information about making the move

Returning to Ireland
from Australia

Thinking
of returning?

There are extra considerations for travel to Ireland during Covid-19, with international borders closed and travel precautions in place. Prepare for travel by clicking on the links below.  

Do you need a travel exemption? Here are the rules on temporary and permanent residents leaving Australia.

Apply for a travel exemption online.

Guidelines for self-isolating.

Travellers arriving in Ireland will be required to fill out a Passenger Locator Form. Download and fill in the form ahead of time here.

If you’re thinking of returning during COVID-19 check out our infographic which details extra organisations and advice to help you make the move.

Should I stay or should I go?

Returning to Ireland project

Even before the onset of COVID-19, the The Claddagh Association Inc of Perth had been working with increasing numbers of Irish people contacting us for advice about returning to Ireland.

In 2020, the global pandemic has brought a new range of pressures which have led some people to ask themselves: Should I stay or should I go?  

It is a big question. Emigrants thinking about returning to Ireland need to take into account many practical and emotional factors, and the decision can be a very difficult one.

In 2018-2019 the Claddagh Association developed the Returning to Ireland project. Over the life of this project, we researched the information needed to make a successful transition from Australia to Ireland. We ran seminars, developed a PowerPoint presentation and a brochure, and collated links to other useful resources. All this information is now available in the links below and we hope it will help you to answer this big, defining question.

The Claddagh has supported the Irish community in Western Australia with advice and practical help since 1997. The Returning to Ireland project was funded by the Irish Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Emigrant Support Programme . We received a lot of helpful information and support from Crosscare Migrant Project who are based in Dublin. They work with Irish emigrants and people who have moved to Ireland. 

Here at the Claddagh Association we talked to people who want to return to Ireland, read the reports about barriers to returning, and investigated the practicalities of moving from Australia to Ireland.  We gathered all the most crucial information into our handy brochure – Returning to Ireland from Australia: Tips for a successful move

Over the life of the Returning to Ireland project Claddagh ran a number of seminars sharing the information we researched with individuals and families who were thinking of returning to Ireland. As each group asked us more questions we added more and more information to the presentation. For a comprehensive consideration of all the issues to be aware of when returning home to Ireland view our presentation here.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Claddagh has produced a number of infographics about the most requested information topics. Here you can read about applying for travel exemptions to leave Australia and return to Ireland as well as about organisations that can support you in a move back to Ireland during COVID-19. 

The Claddagh Association is one of a group of organisations that support Irish people who are deciding whether to go home to Ireland. We have collected these links so you can check out more information that might be useful to you.

Information about the new de facto preclearance process for entry to Ireland.

2017 report by Crosscare Migrant Project on the experiences of 400 recently returned Irish emigrants.

2018 report highlighting barriers to return and suggesting solutions.

Citizensinformation.ie provides comprehensive information on public services and on the entitlements of citizens in Ireland. In August 2020 they added information to the website about returning to Ireland.

Crosscare Migrant Project are a Dublin based nonprofit funded by the Government of Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Emigrant Support Programme. They support intending and returning Irish emigrants with information and advocacy.

Global Irish, at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, helps Irish people and people of Irish descent maintain their connections to Ireland, through information and support.

Advice Northern Ireland provides leadership and services to a network of 62 advice services across Northern Ireland. They can help you get in touch with the local advice service in the area where you intend to settle. Each advice service offers free, independent advice on issues such as housing, employment, benefits and debt.

The Border People is a resource provided by the Centre for Cross Border Studies to provide information to people who cross the border to live, work, study and retire.

Citizens Advice UK offer independent, impartial advice on any problem a person brings to them. Their website does not cover Northern Ireland but they do offer a list of independent advice services in Northern Ireland here.

nidirect is the official government website for Northern Ireland citizens. It aims to make it easier to access government information and services. There is no dedicated section for emigrants returning to Northern Ireland but you can use the search function to find specific information and services related to your return.

Irish Expats Returning to Ireland is a private Facebook group set up for Irish people returning to Ireland from anywhere in the world.

The Irish International Business Network is a network of Irish entrepreneurs and business professionals based all over the world. You can interact with others via the website. While there is no local group in Australia they do hold events in Dublin which might be useful for those returning to Ireland.

The Ireland Move Club describes itself as a social community for movers to Ireland. You can register on their website to ask questions and share knowledge about moving back to Ireland.  

The Irish Times Abroad Network circulates a weekly email with the best stories from Irish Times Abroad, The Irish Times’ coverage about emigration and the Irish diaspora. It also gives members the option to participate in polls of interest to the Irish abroad and to contribute to Irish Times Abroad. 

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