Our How to Apply for a Passport Guide takes you through each step of your Irish Passport application. This guide will answer some of the most common questions like:
Irish citizens who are over 18, and currently hold an Irish Passport can now apply online for their new passport. (If you have already applied through Passport Express or your Irish Embassy/Consulate you cannot apply online as this will delay both applications).
Children, first time and name change applicants cannot apply online.
Only Irish citizens are entitled to hold an Irish passport. Before getting an application form and applying, please ensure that you have fulfilled citizenship requirements and that you have the correct documentation.
Passport application forms are available from the:
Additionally, passport application forms can usually be obtained from:
All applications must be made on an original application form (an APS2 application form for citizens resident outside of Ireland).
It is available in Irish (APS2G) and in English (APS2E) at the Embassy of Ireland in Riyadh. You can either pick up the form at the Embassy or Contact Us. The form is not downloadable.
If applying to Embassy Riyadh, you will need to include:
If you are applying for an Irish passport for the first time or have lost your passport you need to include the following:
Further documents are required in certain cases, please select from the option(s) below for information if:
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.
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.
The person who witnesses your signature and confirms your identity must, without exception, be a member of one of the professions listed below and must not be related to you. Retired witnesses are not acceptable. The witness must be resident in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). In the case of passport applications for minors, each parent must sign in the presence of an acceptable witness.
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 delay the processing of your new passport.
The fee depends on the type of passport you apply for:
* Fees are effective March 30th, 2017 *
Standard 10-year passport:
€80 (SR 370)
Large 66-page, 10-year passport:
€125 (SR 575)
Minor, age 0-17 years, 5 year passport :
€45 (SR 210)
Emergency Travel Document*
€30 (SR 140)
Out of Hours Fee** €80 (SR 370)
Passport Certification Fee*** €40 (SR 190)
*This fee applies to both Emergency Travel Certificates and emergency passports.
**The fee is additional to the fee for the passport itself.
***This a standard consular fee that is charged for the verification or certification of any document
We do not accept cards at the Embassy, but you can pay in cash.
The address of the Embassy of Ireland in Riyadh is:
P.O. Box 94349
Passport applications can be delivered by registered post or by a reputable courier without coming to the Embassy. In cases where an approved passport is sent to the applicant by courier, the passport will only be returned by DHL which will also collect the passport fee from the applicant in addition to their own delivery fee.
Please note that for security and administrative reasons, the Embassy will only return documents by DHL and this is charged to the applicant.
We would encourage you to consult the relevant section of our website regarding the service you require before contacting the Embassy.
If you want us to send you a passport application form by post please e-mail or call us stating the delivery method you have chosen and we will send it out to you. If you need more than one form please let us know.
Application forms can be sent to you by courier but you will have to pay the courier fee. In Saudi Arabia this is approximately SAR 180 but can vary depending on the location. Deliveries outside of Saudi Arabia will cost more depending on the country. The Embassy can send a single dispatch of application forms by Saudi Post within Saudi Arabia. Please that if the forms do not arrive or are delayed for an extended period of time, the applicant will have to make their own alternative arrangements to obtain the forms.
If you choose to post your application, we strongly recommend that you use registered mail or a reputable courier service. The Embassy cannot be held responsible for applications or documents lost in transit.
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.
Many applicants fill out the form incorrectly, leading to delays in the processing of their application.