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Embassy of Canada to Ireland and COVID-19: Frequently asked questions

Updated: April 8, 2020

Here you will find simple replies to our most frequently asked questions. Please read this before contacting the embassy to allow us to focus on assisting Canadians in distress and requiring urgent assistance.

Canadian citizens who live, travel or are planning to travel in Ireland, please register yourselves as Canadian citizens abroad to receive updates from the embassy. Also, please note that you are responsible for your personal security abroad and are subject to local health regulations in the country while you are there.

You can also find reliable up-to-date information on the following sites:

 On this page

If I am a Canadian citizen, should I leave Ireland and return to Canada because of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Yes. The Government of Canada advised, as of Monday, March 16, that Canadian travellers should return to Canada by commercial transport while they still can. If, however, you choose to stay in Ireland, please ensure that you have sufficient financial resources and basic necessities, including medications.

If I am a Canadian citizen living in Ireland and my long stay visa or my residency permit will expire in the coming weeks, do I have to leave Ireland and return to Canada?

Please contact the Irish immigration authorities directly.

We will provide further updates from Irish Immigration Service Delivery once they are received.

If I am Canadian and I am leaving Ireland, do I have to self-isolate when I get back to Canada?

Yes. In accordance with measures taken by the federal government on Monday, March 16, you must self-isolate for 14 days after returning from travelling abroad.

For more information, please consult:

If I am a Canadian citizen, can I travel to Ireland from Canada?

Avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice.

To limit the spread of COVID-19, many countries have put in place travel or border restrictions and other measures such as movement restrictions and quarantines. Airlines have cancelled flights. New restrictions may be imposed with little warning. Your travel plans may be severely disrupted, and you may be forced to remain outside of Canada longer than expected.

Contact your airline or tour operator to determine options for cancelling or postponing your trip.

If you are still considering travelling or are already outside of Canada:

  • Check your destination’s Safety and securityEntry and exit requirements and Health sections.
  • Get the Government of Canada’s latest updates on COVID-19.
  • Check the Pandemic COVID-19 travel health notice.
  • Find out what commercial options are still available to return to Canada. Consider returning to Canada earlier than planned if these options are becoming more limited.
  • Ensure that you have sufficient finances and necessities, including medication, in case your travels are disrupted.
  • Check with your travel insurance provider to know more about their policies related to COVID-19. Find out if you are covered for medical treatment if you become infected with COVID-19 as well as for extended stays outside of Canada.

This advisory overrides all other risk levels, with the exception of areas for which we advise to avoid all travel (including regional advisories). The advisories to avoid all travel remain valid.

Irish borders are still open. Please note that this can change at any time.

If I am a Canadian citizen, will the Embassy of Canada to Ireland assist me to find flight information and buy or change an airline ticket to return to Canada?

No. Unfortunately, the embassy cannot do this for you. Consular services at the embassy, particularly in the current circumstances, must focus on assisting Canadians in distress requiring urgent assistance and therefore can neither accompany nor replace you in seeking or trying to change a flight. Commercial travel arrangements are your responsibility. You will find general information about air traffic from Ireland to Canada and about possible financial assistance in the other questions.

Can I travel to Canada if I have symptoms of COVID-19?

No. Airlines reserve the right to deny boarding to anyone with COVID-19 symptoms. You must stay in self-isolation or seek medical attention if you have symptoms (such as fever, cough, respiratory difficulties). In this situation, you should follow Ireland’s procedures:

Please also keep the embassy informed of your situation by sending an email to DUBLNConsul@international.gc.ca or sos@international.gc.ca or calling +353 0 1 234 4024. You may also request an individual reimbursable loan if this situation causes you financial difficulty.

What is the status of flights to Canada from Ireland?

Many airlines have cancelled flights. New restrictions may be imposed with little warning. Your travel plans may be severely disrupted, and you may be forced to remain outside of Canada longer than expected.

irect flights from Ireland to Canada have ceased, but flights from other cities in Europe, including London, Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt, are currently offering services to several Canadian destinations. At present, commercial airline flight schedules are in a constant state of flux.

Consular services at the embassy, particularly in the current circumstances, must focus on assisting Canadians in distress requiring urgent assistance and therefore can neither accompany nor replace you in seeking or trying to change a flight. Commercial travel arrangements are your responsibility.

Please consult airline websites for the best options with minimal transit time, and contact the embassy should you require financial assistance through the loan program created by the government for this purpose

Are there any restrictions on my ability to go to the airport to get my flight back to Canada?

You can go to the airport for a flight to Canada, whether it is direct to Canada or through another country (please ensure, however, that there are no specific travel or health measures in place in the country you are transiting through that would prevent you from making your flight connection) . Show officials your plane ticket and your passport.

If I am a Canadian citizen, can I travel in Ireland while waiting for my flight back to Canada?

Please follow advice from the Irish authorities:

If I am a Canadian citizen in Ireland, do I have to follow the same confinement measures as Irish citizens?

Yes. All persons in Ireland are subject to local laws and guidance. It is recommended to practise social distancing and self-isolation. Please restrict your normal day-to-day activities. Please review the Government of Ireland’s restricted movement information.

What is the state of public transit in Ireland, other than international airlines?

All persons in Ireland are subject to local laws and guidance. Please review the Government of Ireland’s restricted movement information.

We recommend that you monitor the following sites for the most up-to-date information:

If commercial flights stop, will I be repatriated?

We have no information on any such measures at this time. We advise you to return to Canada through commercial means. If you decide to stay in Ireland, please ensure that you have sufficient financial resources and basic necessities, including medications. 

Under what conditions can I apply for an individual reimbursable loan of $5000, as announced by the federal government?

The COVID-19 crisis is having a significant impact on Canadians travelling abroad (such as limited movements, diminishing number of flights, quarantine of Canadians abroad). To help Canadians abroad overcome these difficulties, the Government of Canada has established a program of individual loans up to $5,000.
For more information, please consult:

Eligible Canadians currently outside Canada who need financial assistance can contact the nearest Government of Canada office or Global Affairs Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at +1 613 996 8885 (call collect where available) or CAN.finances.CV19@international.gc.ca.
This is a repayable loan to the Government of Canada. Further details will be provided upon application.

How to apply: After you have exhausted all other funding options (for example, contacting friends, family, insurance providers, bank), and if the loan criteria applies to you and your situation, please contact the nearest Government of Canada office.

Note: This assistance is not a compensation fund or grant. Once it is in place, it will be in the form of a loan that will need to be repaid to the government.

Immigration queries

Please note that the Embassy of Canada to Ireland, in Dublin, does not have a visa or immigration section.

We understand that many people are concerned about their visa applications, entry dates, possible extensions, biometric appointments and deadlines. Please contact Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
If you are a resident of Ireland, you can also email LDNimmigration@international.gc.ca.

  • If you can wait to submit your immigration query, please do, as all sections are experiencing an increase in urgent queries.

Please note that our immigration authorities are working hard to answer queries and fully understand that these are unusual circumstances.

Biometric and Visa Application Centre appointments

The Visa Application Centre in Dublin, Ireland, is temporarily closed. See Visa Application Centre for further updates.

You can apply for a visitor visa, study permit or work permit.

For more information, visit How the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is affecting immigration, refugees, citizenship and passport services.

Regular consular services suspended

Preventative measures have been enacted throughout our global network of offices. The embassy has suspended routine operations, including passport, citizenship and notary services. Consular services remain available to Canadians. Canadians in need of assistance should contact the embassy by email at DUBLNConsul@international.gc.ca or by phone at +353 0 1 234 4024.

Please note that emergency consular services are being offered by appointment only.

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