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

Frequently Asked Questions for U.S. Citizens

Updated: 31 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, making the subject of your email “Appointment Request, NAME,” and detailing in your email the service you require and any emergency circumstances related to your request.  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 receive; 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.  U.S. citizens ​seeking to renew their U.S. passport at the U.S. Embassy in Dublin and who are eligible to renew by mail must file their DS-82 passport renewal application by mail; in-person passport appointments are currently only available for emergencies and only in cases where application processing require​s the applicant appear in person. 

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.

While our print centers have resumed limited operations, due to the break in service there may 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.

If you are seeking an appointment to renew your U.S. passport, please send an email to:ACSDublin@state.gov to request an appointment, making the subject of your email “Appointment Request, NAME,” and detailing in your email any emergency circumstances related to your request.  Please also include your passport issuance and expiry date.  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 receive; we ask that you contact us 21 days in advance of travel.  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 accordance with U.S. Department of State guidelines and in the interest of protecting the health and safety of our customers and our staff during the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, we are not currently accepting non-emergency applications for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA).  Should you have immediate travel with your child or other urgent need to apply for a CRBA, please contact us by email with your travel itinerary attached to: ACSDublin@state.gov to request an expedited appointment, making the subject of your email “Appointment Request, NAME,” and detailing in your email the emergency circumstances related to your request.  Due to the volume of enquires ​we receive; we ask that you contact us 21 days in advance of travel.  For further updates, please check this website regularly.

We will ​continue to update our website as developments occur and as we are permitted to resume scheduling additional appointments.  For further updates, please check this website regularly.

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:

In accordance with Department of State policy and in the interest of protecting the health and safety of our customers and our staff during the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, we are not currently offering routine notary services.  Should you have a critical need for a notary service, please contact us by email at:  ACSDublin@state.gov to request an appointment, making the subject of your email “Appointment Request, NAME,” and detailing in your email the emergency circumstances related to your request.  

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 August 6:https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-information.html.  

U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents returning to the United States from theUnited Kingdom, Ireland, and the European Schengen area are required to travel through select U.S. airports with enhanced screening procedures. See ourFAQson the Presidential Proclamation on travel from Europe and the Department of Homeland Security website for further details.

For any further information regarding traveling to Ireland you may also wish to contact the Irish Immigration (INIS) ​service (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 ​certain countries overseas​ – including travelers arriving from the United States – to self-isolate for 14 days. Passengers will ​also be required to complete a locator form upon their arrival to Ireland. More information on these requirements 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