Level 5 Restrictions - Suspension of Passport and FBR Services
News01 February 2021
Passport and Foreign Birth Registration services have been impacted as a result of Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions in Ireland.
During Level 5 restrictions online passport applications can be submitted but will only be processed when restrictions are moved to Level 4. Paper passport applications will not be processed until restrictions are moved to Level 3. Foreign Birth Registrations will only be processed when the Irish Government announces a return to Level 3 restrictions. For emergency applications please contact us at email@example.com.
Please note that the Embassy can only accept paper passport applications for 1st time applicants within our consular area and those who cannot renew their passports online because their Irish passport is over 5 years expired.
Please note that all adult and children's passports can now be renewed online at https://www.dfa.ie/passportonline/ as long as it is less than 5 years since the previous Irish passport expired. If you can renew online (that is to say, if you already hold an Irish passport which expired less than five years ago) you now must do so. The passport office will no longer process paper applications from those who are eligible to apply for their passport online and any paper applications under this category will be returned to the sender.
Please take note of the barcode number on the top of your application form before submitting it so you can track your passport at www.passporttracking.dfa.ie. The barcode tracking number will only become live once certain checks are completed so please be patient if you don't see your application appearing in the initial weeks after submitting it.
If you wish to apply for an Irish passport for the first time, please check the basis of your entitlements. If your connection to Ireland is through a grandparent born in Ireland (i.e. if your parent was not born in Ireland), you must first be entered on the Register of Foreign Births and have received your Foreign Birth Registration certificate. This is an online application process centralised in Dublin. The FBR office in Dublin is currently closed and will only reopen when the Irish Government announces a move to Level 3 restrictions. The Embassy has no involvement in the FBR process and thus is not in a position to advise on individual queries.