Irish Citizens living in Belgium who are over 18, and have previously held an Irish Passport should, where possible, use the Online Passport Application Service when renewing their Passport Book and/or Passport Card or replacing a lost/stolen/damaged passport.
If you are not eligible, or do not wish, to apply online, our How to Apply for a Passport Guide takes you through each step of your Irish Passport application. The guide will answer some of the most common questions like:
Irish citizens aged 18 and over, who have previously had an Irish passport, can apply online for a new Passport and/or a Passport Card.
Applying online saves time, costs less and does not require witnessing. Your new passport and/or passport card will be dispatched directly from the Irish Passport Office to the address you provide in the online application.
For further information and to apply online visit the Passport Online website.
The Embassy has no role in online applications and queries related to applications submitted online should be directed to the Passport Service.
If you are resident outside of Ireland and do not qualify for or wish to use the online system, you need to use an APS2 application form.
It is available in Irish (APS2G) and in English (APS2E) .
APS2 forms are available:
If the birth/marriage certificates are not in English, you must submit a certified English version of the original, translated by a registered translator.
If the birth/marriage certificate is not in English, you must also submit certified English versions of the originals, translated by a registered translator.
Photo guidelines for taking a digital photograph for online renewals.
What are the guidelines for passport photographs?
Infants or very young children who can't support themselves should be photographed lying down on a plain, white surface. No one else should appear in the photo, so make sure that hands or arms used to support the child are not visible.
If you have a disability that prevents you meeting all of these requirements, contact us and we will offer you further advice.
Witnessing in Belgium
A member of one of the professions listed below can witness your passport application form as long as they are satisfied as to your identify and that your four photos are a true likeness of you. Make sure you bring photo identification with you and be aware that the witness may ask you for more proof of identification - this is at their discretion.
The following witnesses are not accepted in Belgium:
Your application form is only valid for six months from the date your witness signs Section 9.
This is an additional requirement for children. Everyone under the age of 18 must have the consent of their parents/guardians to get a passport and this consent must be witnessed.
The only exception to this is if the child is married.
If your passport has been lost, stolen or damaged, you must:
If you lose two or more passports, it may restrict the period of validity for your next passport and it may not be possible to receive your passport in less than 10 working days.
The fee depends on the type of passport you apply for:
** Fees effective 30 March, 2017 **
The Embassy cannot accept payment by credit/debit card.If you wish to have your passport returned by post, please add €7 to the fee above to cover the cost of registered post.
We accept payments in cash at the Embassy Public Counter.
Fees can also be paid by bank transfer from a Belgian bank account to the following account (please include the name of the applicant and reference number of the application in the details section):
Account Name – Embassy of Ireland
IBAN – BE34 0017 5539 8690
Where to apply
The Embassy of Ireland Passport Section Brussels, is located at:
Rue Froissart - Froissartstraat 50
Our opening hours can be found here.
Passport applications by post
If you choose to post your application, we strongly recommend that you use registered mail or a reputable courier service. The Embassy is not responsible for applications or documents lost in transit.
APS2 forms are available:
Read all the sections of the application form to make sure you have filled all the information correctly, including photo requirements and how to get the form witnessed properly. Many applicants fill out the form incorrectly, leading to delays in the processing of their application.