FAQ’s for U.S. Citizens during COVID-19

Frequently Asked Questions for U.S. Citizens

Updated: 06 August 2020

If you are a U.S. citizen living or traveling outside of the U.S. and you have not done so, please enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). The Embassy will then be able to contact you with updated information in case of an emergency.

Due to reduced staffing, the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Dublin is only providing limited routine Consular services until further notice.

My passport is expired/visa pages are full and I have immediate travel:

If you require a Consular service please send an email to: ACSDublin@state.gov to request an appointment. While we endeavor to continue to provide the highest quality customer service, routine services remain limited. We appreciate your understanding and will advise you if and when we can accommodate your appointment request.  Due to the volume of enquires we ask that you contact us 21 days in advance of travel.

I need to renew my U.S. passport:

For those who qualify, we continue to accept mail–in passport renewal applications.  Please note that while our print centers have resumed limited operations, due to the break in service there will be delays in receiving your new passport.  If you have already submitted your application, it will be processed in the coming weeks.  We do not have a timeline for document receipt but will process applications as expeditiously as possible.

We strongly encourage eligible U.S. citizens to renew their passports by mail, as in-person appointments will be reserved for those who require in person appointments. Please note U.S. passports can be renewed any time before or after they expire, and a U

We strongly encourage eligible U.S. citizens to renew their passports by mail, as in-person appointments will be reserved for those who require in person appointments. Please note U.S. passports can be renewed any time before or after they expire, and a U.S. passport is valid for travel to the U.S. until the day it expires

If you require a service, please send an email to acsdublin@state.gov, detailing the service you require and any emergent circumstances related to your request.  If you are seeking an appointment to renew your U.S. passport, please also include your passport issuance and expiry date.  While we endeavor to continue to provide the highest quality customer service, our services remain limited.  We appreciate your understanding and will advise you if and when we can accommodate your appointment request. For further updates, please check this website regularly.

Please note U.S. passports can be renewed anytime before or after they expire, and a U.S. passport is valid for travel to the U.S. until the day it expires.

Can I apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA)?

In line with the Irish government restrictions, all routine American Citizen Services are suspended and will resume at a future date yet to be determined.  We would like to reassure U.S. citizens that we will update our website as developments occur and as soon as we are permitted to resume scheduling appointments: https://ie.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/.

Should you have immediate travel with your child please contact us by email, with your travel itinerary attached to: ACSDublin@state.gov to request an expedited passport appointment.  Due to the volume of enquires we ask that you contact us 21 days in advance of travel.

My child is a minor / I am applying for my first adult passport; can I renew their passport through the mail:

No. Minor passport renewals or first adult passport renewals must appear in person.

I need to have a document Notarized:

Currently all routine services at the embassy are suspended apart from emergency passport services for those with imminent travel.

I am in the U.S. and I want to travel to Ireland:

Please carefully review the following travel advisory issued by the U.S. Department of State on March 31: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/travel-advisory-alert-global-level-4-health-advisory-issue.html.  U.S. citizens are still advised to remain in the United States or, if currently traveling, to return to their place of residence.

For any further information regarding traveling to Ireland the best advice is to contact the Irish Immigration (INIS) http://www.inis.gov.ie/ directly.

Do I need to Quarantine/Self-Isolate when I arrive in Ireland?

The Irish Government requires passengers arriving from overseas to restrict their movements for 14 days. Passengers will be required to complete a locator form upon their arrival in Ireland, more information on this can be found at; https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/c36c85-covid-19-coronavirus/ and https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/travel.html#Restrict-movements-travel