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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 Book and/or Passport Card online at

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
  • Documents
  • Photographs
  • Witnessing your application
  • Fees and where to apply

Application Forms

Application Forms

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

It is available in English (APS2E), from the locations listed below:

  • Hanoi – Embassy of Ireland, 41A Ly Thai To Street - +84 4 3974 3291
  • Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) – British Consulate, 25 Le Duan Street, District 1 – +84 8 3825 1380

Places to collect the passport application form (Advisable to call and check on opening hours in advance of collection):


EU Delegation to Laos,
Europe House Unit19,
Hom 2,
Setthathirath Road,
Haisok Village,
Chanthabouly District P.O. Box: 9325;
Lao PDR.
Telephone: +856 (21) 255 575


British Embassy,
27- 29 Street 75,
Phnom Penh
Telephone:+ 855 23 427124



If applying to Embassy Hanoi, you will need to include:

  • A completed and witnessed APS2 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.



Photo Guidelines


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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 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.

Witnessing your application

How to get your passport application witnessed

NB: if you are having difficulty finding a suitable witness in Vietnam, please contact the Embassy directly for guidance. If you are located in Cambodia, Laos, or Myanmar, you can contact the local British Embassy which will be able to offer assistance.

Identification (Section 9 of your application form)

Consent of parents/guardians (Section 7 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.

  • Police officer
  • Member of clergy
  • Medical doctor
  • Lawyer
  • Bank manager/assistant bank manager
  • Elected public representative
  • Peace commissioner
  • School principal/vice principal
  • Accountant

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


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 both 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.

Fees and where to apply

Fees and Where to apply

Payment can be made in either Vietnamese Dong or Euro. If you are paying in Vietnamese Dong, the current Euro exchange rate will be confirmed at the time of payment and applied to the fees listed below.

Adult 10 year €95
Adult large 10 year €125
Minor, age 0 – 17 years, 5 year passport €45
Emergency Travel Document* €30
Additional Fees  
Out of hours fee** €80
Passport Certification Fee*** €40

Payments to the Embassy must be made by bank transfer or by cash at our office in Hanoi.

Payment methods

Please note we can under no circumstances accept credit card payments for this service.

If you are based in Vietnam, you can make a bank transfer directly to Standard Chartered Bank, as follows:

Telegraphic Transfer:

Bank: Standard Chartered Bank (Vietnam) Ltd.
Unit 8-01, Hanoi Towers,
49 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hanoi, Vietnam
Tel: +84 4 3 9368222; Fax: +84 4 3 99368303
Swift code: SCBLVNVX

Account name: Embassy of Ireland Public Bank A/C, Vietnam
Account number: EUR88001235111 or VND88001235111

If you are in Ho Chi Minh City, you can also deposit the fee by cash at Standard Chartered Bank - HCMC branch at the following address (the above account details remain unchanged):

Standard Chartered Bank - HCMC
10th floor
Sai Gon Trade Centre
37 Ton Duc Thang street
Dist. 1, HCMC
Tel: +84-8-3 8298 335

Note: Please enclose a copy of bank transfer or deposit slip with your application.

Please bear all the bank charges. Once the transaction is completed, please attach the transaction slip together with the application.

Payment in cash can only be accepted in person at the Embassy in Hanoi. We do not accept cash payments by post.


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.