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COVID-19 - Travel Information and Embassy Services

From late April, Passport Online, our online passport application service, is open to all Irish citizens resident in the United States. Consequently, the Embassy no longer sends nor accepts paper based passport applications from US-based applicants. We will continue to provide them to first time applicants based in the Caribbean Islands. Passport renewals from anywhere in the world, including the Caribbean Islands, must be completed using Passport Online. Applicants whose last passport was issued more than 15 years ago must apply as a first-time applicant. Further details are set out below.

Updated 30 November 2021

Travel to Ireland 

From 19 July, subject to the prevailing public health situation, Ireland will broadly align itself to the EU approach to non-essential travel into the EU from third countries.

To protect its citizens against importation of variants, an ‘emergency brake’ mechanism will be coordinated at EU level to react swiftly to the emergence of a variant of concern or variant of interest. Government advice will be to avoid travel to a country where the emergency brake has been applied. In essence, subject to the Covid situation at the time, and assuming EU has not applied the 'emergency brake' to the US due to a growth of variants of concern, then vaccinated persons arriving into Ireland from the US from 19 July onwards will not need to home quarantine.

As of July 20, the emergency brake mechanism is currently not in place for the United States.

Entering Ireland from the US from 3 December:

Passenger Locator Form

  • All passengers arriving into Ireland from overseas are required to complete a mandatory Public Health Passenger Locator Form and to submit it to the relevant authority at their port of entry. This form is only available online. Exemptions are in place for providers of essential supply chain services such as hauliers, pilots and maritime staff.

Test Before Travel

After 00.01am on Friday 3 December 2021, anyone travelling to Ireland has to show a negative test for COVID-19. 

  • Vaccinated travellers must present either:
    • A negative Antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before you arrive
    • A negative RT-PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before you arrive
  • Not vaccinated travellers must present a negative RT-PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before you arrive. Antigen tests will not be accepted for unvaccinated travellers. 

Antigen tests have to be carried out by approved professionals - you can't test yourself.

In situations where a person is required to present evidence of a negative ('not detected') RT-PCR test result prior to travel, and is unable to do so due to a persistently positive RT-PCR test after recovery, then a positive RT-PCR test result will be acceptable which was taken no less than 11 days and no more than 180 days prior to arrival to the State.

Exemptions from the testing requirement can be found here. If a citizen has a genuine humanitarian emergency requiring urgent travel, and might not be able to obtain the result of a pre-departure RT-PCR test in time, they should contact the nearest embassy or consulate immediately for advice and consular assistance before commencing their journey.

Proof of vaccination

Ireland is part of the EU Digital COVID Certificate for travel originating within the EU/EEA. The Digital COVID Certificate will make it easier to travel to and from these countries and will be accepted as proof of vaccination, recovery or negative test.

A non-Digital COVID Certificate proof of vaccination means a record or evidence in written or electronic form in English or Irish or an official translation into Irish or English which contains the following:

  • confirmation that the person to whom the record or evidence refers is a vaccinated person
  • the date or dates on which the person was vaccinated
  • the body in the state concerned implementing the vaccination programme (howsoever described) on behalf of the state that administered or caused to be administered the vaccination to the person concerned; or the body in the state concerned that has been authorised to issue such record or other evidence to the person concerned
  • the HSE Vaccination Card is an example of acceptable non-Digital COVID Certificate proof of vaccination

Please see here for the full list of approved vaccines.

Please check the Irish Government Advice Page for further up-to-date information on COVID 19 travel restrictions. All guidance is subject to change and travellers should check current requirements before travelling.

Passports / Irish Citizenship 

From late April, our Passport Online system will be open to all Irish citizens - including children and first-time applicants - applying from the US. As of now, the Embassy no longer sends or accepts paper application forms from US-based applicants. The Embassy will continue to provide paper application forms to applicants based in the Caribbean Islands: Anguilla, Antigua, Barbuda, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Martinique, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Virgin Islands (US), Virgin Islands (British).

Passport Online - https://www.dfa.ie/passportonline/ - is a faster and simpler way to apply for your passport. Once you upload a photograph, it takes about 10 minutes to complete the online application and pay with a credit card. If you are an adult renewing your passport with the same information, you normally won’t need to submit any supporting documents. If you are a first time applicant, renewing for a child or changing the information on your passport, Passport Online will e-mail you a list of documents which you need to submit directly to the Passport Service in Ireland. When your passport is printed, it will be sent back to you directly at the postal address you provide.

If you wish to apply for an Irish passport for the first time, please check your entitlements. If your connection to Ireland is through a grandparent born in Ireland (i.e. if your parent was not born in Ireland), you must first be entered on the Register of Foreign Births and have received your Foreign Birth Registration certificate. This is an online application process centralised in Dublin.

The processing of Foreign Birth Registrations is currently paused in line with the move to Level 5 of the National Framework for Living with COVID-19. If you have submitted supporting documentation to the FBR hub, it will be held securely until it reopens. If you have not submitted supporting documents, please wait until Ireland has returned to level 3 or lower on the National Framework for Living with COVID-19. Details are available here. The Embassy has no involvement in the FBR process and thus is not in a position to advise on individual queries.

Visas

As of 13 September, we are now accepting short stay visa applications. We continue to accept all long stay visa and preclearance applications (as of 1 June). 

All remaining Covid-19 restrictions on entry visa and preclearance processing, which were brought in as a necessary interim measure to help reduce the spread of Covid-19, have now been lifted.

All travellers arriving into Ireland must continue to comply fully with measures required by law including producing proof of vaccination, recovery from Covid-19 or a negative PCR test.

If you are unsure as to whether you require a visa/preclearance to enter Ireland, you can check here by entering your nationality.

As of 1 November, we have resumed the processing of Working Holiday Authorisations.

Updated information is available on the gov.ie website, the website of the Irish Immigration Service and on the Department’s country specific travel pagesFor more information, please refer to the Visas section of our website.

Travel to the USA from Ireland

Please see here for information on travelling to the USA from Ireland.

Other Services

Other consular services are not available, except in cases of genuine emergency. Again, if you have a need for consular assistance which you feel is an emergency, we would ask that you contact us, as per the above.