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Visa, Passport & ESTA Travel Requirements

Please Note The National Conumer Agency has warned consumers travelling to the US to beware of a number of websites attempting to charge people for making an application under the Visa Waiver Programme. The online tool to register is easy to use and free of charge on the official ESTA website at (further details below)

The Embassy of the United States of America 

The Embassy of the United States of America has its facility in Dublin at 42 Elgin Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. Under the leadership of the Ambassador the Embassy provides a number of services to Americans, Irish and other international people:

-Provides documentary assistance and services to ensure the security and well-being of U.S. citizens in Ireland, and grants visas to Irish citizens and other foreign nationals.

-Explains and advocates the position of the United States Government and its citizens on bilateral and multi-lateral political, economic and social issues.

-Reports to the United States Government Irish views on issues affecting American interests.

-Promotes the expansion of American exports in Ireland, advocates open markets, and assists American businesses in establishing commercial links in Ireland and the EU.

-Facilitates cultural and educational exchange between the United States and Ireland.

Embassy Contact Details

U.S. Embassy Dublin
42 Elgin Road
Dublin 4

Telephone: +353 1 668-8777 During Business Hours +353 1 668 9612, for emergencies involving American citizens 

Fax: +353 1 668-9946 - Main Embassy
Fax: +353-1-668-8056 - American Citizen Services/Passport Unit
Fax: +353-1-668-8881  - Visa Unit

Visa Services  

Hours of Operation

The Consular Section is closed to the public every Wednesday, except in cases of EXTREME emergency. However, all other sections of the Embassy are open.

Operating Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
(Excepting Irish and American Holidays)

Electronic system for travel authorization (ESTA)

International visitors to the U.S. from Visa Waiver Program countries may now apply for travel authorization online. The tool is easy to use, free of charge and available in 16 languages.  The ESTA website is now live to register:

All nationals or citizens of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries who plan to travel to the United States for temporary business or pleasure will require, as of January 12, 2009, an approved ESTA prior to boarding a carrier to travel by air or sea to the United States under the VWP.  Voluntary applications began August 1, 2008.  VWP travelers from the seven Expansion countries have been required to register effective November 17, 2008. 

Click on the link below to bring you to the US Embassy in Ireland's website, which will answer all your questions on ESTA travel:

American Citizen Services Unit

  • Passport Services: 08:30-11:30
  • Notarial Services: 08:30-11:30
  • Emergency Services for American Citizen Services Only:
    08:30-12:00 Noon and 1:00-4:00
  • Consular Reports of Birth Abroad are arranged by appointment only.

 Non-Immigrant Visa Applications

By appointment only by calling the Visa Information Service Monday - Friday between 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., except Irish Bank Holidays.

General Visa Inquiries

Call the Visa Information Service Monday - Friday between 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Case specific inquiries (applications already submitted)

Call +353-1-668-8777: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Immigrant Visa Unit

General Immigrant Visa Inquiries - Monday through Friday 08:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. -- Call the Visa Information Service.

Pending case phone inquiries and Appointment Scheduling:

Call +353-1-668-8777 - 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Immigrant Visa Interviews by Appointment Only

Sections are closed on both American and Irish Holidays


Passport Services

Please Note: The Passport & Citizenship Unit is closed to the public on Wednesdays.

The Passport & Citizenship Office is open to the public for walk-in services from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings, with the exception of Irish and American holidays

Emergency Passport Service, if your passport has been lost, stolen or has expired, and you have an urgent need to travel, the Embassy can issue a limited-validity passport.  Limited-validity passports can only be issued in emergency situations on presentation of documentation of immediate/emergency travel. Evidence such as a prepaid air ticket or an E-booking confirmation and the traveler's itinerary must be presented.  Emergency passport applications must be made in person by the applicant.  Same-day issuance is available for applications that are complete and straightforward. Such passports are limited in validity, and cannot be extended. Bearers are required to exchange their limited validity passports for a full-validity photo-digitized passport upon completion of their emergency travel, either through a passport facility in the U.S. or a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad.  Please allow at least three weeks for processing a full-validity photo-digitized passport if you apply at the Embassy. Two consecutive emergency passports cannot be issued. If you are issued an emergency passport, your next application must be for a full-validity passport, which will be printed in the U.S. and take approximately three weeks to process.

To apply for an emergency passport, you must appear in person at the Embassy during opening hours and bring the following documents:

Renew your Passport by Mail

If your most recent passport was issued more than 15 years ago, you MUST apply in person- If you reside in the Republic of Ireland, you may renew your passport by mail, provided that you meet all of the following conditions:

  1. You can submit your most recent U.S. passport;
  2. You are over 18 years old;
  3. You were at least 16 years of age when your most recent U.S. passport was issued;
  4. You have had a U.S. passport issued in your name within the past 15 years.

Please fill in the the following form: SIGN and mail the application form to together with all of the following:

  • Two identical color photographs;
  • Most recent U.S. Passport;
  • Passport Fee of $75.00
    The fee must be paid by U.S. Dollar Draft made payable to "U.S. Embassy".  The bank draft must be the exact U.S. dollar amount of the fee payable.  If the amount is greater or less than the correct amount, we will return the bank draft to you by mail and request that you send us a draft in the exact U.S. Dollar amount. 
  • Self-addressed, registered envelope.

Please Note: All passport applicants must provide their correct social security numbers in box number 5 of the passport application form, or otherwise indicate that you have no social security number. Applicants who fail to provide a valid social security number may be subject to a US$500 penalty enforced by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).(If your name has changed, please submit a civil marriage certificate, court order or deed poll).Please mail all your documents to:  Passport and Citizenship Unit, Embassy of the United States of America, 42 Elgin Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.If all documentation is complete and in order, they will process your passport application and return it to you by mail.  Please allow three to four weeks for receipt of your new passport.

This link will take you directly to the US Embassy website for more detailed information: