Update on Provision of Passport Services
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.
If you have submitted supporting documentation to us, it is will be held securely. However, we cannot retrieve supporting documents at this time. We expect to return your supporting documents within 20 working days of resuming operations at Level 4.
If you have not submitted supporting documents, please wait until Ireland has returned to Level 4 or lower on the National Framework for Living with COVID-19.
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.
To apply via Passport Online, please click here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Passport Service is closed on 25, 26, 27 and 28 December 2020 for Christmas. We are closed on 1 January 2021 for New Year’s day.
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: dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice. 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.