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Frequently Asked Questions during Covid-19

Frequently Asked Questions during Covid-19

Below, you can find answers to the following questions:

  • I am a U.S. citizen in the U.S. Can I travel to Ireland?
  • I am a U.S. citizen and/or U.S. legal permanent resident currently in Ireland, can I travel to the U.S.?
  • I am an Irish citizen in the U.S., can I travel to Ireland?
  • I am an Irish citizen in Ireland, can I travel to the United States?
  • What Covid-19 public health restrictions are currently in place in Ireland?
  • Can I renew my Irish passport at the current time?
  • Can I apply for my first Irish passport at the current time?
  • I am in the process of applying for Irish citizenship through the Foreign Birth Registration (FBR) process, can I still submit my application at the current time?
  • Do I require a visa to travel to Ireland and how can I obtain a visa?
  • Is the Consulate General of Ireland, San Francisco open?
  • How do I contact the Consulate General of Ireland, San Francisco?

  

Question: I am a U.S. citizen in the U.S., can I travel to Ireland? 

Yes, U.S. citizens can travel to Ireland for up to 90 days on their U.S. passports. U.S. citizens can travel to Ireland if they have valid proof that: they are fully vaccinated, recovered from Covid-19, or have a negative result from a Covid RT-PCR test. 

If you travel to Ireland, please note: 

  • You will need to fill out a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form online before you depart for Ireland.

IF YOU HAVE NOT YET BEEN VACCINATED:

  • You will have to have a negative RT-PCR test to travel to Ireland.

IF YOU HAVE BEEN VACCINATED:

  • If you are fully vaccinated you can travel to Ireland.

What 'fully vaccinated' means:

A full course of any one of the following vaccines: Regarded as vaccinated after:
2 doses of Pfizer-BioNtech Vaccine: BNT162b2 (Comirnaty®) 7 days
2 doses of Moderna Vaccine: CX-024414 (Moderna®) 14 days
2 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine: ChAdOx1-SARS-COV-2 (Vaxzevria® or Covishield) 15 days
1 dose of Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Vaccine: Ad26.COV2-S [recombinant] (Janssen®) 14 days
2 doses of Coronavac (Sinovac) 14 days
2 doses of Sinopharm BIBP 14 days
A heterologous (mixed) dose of any of the above vaccines Apply the information above as it applies to the second dose


Children aged 11 or under
 will not require any pre-departure tests to travel into Ireland.

  • Unvaccinated children aged 12-17 will be required to present a pre-departure negative PCR test (taken within the 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland).
  • Any unvaccinated children aged 12 and over are recommended to take a RT-PCR test on day 5. 

You will need to check any re-entry requirements for the United States. As of 8 November, US Travel Restrictions have changed. All passengers aged two years and older must provide a negative Covid-19 viral test. For more information, please visit the website of the U.S. State Department International Travel Guidance. 

Please also check the website of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the website of your U.S. state health department for the most up-to-date requirements.

Information about companies providing pre-departure PCR tests for the purpose of international travel can be found on the Dublin Airport website and the Cork Airport website.

If you have further questions on travel to the U.S. we advise that you visit the website of the U.S. Embassy.

 

Question: I am a U.S. citizen and/or U.S. legal permanent resident currently in Ireland, can I travel to the U.S.? 

Yes, U.S. and non-U.S. nationals with legal permanent residence in the U.S. (i.e. Green Card holders) and their immediate family, as well as the immediate family (spouse and children) of U.S. nationals, are not restricted from entering the U.S.

You will need to check any travel entry requirements for the United States. As of 8 November, US Travel Restrictions have changed. All passengers aged two years and older must provide a negative Covid-19 viral test. For more information, please visit the website of the U.S. State Department International Travel Guidance. 

Please also check the website of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the website of your U.S. state health department for the most up-to-date requirements.

Information about companies providing pre-departure PCR tests for the purpose of international travel can be found on the Dublin Airport website and the Cork Airport website.

If you have further questions on travel to the U.S. we advise that you visit the website of the U.S. Embassy.

 

Question: I am an Irish citizen in the U.S., can I travel to Ireland? 

Yes. Starting 8 November 2021 the U.S. Travel Restrictions will lift for passengers travelling to the U.S. Please check the U.S. State Department's website for additional information on re-entry requirments. 

  • You will also need to fill out a Covid-19 Passenger Locator Form online before you depart for Ireland.

Question: I am an Irish citizen in Ireland, can I travel to the United States? 

Yes. Starting 8 November 2021 the U.S. Travel Restrictions will lift for passengers travelling to the U.S. Please check the U.S. State Department's website for additional information.  

You will need to check any re-entry requirements for the United States. As of 8 November, US Travel Restrictions have changed. All passengers aged two years and older must provide a negative Covid-19 viral test. For more information, please visit the website of the U.S. State Department International Travel Guidance.  

Please also check the website of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the website of your U.S. state health department for the most up-to-date requirements.

Information about companies providing pre-departure PCR tests for the purpose of international travel can be found on the Dublin Airport website and the Cork Airport website.

If you have further questions on travel to the U.S., you are advised to visit the website of the U.S. Embassy.

 

Question: What Covid-19 public health restrictions are currently in place in Ireland? 

For detailed information about Ireland's current public health restrictions, please click here.

 

Question: Can I renew my Irish passport at the current time? 

Yes. All passport applications are being done through Passport Online which is currently open to all applicants, including children, renewing their passports in the United States. 

To renew your Passport Online, please click here.

If you are currently located in our consular region and you need an Irish travel document for urgent travel due to a genuine emergency, please call us on +1 415 823 7150 and leave a message with your name, number and the emergency situation.

 

Question: Can I apply for my first Irish passport at the current time? 

Yes. All passport applications are being done through Passport Online so first time applicants can apply online as well. 

To apply via Passport Online, please click here.

Passport Online is a fast and simple way to apply for your passport. Once you upload a photograph, it takes about ten minutes to complete the online application form and pay with a credit card. If you are an adult renewing your passport with the same information, it is unlikely that you will be required to submit supporting documentation. If you are a first time applicant, renewing for a child or changing the information on your passport, Passport Online will e-mail you a list of documents which you need to submit directly to the Passport Service in Ireland. When your passport is printed, it will be posted back to you directly.

If you previously received a passport application form from us, please be aware that we will not be processing paper applications apart from in exceptional cases from now on. We will not be accepting paper applications and will return same to the applicant.

If you are currently located in our consular region and you need an Irish travel document for urgent travel due to a genuine emergency, please call +1 415 823 7150 and leave a message with your name, number and the emergency situation.

Question: I am in the process of applying for Irish citizenship through the Foreign Birth Registration (FBR) process, can I still submit my application at the current time? 

No. The processing of Foreign Birth Registrations or FBRs (through which Irish citizenship can be claimed by persons with a grandparent born on the island of Ireland) is currently paused in order to help clear the backlog of passport applications that were interrupted due to COVID-19.

Please do not send supporting documentation as these cannot be processed at this time.

Please also note that the Consulate General San Francisco no longer processes Foreign Birth Registrations (FBR), and does not have access to FBR applications. The FBR office is hoping to have an update on resuming applications later this year. For applications that are already in progress or require immediate attention please contact the FBR office via WebChat.

Please visit the Foreign Birth Registration page of the Department of Foreign Affairs website for the latest updates on this service.

When processing resumes, it is estimated that it will take between 12 to 18 months to process a completed FBR application.

 

Question: Do I require a visa to travel to Ireland and how can I obtain a visa? 

You do not need an entry visa for Ireland if you are a passport holder of the United States.

If you are a national of another country that is visa required for Ireland, please visit Irish Immigration website to apply for a visa online and see what documents you will need to submit with your application. 

Check if you are visa required here

 

Question: Is the Consulate General of Ireland, San Francisco open? 

Yes. We are currently operating in our office on Post Street. In-office appointments are available by reservation only, Monday-Friday 9:00am-12:30pm. These can be scheduled via the form on our Contact Us page or by phone at +1(415)392-4214. For emergency situations we ask that you call us as soon as possible as we do not accept walk-ins. 

Question: How do I contact the Consulate General of Ireland, San Francisco? 

For general queries, the main phone line (+1 415 392 4214) is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 AM- 4.30 PM. Please leave a detailed voice message with your name, your phone number, and the nature of your enquiry. A staff member will then return your call as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can use the Contact Us section of this website and we will respond via phone or email. 

For emergencies (i.e. a genuine emergency involving an Irish citizen who is seeking consular assistance), or contacting the Consulate outside of our operating hours please leave a detailed voice message with your name, your phone number, and the nature of your enquiry and the Duty Officer will assist you.

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