Ireland’s Immigration Services Delivery (ISD) of the Department of Justice has acknowledged that persons seeking to renew their permissions to reside in Ireland are currently experiencing a backlog in processing of those renewals. Following the completion of the renewal process for a registration, it may take a further two weeks to receive an Irish Residence Permit (IRP) card via post.

To facilitate Non-EU/EEA nationals legally resident in Ireland who are required to renew their current permission and who wish to travel internationally during the Christmas and New Year period, the Minister for Justice is issuing a Travel Confirmation Notice.

What to Expect

The Notice requests carriers to allow individuals to travel on their recently expired IRP card during the period from December 6, 2023 to January 31, 2024 if they have submitted an application to renew their residence permission in advance of the expiry date of their IRP card.

  • Persons should download and print this travel noticeand present it, along with their expired IRP card, and proof of their renewal application (email confirmation that details the date of application) to immigration authorities and airlines if requested to do so.
  • ISD will advise all airlines and foreign missions of the Irish initiatives in place. However, it cannot force them to comply.
  • If you have to travel through a third country to return to Ireland it is a matter for that jurisdiction to require you to meet their immigration requirements including visa etc.
  • Travellers intending to use the travel notice should contact their carrier in advance of travel.
  • Further details on these arrangements can be found here.