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Emergency Financial Assistance
February 3, 2022

U.S. consuls can assist U.S. citizens abroad who are temporarily destitute due to unforeseen circumstances.

U.S. citizens in Ireland who find themselves in these circumstances should contact the Embassy in Dublin. U.S. citizens in Northern Ireland should contact the Consulate General in Belfast.  You may also contact the State Department’s Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 1-888-407-4747 (during business hours) or 202-647-5225 (after hours).

Consular officers can help destitute Americans contact family, bank, or employer to arrange for transfer of funds. In some cases, these funds can be wired through the Department of State. For information on how a consular officer can help under these circumstances, see https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/while-abroad/sending-money-abroad.html

American Citizens who find themselves without adequate funds during their stay in Ireland should contact family or friends who may be able to assist. Funds may be transferred electronically from the United States either through private financial institutions or through U.S. Department of State channels.

Western Union

To send money via Western Union, the sender brings the money to any Western Union agent, fills out a short form, pays the service fee and receives a receipt with a Control Number. The sender then informs the receiver of the transfer. The receiver goes to any Western Union agent, provides identification, and immediately gets the full amount in cash.

NOTE: Please be advised that the Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN) is now a Mandatory requirement for a person to receive a Western Union Money Transfer in Ireland.  The MTCN is issued when payment has been made by the sender.

To find your nearest Western Union agent in Ireland, please telephone 1800-39-53-95.

To find your nearest Western Union agent in the U.S., please telephone 1-800-551-8002.