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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 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

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.

If you are resident outside of Ireland, you need to use an APS2 application form.  

APS2 forms are available from the Embassy of Ireland, Plot 25 Yusuf Lule Road, Kampala (after the Fairway roundabout) during consular services opening hours.

Applications must be made on an original APS2 application form. This application form is only available at Irish Embassies and Consulates; it is a different form to the form available from the Passport Office in Ireland.

Please read the notes and each section carefully before completing the application form. Application forms which are not correctly completed cannot be processed and this will cause unnecessary delays.

Applying for an Irish passport from Rwanda

If applying for an Irish passport from Rwanda, the application form can be collected from the British High Commission in Kigali, Rwanda. The requirements and passport fees can be found on www.dfa.ie (and on this page).

The applicant must send the completed application form and all required documentation by courier to the Embassy of Ireland in Kampala, and arrange with the courier service for subsequent collection of the passport. Fees for passport applications from Rwanda must be paid for in Euros.

Embassy of Ireland
25 Yusuf Lule Road
P.O. Box 7791
Kampala
Uganda

If you have further questions regarding applying for a passport from Rwanda, please contact us.

 

You will need to include:

  • A completed, signed and witnessed APS2E application form. See the "Application Forms" tab for information on how to get a form
  • 4 Passport Photographs (2 signed and marked with the form number by your witness)
  • The correct fee in Ugandan Shilling  (Euros in the case of applications from Rwanda)
  • 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/stolen 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 if your passport is lost/stolen 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, 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 refer to the details 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 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 if you need to apply for 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).

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).

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.

 

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.

  • Police officer
  • Member of clergy
  • Medical doctor
  • Lawyer
  • Bank manager/assistant bank manager
  • Elected public representative
  • Notary public/commissioner for oaths
  • Peace commissioner
  • School principal/vice principal
  • Accountant
  • Diplomat or consular officer of an Irish Embassy

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 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 have a poor passport record, e.g. have lost two or more passports, it is likely that only very limited passport facilities will be given for specific travel purposes. On each occasion on which a passport is issued, even when this is a limited validity passport, the full passport fee will be payable.

Remember...

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

 

Passport Fees

Type

Eligibility

Fee (in Euro)

Standard 10 Year

Available only to those aged 18 years and older

€80

Large 10 Year (66 pages)

Available on request to very frequent travellers aged 18 years and older

€110

Standard 3 Year

Issued to Children under 3 years

€16

Standard 5 Year

Issued to youths aged between 3 - 17 years inclusive

€26.50

How to Pay:

For passport applications made at the Embassy of Ireland in Uganda, passport fees must be paid in Ugandan shilling. As exchange rates vary on a weekly basis, please contact the Embassy before you apply to find out the correct fee in Ugandan shilling for that month. If you are applying for a passport and are living in Rwanda you must pay in Euros.

*Passport fees can be paid by credit card by filling in the relevant section on the passport form.

The fees above relate to applications submitted at the Embassy of Ireland in Uganda. 

Where to apply:

The Consular Office at the Embassy of Ireland in Uganda is open Monday to Thursday from 10.00am to 12.00pm and from 2.00pm to 4.00pm, and Friday from 10.00am to 12.00am.

You can lodge your application in person at the Embassy from Monday to Friday between these hours.