Street,
Boston, MA 02116
Tel.: +1-617-267-9330

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