Embassy Services & Advice
Updated: 14 October 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.
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.
If you must travel to Ireland for essential reasons, you will be required to restrict your movements for 14 days. This applies to Irish citizens and residents, as well as visiting citizens of the United States and other jurisdictions.
To ensure that this is being observed, all passengers arriving to Ireland from overseas are obliged to complete a mandatory Public Health Passenger Locator Form at their port of entry.
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.
We have resumed accepting paper passport applications for first time applicants within our consular area and for those who cannot renew their passports online because the passport is over 5 years expired. However, we cannot guarantee the usual turnaround times. Passport forms can be requested by contacting the Embassy here. Completed applications should be submitted by registered mail only at this time. It is not necessary to come to the Embassy in person for this purpose.
Please note that all adult and children's passports can now be renewed online here, providing it is under 5 years since the previous passport expired. If you can renew online you must now do so. The passport office will no longer process paper applications from persons eligible to apply for online renewal and your application will be returned to you should you submit it. Processing times for online applications are, at present, significantly shorter than paper applications, so there is an advantage to applying online.
Please take note of the barcode number on the top of your application form before submitting it so you can track your passport here. The barcode tracking number will only become live once certain checks are completed so please be patient if you don't see your application appearing in the initial weeks after submitting it.
If you wish to apply for an Irish passport for the first time, please first consider the basis of your passport entitlement. If your connection to Ireland is through a grandparent born in Ireland (i.e. if your parent was not born in Ireland), you must first be entered on the Register of Foreign Births and have received your Foreign Birth Registration certificate (see citizenship section below for details).
Full details on passport application requirements are set out on our website’s passport page.
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 Embassy has no role in the processing of Foreign Birth Registration (FBR) applications (through which Irish citizenship can be claimed by persons with a grandparent born on the island of Ireland). As such, we are unable to advise on the eligibility of an applicant, on the content of applications or the status of existing applications.
Applications for entry on the Foreign Birth Register have resumed. All queries related to FBRs should be directed to the Department's Citizenship Office in Ireland, which can be contacted here. Please note that current processing times are between 12 and 18 months.
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.