On 15 November, I announced that persons with expired IRP cards may continue to use the cards to enable them to depart and return to the state in confidence. I also suspended the re-entry visa requirement for minors aged 16 years and under from 12 November 2021 to 15 January 2022.
Customers holding an Irish Residence Permit card that was in-date at the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, have now had its validity period extended to 15 January 2022. This means that they may use their current expired card to enable them to depart from and return to Ireland in confidence over Christmas and until 15 January 2022.
Anyone travelling during this time can print a copy of a travel confirmation notice in the link below and display this with their existing IRP card to show proof of residence when returning to Ireland before the 15 January 2022.
Travel Notice: www.irishimmigration.ie/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Travel-Confirmation-Notice-Nov-2021.pdf
My Department has engaged with airline carriers to notify them of this new arrangement and to ensure that the process runs smoothly. It can also be displayed as proof of residence for employment purposes or to access any State services and supports that people are ordinarily eligible for.