Diplomatic supports for Irish people abroad
If you are in a country where there is no embassy or consulate, you can contact embassies or consulates of other European Union countries for assistance.
Embassies and consulates can be of assistance if:
- You need an emergency passport
- You have been the victim of crime or illness or have had a serious accident
- You have been arrested or imprisoned while abroad
- You are facing deportation
- You need help in transferring funds from home
- A family member or friend is missing abroad
- There is a death abroad and the remains need to be returned to Ireland.
There is a limit to what the embassy or consulate can do. For example, if you have been ill or in an accident, they can:
- Contact your family or friends in Ireland
- Help you find English-speaking doctors, translators, and medical services
- Liaise with local medical services on your behalf
- Transfer funds from family and friends to you.
However, they cannot pay your medical bills or other medical expenses. They also cannot get involved in commercial or legal disputes, give legal advice or pay your legal bills.
Further information about the range of services relating to the consular protection of Irish citizens is available from the Consular Section of the Department of Foreign Affairs – see 'Where to apply' below. You can also follow the official Twitter account of your local embassy or consulate for regular updates.