Cookies on the DFA website

We use cookies to give the best experience on our site while also complying with Data Protection requirements. Continue without changing your settings, and you'll receive cookies, or change your cookie settings at any time.

Skip to main content

How to apply for a Passport

Our How to Apply for a Passport Guide takes you through each step of your Irish Passport application. Please note that applicants from UAE, Qatar, Kuwait & Afghanistan must apply through the Embassy of Ireland in Abu Dhabi, or at the Irish Passport Office in Dubai – UAE.

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:

  • what form you need and where to get one
  • documents you need to include
  • photograph requirements
  • witnessing an application form
  • how to submit it
  • passport fees

Application Forms

Please note that the application form is also available in Irish (APS2G Form).

In the United Arab Emirates, passport application forms (APS2E) are available for collection from the Embassy in Abu Dhabi, the Passport Office in Dubai or from the Aramex Office in Al Ain. Embassy and Dubai Office hours are from 9am to 1pm, Sunday to Thursday.

In the State of Kuwait, passport application forms are available in DHL office (+965-1808 345).

In the State of Qatar, passport application forms are available in DHL office located in Al Salwa Road (+974-4458 7888).

Documentation

You will need to include:

  • A completed and witnessed APS2E application form. See the "Application Forms" tab for information on how to get 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.
  • Civil Marriage Certificate (if you are changing your name)
  • Additional documents for first and/or lost passport applications. See below for information.

If you are applying for an Irish passport for the first time or have lost your passport you need to include the following:

  • Your original long-form birth certificate and your original civil marriage certificate (if you've changed your surname).
  • If these documents are not in English or in Irish, 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 license, 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 organization.

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

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).
  • The long-form birth certificate 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 was 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 if you need to apply for this certificate.

If you are a naturalized Irish Citizen, you will also need:

  • Your original naturalization 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).

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).

Photo Guidelines

We recommend that you use a digital photograph shop where photographs can be more easily produced to the specifications required. In addition to the instructions below, there is an information insert with the Passport Application form which you should bring with you to show the photographer.

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 color 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 color photos.

Passport photo do's and don'ts

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

Identification (Section 9 of your application form)

Consent of parents/guardians (Section 7 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 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.

  • Medical doctor
  • Accountant
  • School principal/vice principal
  • Lawyer
  • Bank manager/assistant bank manager

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 phone 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 applicant 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
  • This is the same witness list as the Section 9 identification requirement.
  • The witness to the consent must be from the list of professions given at top of page and the witness must know you personally or professionally (or you may be identified to them by someone else whom you both know).
  • Find out what to do if both parents/guardians are unable to sign Section 7

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 a police officer and have the same police officer witness 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 delay the processing of your new passport.

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

Standard Passports

  • Standard (33 Page) 10 year passport-AED 430.00
  • Large (66 page) 10 year passport-AED 560.00
  • Standard 5-year passport for those between 0 and 17 years-AED 200.00

Emergency Travel Documents (ETC or an emergency passport)

  • Standard-140 AED
  • Out of Hours Fee-360 AED
  • Passport Certification Fee-180 AED

We cannot issue Emergency Passports to first time applicants. Emergency Passports can be used to exit the UAE however, not to re-enter.

Payment

We accept Cash Payment in the office or electronically by Bank Transfer.

Bank Details for Electronic Bank Transfer:

  • Name of Holder: Embassy of Ireland-Abu Dhabi
  • Account Number: 6201302653
  • Bank Name: National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Main Branch, Khalifa Street, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Swift Code: NBADAEAAXXX
  • IBAN: AE 60 0350 0000 0620 1302 653

Applicants who pay via Bank Transfer must submit the bank payment receipt with their passport application.

We regret that due to a change in the regulations relating to credit card processing, we cannot accept credit card payments. You should NOT enter credit card details in section 1 of the passport application form.

Where to Apply

The Embassy accepts applications from residents in UAE, Qatar, Kuwait & Afghanistan.

Application should be sent to:

Embassy of Ireland
Al Yasat Street off 6th Street
Al Bateen
P.O. Box 61581
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

You can also submit your application in person during office hours. If posting 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.

Applications are also accepted at the Irish Passport Office Dubai however; they will be processed in Abu Dhabi.

Irish Passport Office
4th Floor - Office 4B
The H Hotel Dubai
Commercial Tower
No 1 Sheikh Zayed Road
PO Box 115425
Dubai

Office hours: 9am to 1pm Sunday to Thursday
Phone: +97143760414
Website: www.embassyofireland.ae

Applications will be sent from Dubai to Abu Dhabi every Thursday.

 

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.