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  • Extension of Irish Residence Permit card validity period


The government of Ireland made changes to immigration requirements for the winter holiday season. Non-European Economic Area (EEA) foreign nationals who held an Irish Residence Permit (IRP) card valid in March 2020 and since expired will have their card validity automatically extended until January 15, 2022. Travelers will be able to print a copy of a travel information notice and display it with their existing IRP card as proof of residence when returning to Ireland before January 15, 2022.

What are the Changes?

The Irish government extended the validity of expired Irish Residence Permit cards until January 15, 2022, to facilitate holiday travel. They have also published a travel letter that travelers may print and carry upon entry if their IRP is expired. They enter before January 15, 2022, to mitigate the chance of scrutiny upon entry.

Looking Ahead

The Irish government is working to ensure that airline carriers are aware of these changes. Continue to check the government of Ireland’s website for additional updates and information.

Source: Department of Justice, Ireland

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