In the current circumstances, the Embassy of Ireland is operating on a restricted basis and is closed to public visitors until further notice. If you require consular assistance please complete our contact form here or contact the Embassy by phone at + 371 6703 9370.
COVID 19 Update – Visa Service
Visa applications for short and long stay visas have reopened from Monday 13 September 2021.
Please note until further notice all visa applications must now be submitted by courier. It is no longer possible for visa applications to be submitted in person at the Embassy. Please be aware also that COVID-19 restrictions are severely affecting visa processing times and it may take additional time to process visa requests.
Please note that the Embassy can only process complete applications. The onus is on the applicant to ensure their application is complete, with all required supporting documents as listed under the relevant visa category on the website of Immigration Service Delivery. Any missing documentation may result in longer processing times and/or refusal of the application. The Embassy does not offer an expediting service for visas.
Travel to Ireland
If you are travelling to Ireland from overseas you must fill out a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) before departure.
After 00.01am on Sunday 5 December 2021, anyone travelling to Ireland must show a negative test for COVID-19.
- if you do not have a Digital COVID Certificate based on vaccination or recovery, you have to show a negative ('not detected') RT-PCR test which was carried out no more than 48 hours before you arrive in Ireland
- if you have proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19, you have to show a negative ('not detected') antigen test which was carried out no more than 48 hours before you arrive in Ireland. Alternatively, you can show a negative ('not detected') RT-PCR test which was carried out no more than 72 hours before you arrive
Antigen tests have to be carried out by approved professionals - you can't test yourself.
All passport applicants are required to apply or renew online.
Emergency consular assistance will continue to be provided and any callers should clearly state their name, phone number and issue.
If planning travel to Latvia, please be aware that the Latvian government has declared a state of emergency beginning on 11 October 2021 and remaining in effect for 3 months. You are advised to inform yourself fully of the current restrictions and follow the guidance of national and local authorities. Full details can be found here.
The latest requirements for travel into Latvia can be viewed here.
For further travel advice please refer to https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/a-z-list-of-countries/latvia/
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
The Embassy Riga Team