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22 November 2021 - Notice to holders of expired IRP Cards

Customers holding an Irish Residence Permit card that was in-date at the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, will now have its validity period extended to 15 January 2022. This means that they may use their current expired card to enable them to depart from and return to Ireland in confidence over Christmas and until 15 January 2022.

Anyone travelling during this time will be able to print a copy of a travel confirmation notice (see link below) and display this with your existing IRP card to show proof of residence when returning to Ireland before the 15 January 2022.

If you think you fall under this category please contact our office first so we can talk you through the process.

Resumption of full visa services - 9 September 2021

The Embassy of Ireland Visa Office is pleased to announce that with effect from Monday, 13 September 2021 we will recommence processing all categories of visas for Ireland again, including English Language Study courses. 

All remaining Covid-19 restrictions on entry visa and preclearance processing, which were brought in as a necessary interim measure to help reduce the spread of Covid-19, have now been lifted.

All travellers arriving into Ireland must continue to comply fully with measures required by law including producing proof of vaccination, recovery from Covid-19 or a negative PCR test to Immigration Control at their port of entry.

Important: What you must do before you arrive into Ireland from abroad. 

Please note that all passengers arriving into Ireland from designated states after 4am on the morning of Friday 26 March 2021 are now required to pre-book accommodation in a designated quarantine facility, and to pre-pay for their stay. Further information can be found here.

All passengers arriving into Ireland must: 

Further information 

A 'Frequently Asked Questions' (FAQ) document about the impact of COVID-19 on Immigration and International Protection in Ireland has also been published and can be found here

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