Passports

Important Information Regarding ACS Appointments:

The Government of Ireland moved the entire country to Level 5 restrictions of its Living with COVID plan for a period of six weeks, effective at midnight on Wednesday, October 21. The restrictions will remain in effect through Tuesday, December 1. In an effort to protect the health and safety of our staff and our customers, the Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in Dublin, Ireland has cancelled most routine services for the duration of the Level 5 restrictions. We can provide only very limited consular services and wait times for these services are longer than usual.

We continue to process mail-in renewal passport applications and strongly encourage eligible U.S. citizens to renew their U.S. passport by mail, as we cannot currently offer routine, 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 United States until the day it expires. Further details on applying for a U.S. passport are available via the Passport & Citizenship links below. If you require a service urgently, please send an email to acsdublin@state.gov detailing the service you require and the urgent circumstances related to your request. If you are seeking an emergency appointment to apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, a U.S. passport, or to renew your expired U.S. passport, please include your personal details, location, recent travel history and prior U.S. passport issuance and expiry date. If you require an emergency appointment because you have imminent travel, please also include your confirmed travel itinerary. Finally, please also include a telephone contact number.

While we endeavor to continue to provide the highest quality customer service, our services are severely limited at this time. 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

Do you live far from Dublin and need to apply for U.S. citizenship for your children or renew a U.S. passport? You may wish to book an appointment for a location closer to you – please visit our Consular Outreach Nationwide web page for further information.

Travel to and from the United States: According to Section 215 of the U.S Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1185) it is illegal for a U.S. citizen to enter or leave the United States on anything other than a U.S. passport.  This applies to dual citizens as well, meaning that persons holding e.g. both Irish and U.S. citizenships MUST enter and leave the United States on a valid U.S. passport; they may NOT enter/leave the United States on an Irish/foreign passport. This applies to children as well as adults.

Passport Processing Times:  The current processing time for U.S. passports is approximately 3-4 weeks. We advise all applicants requiring a U.S. passport for routine, scheduled travel to apply early and with this processing time-frame in mind. We are not able to process or guarantee delivery of passports for less than the standard processing time unless you have urgent, immediate travel due to a family or medical emergency,  as determined and approved in person by a consular officer.

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