While the Consulate remains operational, from Thursday April 9th until further notice the Consulate will be closed to the public except in cases of emergency, and then strictly by appointment. If you are in need of emergency assistance and to make an appointment please contact the Consulate by calling +1 212 230 2480 and leaving a message, or via our Contact Us form.
If leaving a message, please remember to leave a number on which you can be contacted (which can accept calls). The answering machine and mailbox are both monitored regularly and a staff member will contact you as soon as possible.
The processing of Passports (paper applications) is temporarily suspended.
Please note that most passports can now be renewed online at https://www.dfa.ie/passportonline/ However, we cannot guarantee the usual turnaround times.
For those who cannot renew online (those whose passports expired more than five years ago) or for first time applicants, please do not send us your paper applications at this time. 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.
Please note that visa processing is now suspended except in cases of emergency. 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 updates check twitter/facebook @IrelandinNY
Latest Official Travel Advice
As of 16 March, the Government of Ireland is recommending against all non-essential international travel, including to the United States. We recommend Irish citizens currently in the US, who normally reside in Ireland, to make arrangements to return home ASAP.
In the USA the spread of coronavirus is becoming more serious each day, putting the population at increasing risk. We are advising those on short-term visas (including short-term J1 visas) who risk losing employment, financial security & access to health care to return to Ireland.
In the past weeks we have advised those in the United States who wish to return home to make arrangements to do so as soon as possible. Many have already heeded that advice. For those who remain, we now urge you also to make arrangements to return home as per our advice
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 in reducing numbers and from a reduced number of airports. Flights continue to operate directly to Dublin from New York (JFK).
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.
On return to Ireland, all travellers will be requested to restrict their movements for 14 days. Please heed this restriction carefully in order to protect yourself and others.
For our latest travel advice on the United States please see here. You can also follow us on Twitter for the latest info (@IrelandinNY)
Coronavirus in the US
Cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed across the United States.
Irish citizens can access localised up-to-date information for the New York 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 and to prevent the spread of the virus. 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.
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 the measures the US Government introduced on Friday 13 March restricting the entry to the USA of non-US nationals and permanent residents 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 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 country through one of thirteen designated airports and will undergo additional screening on arrival. Further information can be found here.