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In the current circumstances, the Embassy of Ireland will be operating on a restricted basis until further notice.
As part of the combined efforts to tackle COVID-19 and to ensure customer safety, the Department of Justice has taken the decision to temporarily cease accepting new visa/preclearance applications. This is effective from close of business 29th January 2021.
Increasing travel restrictions and the measures introduced as part of the Irish Government’s efforts 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. Enforcement of this has been strongly increased over that last few days.
While it will still be possible to apply for an Irish visa/preclearance online in the normal manner, these temporary measures mean that applicants will not be able to complete their application process and we apologise for any inconvenience this might cause. Please note that any application made online will remain valid until such time as restrictions are lifted.
We intend to resume accepting applications as soon as safety concerns abate.
Certain priority/emergency cases will continue to be processed. For further information please see the website of Immigration Service Delivery.
For priority/emergency visa applications, please contact us directly so that we can guide you through the application process and advise you how to submit your documentation.
Passport applicants must apply online at https://www.dfa.ie/passportonline/.
If there are extenuating circumstances, appointments can be made by calling +35896824240 or sending a mail here.
Emergency Consular assistance will continue to be provided and any Irish citizens in need of assistance should call +35896824240 and leave a message clearly stating their name, phone number and issue. This mailbox will be monitored regularly and the Duty Officer will call you back as soon as possible.
Advice about travelling to Finland is available here.
We advise all Irish citizens when travelling abroad to remain vigilant and follow the instructions and advice from the local authorities.
The Finnish Border Guard provides information on border restrictions for travellers entering Finland which is available at https://raja.fi/en/guidelines-for-border-traffic-during-pandemic
The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare provides guidance on health security measures at https://thl.fi/en/web/infectious-diseases-and-vaccinations/what-s-new/coronavirus-covid-19-latest-updates/travel-and-the-coronavirus-pandemic.
Information on testing for COVID-19 is also available on the FINENTRY service at https://www.finentry.fi/en/.
In addition, you can register your contact details on Citizens’ Registration, which allows us to contact you and provide assistance in the event of an unforeseen crisis or family emergency while you are overseas: https://www.dfa.ie/travel/citizens-registration