If you are in need of general consular assistance or travel advice relating to the COVID-19 situation, please contact the Consulate at +1 310 424 5538.
If you leave a voicemail, it is essential that you provide the following information in your message:
1. Your name
2. Your phone number
3. Your location
4. The nature of your issue/details of your situation
The answering machine is monitored continuously and the on-call Duty Officer will contact you as soon as possible.
Please note that all consular services, including passports and visas, in the Western United States are processed by the Consulate General of Ireland in San Francisco. Please refer to their website for current information on the operation of these services.
Latest Travel Advice
As of 16 March, the Government of Ireland is recommending against all non-essential international travel, including to the United States.
In addition, because of the COVID-19 outbreak the US has implemented special entry restrictions for their territory.
As detailed in the US President's Proclamation on 14 March, from midnight Monday 16 March, entry into the US has been restricted for those travelling from Ireland and the United Kingdom. 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 are the siblings of a US national or permanent resident providing both are under 21 years of age.
This extends the coverage of measures the US Government introduced on 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. The US Government has indicated that this is a temporary restriction that will last for 30 days.
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 is available from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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 significant schedule changes.
This is a fast-moving situation, however. As such, we strongly encourage all Irish citizens and residents wishing to return to Ireland to make provision to do so now. We also recommend that all Irish citizens currently in the United States but normally resident in Ireland to make plans to return home as soon as possible.
You should book or make changes to your existing bookings directly with your airline, recognising that airlines’ call centers 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.
On return to Ireland, all travellers will be requested to restrict their movements for 14 days – for more information, please visit the website of the Irish Health Service Executive.
COVID-19 in the United States
Cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the USA including the region covered by the Consulate General of Ireland in Los Angeles.
Irish citizens in our consular region can access localised up-to-date information for region through the authorities listed below:
Please refer to the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) for further updates, including on travel restrictions to the US.
Follow medical advice (more information is available from the Irish Health Service Executive 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.
Several local authorities throughout our region have issued public health orders at the city, county and state levels to encourage individuals to take measures such a staying at home in order to contain the spread of COVID-19. We recommend that you check with the relevant local authorities for your specific location.
Irish citizens who are abroad and have concerns about the Coronavirus can call the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's dedicated phone line at +353 (0) 1 6131733.
Health-related info is also available from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.