The Irish government has extended the validity of Irish Residence Permits (IRPs).

Key Points:

  • IRPs that were valid in March 2020 are now valid until Jan. 15, 2022.
  • Foreign residents with currently expired IRP cards can use their expired cars to travel to and from the country until Jan. 15.
  • Individuals who have yet to compete their initial IRP registration must obtain a re-entry visa.
  • IRPs must be renewed before returning to Ireland if traveling after Jan. 15.

Additional Information: Authorities extended the validity of IRPs to help facilitate travel throughout the holiday season. More information regarding the extension can be found here.

BAL Analysis: Eligible foreign nationals will now be able to travel from and return to Ireland with expired IRP cards during the holiday season. BAL will continue to monitor visa extensions and will provide more information as it becomes available.

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