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Ireland in Burundi, Seychelles, Democratic Republic of Congo and Comoros

The Embassy of Ireland in Tanzania is accredited to Burundi, Seychelles, Comoros and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is responsible for handling all consular matters affecting Irish citizens in these countries. 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.

Burundi

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,

Ireland provided €1.5 million to humanitarian, food security, health, peace and resilience programmes in Burundi in 2019. An additional €1.5 million was provided to assist Burundian refugees in neighbouring countries during the same period.

Ireland's merchandise trade with Burundi is quite small. In 2019, exports to Burundi amounted to €28,000, while imports reached €16,000. Exports are principally plastics and miscellaneous manufactured items. Imports from Burundi are principally coffee, tea, coco, and spices.

Seychelles

Diplomatic relations with the Seychelles were established through the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations in New York in 1999. In 2017, Ireland appointed its first Ambassador to the Seychelles – Ambassador Paul Sherlock, resident in Tanzania. Ambassador Sherlock presented credentials to President Danny Faure on 7th November 2017.

In 2019, total merchandise trade between Ireland the Seychelles was €2,730,000. Exports were €2,167,000 and imports were €563,000.  Exports from Ireland are mainly dairy products, while imports are mainly crude fertiliser and minerals.

In the education sector, there are historic links between Ireland and the Seychelles through Irish missionary nuns in the 1950s, and the recruitment of 40 Irish teachers by the Seychellois Ministry of Education in the 1980s. More recently, there is an ongoing partnership between Shannon Tourism College and the Seychelles Tourism Academy. Over 60 students have completed degrees in hotel management - three years are spent studying in Seychelles and the final year is resident in Shannon. Seychelles is a holiday destination for many Irish tourists, particularly the wedding and honeymoon market.

Democratic Republic of Congo

Ireland established diplomatic relations with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 2000. The Embassy of Ireland in Tanzania has consular responsibility for the country.

In 2019, Ireland provided just over €9 million in development and humanitarian assistance to UN and NGO partners operating in the DRC. Irish peacekeepers are also serving with the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO).

In 2018, merchandise trade between Ireland and the DRC was valued at over €21.5 million; exports were valued at €21.2 million; imports at €0.3 million. 

Comoros

In 2017, Ireland established diplomatic relations with Comoros with the appointment of the first Irish Ambassador to the Comoros, resident in Tanzania. Ambassador Paul Sherlock presented credentials to President Azali Assoumani on the 25th of October 2018.

In 2019, trade with Comoros amounted to €12,000; with exports valued at €7,000 and imports the remainder. Exports are mostly office machinery and imports are largely clothing goods.