While Embassy staff remain on call, the service window at the Embassy in DC has been restricted and is available exclusively to Irish citizens in case of emergency. We have taken this step in order to prevent the possible spread of coronavirus.
We remain open for emergency consular services for Irish citizens, with an appointment only service available from 10.00 to 11.00 daily. If you need to make an appointment for emergency services, please contact us at email@example.com . We ask that you declare your travel history for the past 30 days when requesting an appointment.
Please note, the Embassy is now only accepting passport applications in emergency circumstances. Most passports can be renewed online at https://www.dfa.ie/passportonline/ For those who cannot renew online, please mail or courier us your application.
Please note that visa processing is now suspended except in cases of emergency. Do not send any application without contacting us first.
If you are in need of emergency assistance or need to make an appointment you can contact the Embassy via firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling +1 202 462 3939 and leaving a message.
The mailbox and answering machine are both monitored regularly and a staff member will contact you as soon as possible.
Official Travel Advice
As of 16 March, the Government of Ireland is recommending against all non-essential international travel, including to the United States.
While the US Government has introduced restrictions on travel to the US from Ireland, there are no restrictions on flights from the US to Ireland. Irish citizens, and others, are free to leave the US on any scheduled flights from a US airport and transatlantic flights continue to operate, albeit with schedule changes.
This is a fast-moving situation, however. As such, we strongly encourage all Irish citizens and residents wishing to return to Ireland to make provision to do so now.
You should book or make changes to your existing bookings directly with your airline, recognising that airlines’ call centers are under significant pressure.
You should check regularly with your airline’s website for status updates and for any additional information they may require before you can board.
We strongly recommend that you do not travel to an airport without a confirmed booking.
On return to Ireland, all travellers will be requested to restrict their movements for 14 days.
Coronavirus in the US
Multilpe cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed across the United States.
Please refer to the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organisation for latest updates on the outbreak at national level and to our Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for Ireland’s official travel advice.
Latest information for the response in the District of Columbia and the States, territories and countries in the DC Consular Area is available through the following authorities: Maryland; Virginia; Washington D.C.; Bermuda; Haiti; Puerto Rico
Irish citizens can access local up-to-date information for other individual U.S. States through the websites of our Consulates in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.
US Travel Restrictions
As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak the US has implemented special entry restrictions for their territory.
As detailed in the US President's Proclamation of 14 March
, from 11.59 EST Monday 16 March, entry into the US will be restricted for those travelling from Ireland and the UK. Non-US nationals, including Irish nationals, who have visited or resided in Ireland or the UK for any period in the 14 days prior to their travel to the US will be denied entry, unless they are legal permanent residents of the US (i.e. green crd holders), or are the spouse or child of a US national or permament resident, or the sibling of same providing both are under 21 years of age.
Non-US nationals with legal permanent residence in the US (i.e. Green Card holders) and their immediate family, as well as the immediate family (spouse and children) of US nationals, are not restricted from entering the US. However, if travelling from a restricted country they will now be required to enter the US through one of thirteen designated airports and will undergo additional screening on arrival. Further information can be found here
In addition to federal restrictions, there are a number of restrictive measures in place at the state of city level. If you are an Irish citizen residing in the US or planning to travel to the country we ask that you refer to the nearest Irish consulate and the local health authority for the most up to date advice.