While Embassy staff remain on call, the service window at the Embassy in DC has been restricted and is available exclusively to Irish citizens in case of emergency. We have taken this step in order to prevent the possible spread of coronavirus.
We remain open for emergency consular services for Irish citizens, with an appointment only service available from 10.00 to 11.00 daily. If you need to make an appointment for emergency services, please contact us at email@example.com . We ask that you declare your travel history for the past 30 days when requesting an appointment.
From June 22nd 2020, the processing of first time (paper) passport applications will recommence at the Embassy. We ask for your patience as there will be a significant delay to processing times as we and our passport service in Ireland resume normal operations and address COVID-19 related processing delays.
Where an applicant is eligible to renew their passport online (this includes adults and children living in the US and the Caribbean) they must use this system.
From June 22nd the processing of some visa categories will recommence. Only emergency visas and long-stay visas ('D' categories) will be processed initially. Short-stay Visas ('C' categories) and Working Holiday Agreements (WHA) visas will not be processed due to ongoing restrictions in Ireland.
As our public office remains closed qualifying applications can be sent by post our dropped into the Embassy drop box.
If you are in need of emergency assistance or need to make an appointment you can contact the Embassy via firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling +1 202 462 3939 and leaving a message.
The mailbox and answering machine are both monitored regularly and a staff member will contact you as soon as possible.
Official Travel Advice
As of 16 March, the Government of Ireland is recommending against all non-essential international travel, including to the United States.
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 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.
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.
Coronavirus in the US
Multilpe cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed across the United States.
Please refer to the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organisation for latest updates on the outbreak at national level and to our Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for Ireland’s official travel advice.
Latest information for the response in the District of Columbia and the States, territories and countries in the DC Consular Area is available through the following authorities: Maryland; Virginia; Washington D.C.; Bermuda; Haiti; Puerto Rico
Irish citizens can access local up-to-date information for other individual U.S. States through the websites of our Consulates in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.
In line with a Government of Ireland announcement on 16 March 2020 we advise against all non-essential travel to the USA in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. We are also urging all Irish visitors to the USA, including those on short-term visas (Including J1) who risk losing employment, financial security and access to healthcare to return to Ireland from the USA, as soon as possible. Direct flights continue to operate from Chicago, New York (JFK) and Boston, but options are narrowing.
As a result of the COVID- 19 outbreak the US has implemented special entry restrictions for their territory. Entry into the US is restricted for those travelling from Ireland, the UK, Schengen Area countries, Brazil, China and Iran.
Non US nationals including Irish nationals who have visited, or are resident in the countries listed above for 14 days or less prior to their travel to the USA will be denied entry, unless they are legal permanent residents of the US, or the spouse or child of a US national.
Non-US nationals with legal permanent residence in the US (e.g. 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 be required to enter the country through a designated airport and will undergo additional screening on arrival. Further information can be found here. The US Center for Disease Control have also recommended staying home for 14 days from the time of arrival after international travel. Further information can be found here.
There are also a number of restrictive measures in place at the state of city level. If you are an Irish citizen planning to travel to, or resident in, the US we ask that you refer to the nearest Irish consulate and the local health authority for the most up to date advice.
While there are no travel restrictions on entry into Ireland, as part of the COVID 19 response all passengers entering the country are required to complete a passenger locator form and self -isolate for 14 days.