Message for U.S. Citizens: Visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to Ireland August 25-26, 2018

The U.S. Embassy Dublin informs U.S. citizens that His Holiness Pope Francis will visit Ireland August 25 – 26, 2018.  More than 500,000 people are expected to attend the outdoor Papal Mass scheduled for Sunday August 26, 2018.  The U.S. Embassy provides the following information for U.S. citizens visiting Ireland during the Pope’s visit and the World Meeting of Families 2018.

  • All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling to and from Ireland. The National Passport Information Center can provide current information about passport processing times and expedited appointments at passport agencies in the United States.
  • Access to Papal events will be restricted to ticket holders only. Ticket information and the Papal itinerary can be found by visiting the World Meeting of Families’ official website:
  • The two Papal events are free of charge and require tickets. These events are the Festival of Families on Saturday August 25, 2018, at 7:45 pm in Croke Park Stadium and Holy Mass on Sunday, August 26, 2018, at 3 pm in Phoenix Park.  To avoid becoming a scam victim, do not purchase tickets.
  • The U.S. Embassy cannot assist anyone in acquiring tickets to Papal events.
  •  Expect the area around the Royal Dublin Society in Ballsbridge, Dublin to be congested during World Meeting of Families events scheduled from August 21 – 26.
  •  Before, during, and immediately following the Pope’s visit to Ireland, expect vehicle and pedestrian traffic in Dublin to be severely restricted, particularly near event venues. Significant traffic congestion is likely.  Extensive information on how to plan your transportation for the Papal mass can be found on the following Irish Government websites found here and here.  Information about the Pope’s visit to Knock can be found here.
  • In the event of an emergency while in Ireland, please call 112 or 999 from any Irish phone to reach local emergency services.
  • The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens of the increased risk of opportunistic street crime in crowds, such as pick-pocketing and theft of unattended personal belongings.
  • We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Ireland to enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP): STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. Embassy to contact you in an emergency.
  • Regularly monitor the State Department’s website and the U.S. Embassy Dublin website, where you can find alerts and messages for U.S. citizens.
  • For additional information, refer to “Know before you go” on the State Department’s website.
  • If you are a U.S. citizen in Ireland in need of emergency assistance outside of regular business hours (including weekends and holidays), please call the Embassy’s main number 01-668-8777(in Ireland) or 011-353-1-668-8777 (international) and follow the prompts to reach the operator who will assist with directing your call.


U.S. Embassy Dublin, Ireland

42 Elgin Road

Ballbridge, Dublin 4

Phone:  011-353-1-668-8777


The U.S. Embassy Dublin is located at 42 Elgin Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, and is open Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 4:30 pm.  The U.S. Embassy website is:   During regular work hours, the American Citizens Services unit can be reached at +353 1 668-8777, or by email at