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Update on Provision of Passport Services

Passport Online

Passport Online is open to all applicants, including children, renewing their passports and those applying for their first passport who are resident in Ireland, UK, EU, EEA and Switzerland. These applications will be processed when the Passport Services resumes operations at Level 4.

To apply via Passport Online, please click here.

The Passport Service has paused operations in line with the move to Level 5 of the Government's National Framework on Living with COVID-19 from 24 December 2020.

If you need documents returned to you, please contact our WebChat service

Emergency Passport service

If you need a passport for travel in an emergency, please contact us through our WebChat service.

An emergency is defined as death or grave illness of an immediate family member, with a need for urgent travel within the next few days or for emergency medical treatment of the applicant.

The Emergency team will request proof of emergency.

First-time applications require a longer processing time.

If you are undertaking a non-essential journey with a reasonable excuse, please contact our WebChat service.

Documents cannot be delivered by hand as our offices are closed. Please do not post any documents to us until you have contacted our WebChat service

Please note that passport cards will not be produced during Level 5 restrictions.

This is a difficult time for us all. Even though our services are restricted we will continue to do our very best to help you at this time.

Contact Us

During Level 5, our phone lines are closed. If you need a passport for travel in an emergency (death or serious illness of a family member or for emergency medical treatment of the applicant), please contact us through our Customer Service Hub.

For the most up to date travel advice please check: If you are abroad, you should contact your local Irish Embassy or Consulate. They can advise you about your options for travel.

We advise citizens to follow HSE guidelines on restricting movements.

Passport Express

The processing of Passport Express applications, including Northern Ireland Passport Express and Great Britain Passport Express, is paused. The turnaround time after we resume will be 6-8 weeks.

Foreign Birth Registrations

The processing of Foreign Birth Registrations has paused in line with the move to Level 5 of the National Framework for Living with COVID-19 from 24 December.

If you have submitted supporting documentation to us, it will be held securely. However, we cannot retrieve supporting documents at this time.

If you have not submitted supporting documents, please wait until Ireland has returned to level 3 or lower on the National Framework for Living with COVID-19.

If you have an FBR query, please see here 

International Postal restrictions

During COVID-19, the Passport Service are working with An Post to deliver Passport Online.

An Post are continuing normal deliveries in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Great Britain and most of the European Union.

There are some international restrictions due to COVID-19. Information on An Post's international postal services are available here .

Where there is no An Post International service available, we are working to deliver Passport Online through our network of Embassies and Consulates. If you have pre-paid for delivery (€15), there will be no further charge.

Passport Online

Passport Online

Renew your passport online from anywhere in the world. Apply online for a first time passport if you are in:

  • Ireland,
  • Northern Ireland,
  • Great Britain,
  • the European Union,
  • the European Economic Area,
  • Switzerland.

Find out more information

Across the world, renew online

Across the world, all Irish citizens can use Passport Online to

  • renew their passport book,
  • renew their Passport Card,
  • apply for their first Passport Card

This fast, secure and convenient service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

The application takes five to ten working days to process plus postage.

Passport Online is the fastest way to apply for or renew your passport.

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