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How to apply for a Passport

Irish Citizens who are over 18, and have previously held an Irish Passport can now apply for their Passport Book and/or Passport Card online at https://www.dfa.ie/passportonline/.

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:

How to apply

Applying Online for a Passport Book / Passport Card

Irish Citizens in Finland who are over 18 years, and have previously held an Irish Passport* can now apply for their Passport Book online at https://www.dfa.ie/passportonline/. In this case, the Embassy has no involvement in the application process and your Passport will be posted directly from Ireland. This option is not available for applicants under 18 or first time adult applicants.

Irish Citizens over 18 years who hold a valid Irish Passport or who are applying for a passport renewal online can apply for a Passport Card online at https://www.dfa.ie/passportonline/. The Passport Card is accepted for travel within the European Union and the European Economic Area** and is valid for up to 5 years. As the application must be made online, the Embassy has no involvement in the application process and your passport card will be posted directly from Ireland.

Fees for Online Applications

Adult 10 year passport: €80

Passport Card: €35

Adult 10 Year Passport and Passport Card when applied for together: €105

Postal Fee to Finland: €5

Applying at the Embassy

Irish Citizens resident in Finland who are: 1) First time applicants; 2) Holders of an Irish passport which expired more than 5 years ago; 3) Wishing to change their name on their passport; 4) Under 18 years; or 5) Applying for a Business Passport; must apply at the Embassy. Applicants who are eligible to apply online but would prefer to lodge a paper application, may also do so.

Applicants must complete and submit a paper application known as an APS2 form with the required documents and fee to the Embassy in Helsinki. APS2 forms are available at the Embassy in Helsinki, or upon request, the Embassy can send you the passport application form by post. This may be subject to postage fees.

Please read carefully the above tabs for instructions on what documents should be included, the photograph requirements, witnessing the application and paper application fees.

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*Your Passport Book must have expired less than 5 years prior and your Passport Number must begin with either the letter ‘P’ or ‘L followed by another letter and 7 digits e.g. PA1234567. Passport holders whose passports begin with the letter P or L followed by 6 digits e.g. P123456 are not eligible for online application and must apply via the paper route ’.

**Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Romania.

Documentation

You will need to include:

  • A completed and witnessed APS2 application form. See the "Application Forms" tab for information on how to obtain a form
  • 4 Passport Photographs (2 witnessed)
  • Previous passport if you have had one
  • Long form birth certificate. This must be included for all under 18s and for adults if you have lost your passport, or if applying for your first passport. Please note a certified extract from the Population Information System is acceptable for those born in Finland.
  • Civil Marriage Certificate (if you are changing your name). Please note a certified extract from the Population Information System is acceptable for those married in Finland.
  • Additional documents for first and/or lost passport application. See below for information.

If you are applying for an Irish passport for the first time; or your previous passport expired more than 5 years ago; or have lost your passport you will need to include the following:

  • Your original long-form birth certificate and your original civil marriage certificate (if you've changed your surname). Please note a certified extract from the Population Information System is acceptable for those born or married in Finland.
  • If these documents are not in English, you must also submit a certified English version of the originals, translated by a registered translator.
  • A certified copy of your photo identification, such as your driver's licence, or the original copy of your passport from another country or your college identification card. You can get it certified by the person who witnesses your application form.
  • An original document showing proof of your name, such as a pay slip, college registration correspondence or social welfare receipts.
  • An original document showing proof of your address, such as a utility bill, bank statement or official correspondence from a public or private sector organisation.

Further documents are required in certain cases, please select from the option(s) below for information if:

  • You were born outside Ireland to a parent born on the island of Ireland
  • Neither of your parents were born in Ireland but you can claim Irish Citizenship by descent
  • You are a Naturalised Irish Citizen
  • You were born abroad and adopted under Irish Law
  • You are a Post-Nuptial Citizen

If you were born outside Ireland to a parent born on the island of Ireland, you will also need:

  • Your original long-form birth certificate and your original civil marriage certificate (if you've changed your surname). Please note a certified extract from the Population Information System is acceptable for those born in Finland
  • The long-form birth certificates and civil marriage certificate (if applicable) of your Irish-born parent.

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 neither of your parents were born in Ireland but you can claim Irish Citizenship by descent, you will also need:

  • Your original foreign birth registration certificate. Please see the citizenship section for more information on this certificate.

If you are a naturalised Irish citizen, you will also need:

  • Your original naturalisation certificate. Please see the citizenship section for more information on this certificate.
  • Your original long-form birth certificate and your original civil marriage certificate (if you've changed your surname). Please note a certificate extract from the Population Information System is acceptable for those born/married in Finland.

If the birth/marriage certificate is not in English, you must also submit certified English versions of the originals, translated by a registered translator.

Born Abroad and adopted under Irish Law

  • Your certificate of entry by the Adoption Authority of Ireland in the Register of Foreign Adoptions.
  • Your original civil marriage certificate (if you've changed your surname).
  • A document that proves your adoptive parent was an Irish citizen at the time of your adoption, such as a long form birth certificate or an Irish passport.

Post-Nuptial Citizen

Your original post-nuptial certificate.

Your original long-form birth certificate and your original civil marriage certificate (if you've changed your surname). Please note a certified extract from the Population Information System is acceptable for those born/married in Finland.

Photo Guidelines

What are the guidelines for passport photographs?

Size

  • Minimum: 35mm x 45mm
  • Maximum: 38mm x 50mm

Lighting and focus

  • Photos must be in sharp focus and correctly exposed
  • Shadows from the head must NOT appear in the background
  • Good colour balance and natural skin tones are essential
  • 'Red eye' in photographs is not acceptable
  • A clear contrast is needed between facial features and background

Photo quality

  • Photos must be printed on photo-quality paper at a high resolution
  • There should be no ink marks or creases
  • Digital enhancements or changes are not acceptable
  • The reverse of the photos must be white and unglazed
  • Black and white photos are recommended as they're digitally printed onto the passport in black and white. But we also accept colour photos.

Passport photo do's and don't's

Pose

  • Do centre your head in the photo
  • Do look directly at the camera
  • Do make sure your facial features are clearly visible, from the bottom of your chin to the crown of your head
  • Don't tilt your head up/down or left/right

Expression

  • Do keep your facial expressions neutral (no raised eyebrows, frowns)
  • Do keep both eyes open and your mouth closed
  • Don't smile

Glasses, head covers and clothing

  • Do wear your glasses (if you normally wear them) but make sure there's no reflection on the lenses and the frames don't obscure your eyes
  • Don't wear sunglasses or glasses with tinted lenses, unless they're prescription
  • Don't wear a head covering unless it's for religious or medical reasons
  • Don't wear a uniform, civil or military (e.g. showing epaulettes, insignia)

Infants

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.

People with disabilities

If you have a disability that prevents you meeting all of these requirements, contact us and we will offer you further advice.

How to get your passport application witnessed

Witnessing in Finland

Identification (Section 9 of your application form)

Consent of parents/guardians (Section 9 of your application form)

Lost, stolen or damaged passports (Section 6 of your application form.

Identification

A member of one of the professions listed below who are resident in Finland can witness your application form as long as they are satisfied as to your identity and that your four photos are a true likeness of you. Witnesses cannot be related to 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.

  • Judge/Magistrate. The Maistraatti is the most common witness for passport applications in Finland. At the Maistraatti we advise you to ask for the notary public. The closest office to the Embassy in Helsinki is Albertinkatu 25, tel: 09 695441. The Maistraatti charge a small fee for witnessing passport applications.
  • Police officer. Please note the office secretary in a police station in Finland (toimistosihteeri) is not acceptable as a witness. The witness must be a police officer, not an administrator.
  • Member of clergy
  • Medical doctor
  • Lawyer
  • Bank manager/assistant bank manager
  • Elected public representative
  • Peace commissioner
  • School principal/vice principal
  • Accountant

You must:

  • Sign Section 8 of the form in the presence of the witness. Everyone aged seven and over must sign their own form.

The witness must:

  • Complete Section 9 of the form, including a work landline number - mobile phone numbers will not be accepted
  • Insert the form number from Section 9 on the back of two of your four photos
  • Sign and stamp the back of those two photos

Remember...

Your application form is only valid for six months from the date your witness signs Section 9

Consent of parents or guardians

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.

Parents/guardians must:

  • Fill in and sign the relevant part of Section 7 of the passport application form in the presence of a listed witness
  • Find out what to do if both parents/guardians are unable to sign Section 7
  • This is the same witness list as the Section 9 identification requirement.

The witness must:

  • Complete, sign and stamp Section 7, including a work landline telephone number - mobile telephone numbers are not acceptable
  • Sign each column separately if they witness both parents/guardians' signatures.

Lost/stolen and damaged passports

If your passport has been lost, stolen or damaged, you must:

  • Complete Section 6 of the application form, explaining how your previous passport was lost, stolen or damaged
  • Have it witnessed and stamped by the same person who witnessed Section 9 of your application.

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.

Remember...

Do not, under any circumstances, try to travel on a passport that has been reported as lost or stolen.

Fees and Where to apply

Fees

The fee depends on the type of passport you apply for:

Fees and where to apply

Passport TypeFee
10 year Adult Passport €95.00
10 year Adult Large Passport €125.00
5 year Passport for those under 18 years €45.00
Postage fee (if you would like the Embassy to send your passport by registered post within Finland) €8.00
Emergency Travel Certificate (for urgent travel to Ireland; valid for one journey only) €30.00

We do not accept cash, credit or debit cards.

Fees must be paid by bank transfer to the following account:

Bank: Nordea
Account Name: Embassy of Ireland
IBAN: FI81 2153 1800 0247 79
Swift: NDEAFIHH

Where to apply

The Embassy of Ireland is located at:

Erottajankatu 7 A, 3rd floor
00130  Helsinki

For General, passport and visa enquiries:

Phone +358 9 68 24 240

Contact Us

The Passport Section is open to the public from 09.00 - 12.00 and in the afternoons 14.00 - 17.00 Monday to Friday.

Passport applications can also be delivered by post without coming to the Embassy.

We would encourage you to consult the relevant section of our website regarding the service you require before contacting the Embassy.

If you choose to post your application, we strongly recommend you to use registered mail or a reputable courier service. The Embassy cannot be held responsible for applications or documents lost in transit.

Remember…

Read all sections of the passport application form to make sure you've filled it out correctly, including photo requirements and how to get it witnessed properly.

Remember....

Read all sections of the passport application form to make sure you've filled it out correctly, including photo requirements and how to get it witnessed properly.