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If you are an Irish citizen and you live outside of the island, you are entitled to receive diplomatic support from Irish Embassies/Consulates abroad.

There are Irish Embassies and Consulates-General located in countries throughout the world which, if you are in need, can assist you while you are abroad.
Specifically, embassies and consulates can provide advice and assistance if:

  • You need an emergency passport or other travel documents:
  • You have been involved in a crime or in a serious accident;
  • You have been arrested or imprisoned while abroad;
  • You need linguistic and cultural support;
  • Consulates and embassies respond promptly to major crimes committed abroad;
  • They can help to transfer funds when conventional means are not available;
  • They take care of body repatriation in case of death abroad.

For example, if you are ill or involved in an accident, embassies and consulates can inform family or friends, advise and liaise with local medical services on your behalf, provide a list of English-speaking doctors etc.

However, Embassies and Consulates can’t offer medical or legal advice; as they don’t have a budget for medical, legal or other expenses, they can’t pay for relatives to come visit you, and they do not deal with commercial or insurance disputes.

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