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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 19 July 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 19 July:

PCR test before travel

  • Passengers arriving to Ireland that are fully vaccinated (verifiable proof such as CDC vaccination card required) will not require a pre-departure PCR test, or further day 5 PCR test or quarantine.
  • All passengers who are not vaccinated must present a pre-departure PCR test (taken within the 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland) AND require 14 day home quarantine with release after a negative RT-PCR test after 5 days.

Travellers should check with their airline to ensure that they comply with any separate testing requirements demanded by their carrier prior to travel.

Accompanying Children

  • Children aged 11 or under will not require any pre-departure tests to travel into Ireland.
  • Unvaccinated children aged 12-17 will be required to present a pre-departure negative PCR (taken within the 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland).
  • Children of any age, travelling with accompanying vaccinated adults will not be required to self-quarantine post arrival.
  • When travelling with both vaccinated and unvaccinated adults (who will be required to home quarantine), unvaccinated children should also home quarantine.
  • Any unvaccinated children aged 12 and over are recommended to take a RT-PCR test on day 5.

Passenger Locator Form

  • All passengers, vaccinated or not, 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.

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

The Government of Ireland continues to advise against all non-essential international travel. This applies regardless of a person’s nationality, visa/preclearance status, or origin of travel.

As of 1 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 several 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.

US citizens do not require a visa for study in Ireland. However, you must register with the immigration authorities on arrival. If your university is delivering your course of study online only for the next semester, you should not travel to Ireland at this time.

The processing of Working Holiday Authorisations is also suspended until further notice.

On 26 January the Government announced the introduction of additional, short-term restrictions. These will include mandatory quarantine measures applying to all international arrivals and the suspension of visa-free travel to Ireland (with limited exemptions) for nationals of South Africa and all countries in South America. Nationals of these countries will require 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. Updated information on these measures will be made available on the gov.ie website, the website of the Immigration Service Delivery and on the Department’s country specific travel pages.

The temporary visa requirements imposed on South Africa and countries in South America on 28 January will be lifted with effect from midnight on 15 June.

For more information, please refer to the Visas section of our website and the travel section of www.gov.ie website.

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.