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Update to travel advice


Important Travel Advice Update

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

For the latest update please read the General COVID-19 Travel Advisory >


Passport Service 

The Passport Service is open for applications but we have paused processing as Ireland is at Level 5 of the National Framework for Living with COVID-19. 

To apply via Passport Online click here


Foreign Birth Registrations

The processing of Foreign Birth Registrations will now pause until Dublin returns to Level 3 on the National Framework for Living with COVID-19.

Applications that have been sent to the FBR team have been securely held and will now be processed in strict date order. At present, due to the complex nature of the Foreign Birth Registration it takes between 12 to 18 months to process a completed Foreign Birth Registration application.


Working Holiday Authorisation 

Please note that we are not currently processing Working Holiday Authorisations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have temporarily ceased accepting new applications under the Working Holiday Authorisation scheme.

We intend to resume accepting applications as soon as circumstances allow. Keep an eye on our website to see when WHA services resume.



With effect 29 January 2021 there are new visa requirements for passport holders from all counties in South American and South Africa.  Many passport holders of countries that were previously not visa required now require a visa/preclearance before entering Ireland. These requirements apply to all nationals of the countries concerned, regardless of where they reside or the purpose of their travel to Ireland.

The Embassy has temporarily ceased accepting new visa/preclearance applications.  Increasing travel restrictions and the measures introduced to interrupt the transmission of COVID-19 means that travel may not be possible and even if possible is not advisable unless absolutely essential.  It is currently against the law for any person (regardless of nationality or passport) to travel within Ireland for non-essential purposes and people can be fined for doing so.

We will resume accepting applications as soon as safety concerns abate.  Certain Priority/Emergency cases will continue to be processed.  Further information is available on the website of the Immigration Service Delivery 



Passport Online: Worldwide renewals

Passport Online: Worldwide renewals

Adults and children around the world can renew their Irish passport online. This is the quickest, easiest and cheapest way to apply for your passport today. You can apply for a passport book, a card or both! The application takes about ten minutes and you can take your photo with your phone!

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