Ireland | Government Announces Travel Exceptions for Holiday Season

The government of Ireland has announced that travel is allowed on expired Ireland Residence Permit (IRP) cards from December 9, 2022, to January 31, 2023, provided a renewal application was timely submitted (before the expiry date).

Further to the below, to facilitate Non-EEA Nationals legally resident in the State who are required to renew their current permission and who wish to travel internationally during the holiday period, the Minister is issuing a Travel Confirmation Notice requesting carriers to allow individuals to travel on their recently expired IRP card where an application to renew their IRP card was submitted in advance of the expiry date of their IRP card.

What does this mean?

  • Non-EEA Nationals (including visa-required nationals) may use their current recently expired IRP card to enable them to travel in confidence from  December 9, 2022, to January 31, 2023, provided an application to renew their registration permission was submitted in advance of the expiry date of their IRP Card.

Action items for Employees with an expiring IRP card:

  • Employees should (1) download and print this notice and carry it along with their (2) expired IRP card and (3) proof of renewal application (email confirmation which details the date of application and OREG number).
  • Employees should be ready to present all 3 documents to the border officer upon request.

The full notice is available here.

Erickson Insights

The notice applies to Dublin-based IRP cardholders only. Those based outside of Dublin should wait to receive their valid IRP cards as it will essentially be at the discretion of the individual immigration officer at Border Control and the airline also.

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