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Ireland in Burundi and Eritrea

The Embassy of Ireland in Tanzania is accredited to Burundi and Eritrea.

The Embassy of Ireland in Tanzania is responsible for handling all consular matters affecting Irish citizens in Burundi and Eritrea. If you wish to renew your passport, request consular assistance, have documents authenticated etc., you should contact the Embassy of Ireland in Tanzania.

If you wish to travel to Ireland and require a visa, please consult the Visas section of this website for detailed guidance.


Diplomatic relations between Ireland and Burundi were established with a formal exchange of letters in Brussels in 2004. Ireland is currently represented on a non-residential basis by the Ambassador in Dar-es-Salaam, Ambassador Paul Sherlock, presented credentials in Bujumbura to His Excellency Pierre Nkurunziza, President of the Republic of Burundi on 7 February 2017.

In addition to providing consular support to Irish citizens resident in Burundi, the Embassy also manages the Courtney Fellowship programme. This fellowship, named in memory of the (Irish) Papal Nuncio to Burundi, Archbishop Michael Courtney, enables a Burundian student to pursue a one-year Masters level course in governance or peace studies at Trinity College in Dublin.

Ireland provided €1.7 million to food security and resilience programmes in Burundi in 2015 and 2016, and nearly €1 million in humanitarian assistance in 2015 and 2016. An additional €930,000 was provided to assist Burundian refugees in neighbouring countries during the same period.

Ireland's merchandise trade with Burundi is quite small. In 2016, total trade amounted to €97,000 with exports constituting €85,000 of this, and imports the balance.


Ireland established diplomatic relations with Eritrea in 2002. Relations are maintained on a secondary accreditation basis via the Embassy in Tanzania.

Ireland provided €1.7 million to nutrition and agriculture programmes in Eritrea in 2015 and 2016. The majority of this was channelled through UNICEF's Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC) appeal for Eritrea.

Ireland's trade with Eritrea is very small, with a total of €11,000 in 2016. This consisted of €8,000 in exports and €3,000 in imports.