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COVID-19 Update

Travel Notices

As of 16 March, the Government of Ireland is recommending against all non-essential international travel, including to Canada.

While the Canadian Government has introduced restrictions on travel to Canada from Ireland, there are no restrictions on flights from Canada to Ireland. Irish citizens, and others, are free to leave Canada on any scheduled flights from a Canadian airport and transatlantic flights continue to operate, albeit with schedule changes.

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 required to restrict their movements for 14 days, and people arriving in Ireland will be required to complete a Public Health Passenger Locator Form, details here.

Canadian Travel Restrictions

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau has announced that, beginning March 18, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. EDT, the Government of Canada will, for air travel specifically:

  • Bar foreign nationals from all countries from entering Canada. The measure would not apply in designated exceptional circumstances, including to air crews, travellers arriving in Canada in transit to a third country, Canadian permanent residents, diplomats, immediate family members of Canadian citizens, or those people with a work or study permit issued before March 18th 2020. 
  • Redirect international passenger flight arrivals to four airports: Toronto Pearson International Airport, Vancouver International Airport, Montréal-Trudeau International Airport, and Calgary International Airport.
  • Strengthen screening measures at airports, including stronger and more visible messaging, health screening at kiosks, and enhanced cleaning and disinfection of high-traffic areas and facilities at airports.
  • In addition, airlines will prevent all travellers who present COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of their citizenship, from boarding international flights to Canada. Airlines will conduct a basic health assessment of all air travellers based on guidance from the Public Health Agency of Canada.
  • All travellers, including those who present as healthy or asymptomatic, will have to present a clear and acceptable self-isolation plan on arrival in Canada or be quarantined directly for 14 days by Health Canada.

We strongly advise you to check with your airline before travel.

Irish Travel Restrictions

What to do on entering Ireland from abroad:

The Irish Authorities require anyone coming into Ireland, apart from Northern Ireland, to restrict their movements for 14 days, this includes citizens and residents returning to Ireland. Restricting your movements means staying indoors in one location and avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible. 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 and to submit it to the relevant authority at their port of entry. Exemptions are in place for providers of essential supply chain services such as hauliers, pilots and maritime staff. Check the Irish Government Advice Page for full information on these requirements. Further advice for people who have recently returned from abroad is available from the HSE.

 

IEC Permit Holders

If you want to enter Canada to activate your Port of Entry (POE) Letter of Introduction

As of May 8, 2020, if you’re taking part in the Working Holiday, Young Professional or International Co-op categories you can come to Canada if you have:

  • a valid job offer which includes a written note from your employer in Canada that says
  • a POE Letter of Introduction
  • proof of adequate health coverage

If you have a work permit and want to re-enter Canada

You do not need to prove you have a valid job offer to re-enter Canada if you’re outside the country temporarily and you already:

  • landed in Canada
  • activated your POE Letter of Introduction, and
  • have a work permit

When you re-enter, you must quarantine for 14 days.

For more information, see: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/iec.html

COVID-19

Please refer to the Government of Canada’s Outbreak Update page and the World Health Organisation for latest updates on the outbreak at national level and to our Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland’s official travel advice.

Latest information for the response in the Canadian provinces can be found here: Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, ManitobaSaskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia.

Anyone intending to travel to Ireland in the coming weeks should carefully monitor the HSE.ie coronavirus information page before travel.

Embassy Measures

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Embassy has introduced the following changes to opening times and procedures as a precautionary measure. The changes will remain in effect until March 29 when they will be reviewed depending on developments.

The Embassy will be open to the public Monday to Friday from 10:00-12:30 and from 14:00-16:00 by appointment only.

You can book an appointment via email (ottawaembassy@dfa.ie) or by phone (+1 613 233 6281).

Please note that at this time, only urgent appointments will be accepted.

Phone lines remain open from 10:00-12:00, and from 14:00-16:00.

Please do not visit the Embassy without an appointment. The only exception to this will be for consular emergencies.

For consular emergencies outside working hours please call the Embassy on +1 613 233 6281 and leave a voicemail. This voicemail is monitored by the Embassy Duty Officer. Alternatively, you can call the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade in Dublin on +353 1 408 2000.

We thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we implement these changes.

Working Holiday Agreements

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

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have temporarily ceased processing new applications under the Working Holiday Agreement. We intend to resume accepting applications as soon as circumstances allow.  Keep an eye our website to see when WHA services resume.

For more information, go to our WHA FAQ page here.

Visas

We have started a limited resumption of visa services. During this initial resumption phase, we will only be accepting Long Stay “D” visa applications, including Study, as well as those identified under our current criteria as Emergency/Priority visas. While we are again accepting long stay visa applications for processing, the actual issuance of non Emergency/Priority visas remains dependent on Public Health Advice, and has not yet begun. It remains the position that we are not accepting any short stay visa applications, except for cases that fall under the Emergency/Priority criteria. For further information please see the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS).

 

Honorary Consulate Jamaica

Please note that the Honorary Consulate in Jamaica is closed to the public.

The Honorary Consul can still be reached at:

Tel: 1-(876) 932-8423

Email: irishconsulateja@gmail.com

Honorary Consulate Montreal

Please note that Concordia University is closed.

The Honorary Consul General can still be reached at:

E-mail: michael.kenneally@concordia.ca

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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Electronic Travel Authorization

Electronic Travel Authorization

Visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada now need an Elecrtronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

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Contact Embassy of Ireland, Canada

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Embassy of Ireland

Suite 1105, (11th Floor)
130 Albert St
Ottawa,
Ontario, K1P 5G4
Tel.: + 1 613 233 6281

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