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:
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).
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.
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.
Lighting and focus
Glasses, head covers and clothing
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.
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)
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.
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 applicant 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.
Do not, under any circumstances, try to travel on a passport that has been reported as lost or stolen.
We cannot issue Emergency Passports to first time applicants. Emergency Passports can be used to exit the UAE however, not to re-enter.
We accept Cash Payment in the office or electronically by Bank Transfer.
Bank Details for Electronic Bank Transfer:
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.
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
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 Embassy Representative Office in Dubai. However, they will be processed in Abu Dhabi. It is strongly advised that you make an appointment before attending the Dubai office. Please note that the Dubai Office will be closed on the 14th and 15th October and will reopen on Tuesday 16th.
Irish Embassy Representative Office
4th Floor - Office 4B
The H Hotel Dubai
No 1 Sheikh Zayed Road
PO Box 115425
Office hours: 9am to 1pm Sunday to Thursday
Phone: + 971 (0) 4 3298382
Applications will be sent from Dubai to Abu Dhabi every Tuesday.
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.