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The British Embassy Dublin develops and maintains relations between the UK and Ireland.

Their work covers a range of issues including the economic and trade aspects of the bilateral relations between UK and Ireland, advising the British government on Irish policy, and improving Anglo-Irish work in areas such as foreign policy, the EU, science and innovation, energy, sustainable development, climate change, illegal immigration and counter-terrorism.


Services for British nationals

Urgent assistance
If you are in Ireland and you urgently need help (e.g. if you have been attacked, arrested or there has been a death), call +353 (0) 1205 3700. If you are in the UK and concerned about a British national in Ireland, call 020 7008 1500.

Get an emergency travel document
You can apply for an emergency travel document (ETD) if you are abroad and your passport has been lost or stolen, damaged or expired, and you can not get a new or replacement passport in time to travel.

If you are due to travel in the next 24 hours, contact us as soon as possible. Call us before making an appointment if you have never applied for a British passport before or if you are applying for a child under the age of 16.

Book an appointment for an emergency travel document in Dublin

Travel advice: for information and advice on travelling to Ireland, see travel advice for Ireland.

Support if you have been arrested
We will do all we can to contact you within 24 hours of being told that you have been detained or arrested, and will give you a prisoner pack with information for British prisoners in Ireland. We cannot get you out of prison, prevent the local authorities from deporting you after your prison sentence, or interfere in criminal or civil court proceedings.

Legalisation services
The British Embassy Dublin does not provide legalisation services.

Ask the UK government to get a UK document legalised (certified as genuine).

Local service providers
Use our lists of local suppliers and services if you need help in Ireland. Please note that inclusion in these lists does not constitute official endorsement by the British embassy or the UK government.

How else we can help
In addition to the services listed above we can also:

  • provide information about transferring funds

  • provide appropriate help if you have suffered rape or serious assault, are a victim of other crime, or are in hospital

  • help people with mental illness

  • offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child abductions,missing people and kidnapping

  • contact family or friends for you if you want

  • make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters or other crises abroad

For more information on the services we can provide, see Support for British nationals abroad: A guide.

General information on living in Ireland.

What the embassy cannot do for you
Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we cannot:

  • help you enter a country, for example, if you do not have a visa or your passport is not valid

  • give you legal advice, investigate crimes or carry out searches for missing people, although we can give you details of people who may be able to help you in these cases, such as English-speaking lawyers.

  • get you better treatment in hospital or prison than is given to local people

  • pay any bills or give you money (in very exceptional circumstances we may lend you some money from public funds, which you’ll have to pay back)

  • make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation

  • make business arrangements on your behalf

Consular fees
We charge fees for some of our services. See the full list of consular fees in Ireland.

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