The strong advice is that everyone, regardless of their nationality, visa/preclearance status, or the origin of travel, who cannot provide proof of an essential purpose to travel to or within Ireland, should not travel to Ireland.
As part of efforts to tackle COVID-19, the Government of Ireland has taken the decision to temporarily cease accepting new visa/ preclearance applications, effective 29 January 2021. This is effective from close of business 29th January 2021. The Consulate cannot accept any non Emergency/Priority applications at this time.
We intend to resume accepting applications as soon as safety concerns abate.
Certain priority/emergency cases will continue to be processed. For further information on these criteria please see the website of Immigration Service Delivery. However, please check these criteria carefully and contact us if you believe your application falls under this category so that we can guide you through the application process and advise you how to submit your documentation. Do not send in documentation without first contacting us by phone or through this website.
US citizens do not require a visa for study in Ireland. However, you must register with the immigration authorities on arrival and if your university is delivering your course of study online only for the next semester, you should not travel to Ireland at this time.
The processing of Working Holiday Authorisations is also suspended until further notice.
On 26 January the Government announced the introduction of additional, short-term restrictions. These will include mandatory quarantine measures applying to all international arrivals and the suspension of visa-free travel to Ireland (with limited exemptions) for nationals of South Africa and all countries in South America. Nationals of these countries will now require to be in possession of an entry visa or transit visa, as appropriate, for travel to Ireland regardless of where they reside or the purpose of their travel to Ireland. Updated information on these measures will be made available on the gov.ie website, the website of the Irish Immigration and Naturalisation Service, and on this Department’s country specific travel pages.
For any priority/emergency applications: we are not accepting visa documentation submitted in person, so please send your documents to us via mail or courier service. Again, please check with us before submitting any documents.
Any visa applications are processed in order of receipt and travel dates are taken into due consideration. The Consulate General of Ireland cannot guarantee that a decision will be made by your intended travel date if less than the required processing time is given. Moreover, the Consulate does not offer an expediting service for visas.
The fees for visas are:
- Single entry visa fee: $81
- Multiple entry visa fee: $136
- Transit visa fee: $34
The fee for preclearance is $81.
If you would like to have your passport and visa mailed to you instead of picking up at the Consulate, please include an additional $13 money order for the courier fee. All visa, preclearance, and courier fees must be submitted in the form of a money order, cashier's check, or bank draft made payable to the Consulate General of Ireland.
Status updates are provided by Abtran for visa applications lodged at the Consulate General of Ireland, New York. Abtran can be reached at 1 900 776 5000 or 1 800 735 5888. Fees to call Abtran are applicable.