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The following information will help you navigate the immigration aspect of returning to Ireland with children—whether they have Irish passports or not. For other resources on returning with children, click here.

For immigration purposes, children are defined as minor dependants (under 18) or dependants in full-time education (age 23 and under) of either you (the Irish citizen) or your non-Irish spouse or de facto partner. Please be advised that while this page is updated regularly, it is intended as a guide only – always check irishimmigration.ie or contact your local Irish embassy or consulate for the latest official information.

Children Born Abroad

If your child was born abroad and you were an Irish citizen at the time of their birth, your child may also be an Irish citizen either from birth or by applying to the Foreign Births Register. We advise you to contact your local Irish Embassy or Consulate before you return to Ireland for information on Irish passports and Foreign Birth Registration.

Children with Dual Citizenship

If your child is an Irish citizen but also has citizenship from another country, they should travel to Ireland on their Irish passport. If your child is entitled to Irish citizenship but does not yet have an Irish passport, we strongly recommend applying for one as soon as possible to avoid any immigration issues.

In the event that getting an Irish passport for your child is not possible before your return, they can travel on another passport. Depending on their nationality, they may need a visa to travel to Ireland—check here.

Make sure you enter Ireland with your child. You will need your Irish passport and a copy of their birth certificate naming you as their parent to show to border control on arrival.

Children with Foreign Citizenship

Children who are citizens of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA), United Kingdom, or Switzerland can join an Irish parent in Ireland.

For children who are citizens of other countries, certain criteria may apply. They may also need a visa to travel to Ireland. If you have a child who is not currently entitled to Irish citizenship, contact us for advice tailored to your specific situation.

Guardians and Non-Biological Parents

If you are not listed as a parent on the birth certificate of the child travelling with you, please see this guidance from the Department of Justice.

Page last updated on 20 February, 2024

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