In the current circumstances, the Embassy of Ireland continues to operate on a restricted basis until further notice.
Please see below for information on services currently available.
In the case of an emergency, please email or phone the Embassy on +46 8 54504040.
As part of a wide range of travel measures announced on 26 January 2021, and in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, visa-free travel to Ireland for nationals of South Africa and all countries in South America was temporarily suspended. Nationals of these countries are currently required to be in possession of an entry visa or transit visa, as appropriate, for travel to Ireland, regardless of where they reside, or the purpose of their travel to Ireland.
In addition, at that time, the Department of Justice temporarily ceased accepting new visa/preclearance applications globally, with the exception of certain priority and emergency cases.
As of 01 June, we are now accepting all long stay visa and preclearance applications.
Please note, however, that for successful applications, unless your application meets the priority/emergency criteria, a visa or preclearance approval letter will not issue until such time as public health restrictions have been lifted. For further information on the priority and emergency criteria, please see the website of Immigration Service Delivery.
We would draw your attention to the fact that COVID-19 restrictions are severely affecting visa processing times. Priority and emergency applications may take a number of weeks to be processed. Once a decision has been made on your application, you will be contacted directly. In order to ensure that resources can be used to best effect, we ask that you do not contact the Embassy to seek updates on your application.
It remains the position that we are not accepting short stay visa applications, unless the application meets the priority/ emergency criteria.
The Government Advisory against all non-essential international travel remains in operation. Travel restrictions are in place to protect public health and to mitigate the risk of new variants of COVID-19 entering the country. Details of these measures are available on the travel section of the www.gov.ie website. The strong advice is that everyone, regardless of their nationality or visa/preclearance status, or where they started from, who cannot provide proof of essential travel, should not travel to Ireland.
Please note, all passengers arriving in Ireland must:
- complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form
- provide evidence that you have a negative or ‘not detected’ result from a COVID-19 Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test carried out no more than 72 hours before you arrive into Ireland, or have evidence that you are exempt from this legal requirement
- If you are travelling from or via a designated state then you must also pre-book and pre-pay for a place in a designated facility for mandatory hotel quarantine.
Further information is available on the travel section of the www.gov.ie website.
Passports and Foreign Birth Registrations:
The Passport Service is continuing to process Passport Online applications and is scaling up operations to clear all applications on hand within 6-8 weeks.
To apply via Passport Online, please click here.
Passport Online is open to all applicants, including children, renewing their passports and those applying for their first passport who are resident in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Great Britain, Europe (including Sweden), Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA.
Paper passport applications are not currently being accepted.
If you are in Sweden and in need of a passport urgently, please email the Embassy here laying out your situation.
The routine processing of Foreign Birth Registrations is currently paused.
If you have an urgent query, such as you are an expectant parent, please contact the Passport Office through WebChat.
Please see the website of the Passport Service for further information.
Emergency Consular assistance continues to be provided. Please call the Embassy on +46 8 54504040.
When calling, you will be prompted to leave a message. After the tone, record your message stating your name, a brief description of the situation and a contact number. The Duty Officer will call you back.
You can find detailed and up to date information our Travel Advice for Sweden here.
For specific information on COVID-19 in Sweden, call 113 13.
For healthcare advice in Sweden, call 1177
You can find up to date details on travelling to Ireland during the COVID-19 pandemic here.
You can register your contact details on Citizens’ Registration, which allows us to contact you and ensure that you are aware of, and fully briefed, in the event of an unforeseen crisis while you are overseas.
We look forward to returning to normal services as soon as we can.
The Embassy Stockholm Team