Emergency assistance for Irish citizens in Connecticut, Delaware,
New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia.
The Consulate operates a weekend out-of-hours service for Irish
citizens requiring emergency assistance. If you are in need of
emergency assistance, please contact the Consulate at +
1-212-319-2555 and leave a message on the answering machine.
The answering machine is monitored regularly, and the Duty Officer
will contact you as soon as possible. When you leave a message,
remember to state your name, the nature of the problem, where you
are now, and the details of how the Duty Officer can contact you
(e.g. leave your mobile phone number, or the phone number of the
hotel/hostel where you are staying).
If something goes wrong while you are abroad, you should first
contact your family and/or friends at home. They may be able to
resolve your difficulty for you or help you to do so without
Alternatively, you may contact the Duty Officer at the Department
of Foreign Affairs in Dublin at + 353-1-408-2000.
Loss/Theft of Passport
If your passport is lost or stolen, you should also go to the
nearest Police Station and make a report. Keep a copy of your
statement to the police as you will need to submit it with your
application for a new passport.
Secondly, contact the Consulate. In the case of a genuine
emergency, the Consulate can issue you with an Emergency Travel
Certificate. You will need to present the police report, photo
I.D., airline tickets and two passport photographs to apply for an
Emergency Travel Certificate. There is a fee of $22 for this
If you have been arrested or imprisoned
One of the most important functions of Irish Embassies and
Consulates is to ensure that the rights of Irish citizens who are
arrested or imprisoned abroad are fully respected. If you are
arrested, you should ask the local Authorities to contact the
nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate.
When the Embassy or Consulate is informed of the arrest or
imprisonment of an Irish citizen, they will respond immediately and
provide all possible consular assistance.
The Consulate can:
Visit you or arrange for you to be visited by an Honorary Consul or
by a representative of an Embassy or Consulate
Advise you about the prison system and about your entitlement to
visits, mail and other facilities
Bring details of any medical condition you may have to the
attention of prison officials
Pursue with the prison authorities on your behalf complaints about
ill-treatment or discrimination
Pass messages to and from your family
If you have been the victim of a crime
The Consulate can:
Inform family or friends of your situation
Help you to transfer funds from home if this is necessary
Assist in liaising with the local police
In exceptional circumstances, advance funds to you on the basis of
a strict undertaking to repay the funds when you return to Ireland
Assist in arranging repatriation to Ireland