Embassy Services & Advice
Updated: 19 November 2020
While the Embassy is open, our public service window remains restricted, in line with public health guidelines. Where possible, we would ask all our customers to conduct their business with us by email, phone or mail.
During this period the quickest and most reliable way to contact the Embassy for routine services is via the Contact Us form on our website. If you are in need of emergency assistance, however, please contact us by calling +1 202 462 3939 and leaving a message. When leaving a message, please remember to provide a number on which you can be contacted (and which can accept calls). The answering machine is monitored regularly and a staff member will contact you as soon as possible. The mailbox / Contact Us form is monitored during normal working hours only.
Travel to Ireland
Travel from the United States to Ireland is not currently restricted. However, in light of the pandemic, the Government of Ireland continues to advise against all non-essential travel, including travel for tourism purposes. The US government also advises against most non-essential international travel currently, including to Ireland.
Ireland has implemented the EU ‘Traffic Light System’ whereby restrictions are based on the location of the passenger during the 14 days prior to arrival. In general, you are requested to restrict your movements for 14 days if you arrive into Ireland from another country. This applies to all travellers entering the State, including Irish citizens coming home and people with no symptoms. Restricting your movements means avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible. Ireland’s Health Service Executive has provided guidance on how to restrict movements on their website.
From midnight on 29th November, the request to restrict movements for 14 days may not apply to passengers entering Ireland from red regions (which currently includes the United States), following receipt of a negative/not-detected result from a Covid-19 PCR test taken a minimum of five days after arrival in Ireland.
The PCR COVID-19 test is currently the only test type considered acceptable by public health authorities in Ireland in relation to international travel. Testing provision under Ireland’s framework for international travel will not be provided through the public health system, but will be met by the private commercial sector testing supply and paid for by passengers.
You will need to check any re-entry requirements for the United States. You may be required to obtain a test before returning to the United States; Please check https://www.cdc.gov and the website of your state health department for the most up-to-date requirements. Details of companies providing PCR tests are available on the websites of Dublin Airport and Cork Airport.
Travel to the USA
We continue to advise against all non-essential travel to the USA in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. For Irish citizens who consider their travel essential, detailed guidance on US travel restrictions and the limited exemptions to them can be found on the website of the US Embassy in Dublin. In the event you do travel to the US, our own detailed advice is also available here.
The Embassy has resumed a limited visa service.
At present, we are accepting Long Stay “D” visa applications, including for Study purposes, as well as applications from those considered as Emergency/Priority applicants under our current criteria set out here. Please check the criteria for emergency visas and contact us to ensure you fall under this category before submitting any documents. We are not issuing short-stay visas for non-essential travel at this time.
US citizens do not require a visa for short-term travel to Ireland. Nor do US citizens require visas for study in Ireland. However, on arrival students must register with the Irish immigration authorities. If your university is delivering your course of study online only for the next semester, you should not travel to Ireland at this time. Applications for Working Holiday Authorisations for US graduates are not currently being processed.
Full details on visa application requirements are set out on our website’s visa page.
Foreign Birth Registration / Irish Citizenship
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) has paused, following the introduction of level 5 restrictions in Ireland.
Applications that have been sent to the Department of Foreign Affairs have been securely held and will now be processed in strict date order. At present, due to the complex nature of the FBR it takes between 12 to 18 months to process a completed FBR application.
Please note that the Embassy has no role in the processing of FBR applications. As such, we are unable to advise on the eligibility of an applicant, on the content of applications or the status of existing applications. All queries related to FBRs should be directed to the Department's Citizenship Office in Ireland, which can be contacted here.
Other consular services are not available, except in cases of genuine emergency. Again, if you have a need for consular assistance which you feel is an emergency, we would ask that you contact us, as per the above.