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Update on Provision of Passport Services

Passport Online

The Passport Service is open for applications but we have paused processing as Ireland is at Level 5 of the National Framework for Living with COVID-19. There will be an update in 6 weeks.   

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 will be the first applications processed when we resume processing passports. If you are resident in a country where Passport Online is not available, please contact your local Irish Embassy or Consulate.

To apply via Passport Online click here https://passportonline.dfa.ie/Apply/Passport

Emergency applications

The Passport Service is continuing to process emergency cases.  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 WebChat service.

Passport Express

The processing of Passport Express applications, including Northern Ireland Passport Express and Great Britain Passport Express, will pause until Dublin returns to Level 3 on the National Framework for Living with COVID-19. The turnaround time after we resume will be 6-8 weeks.

Foreign Birth Registrations

The processing of Foreign Birth Registrations has been paused until Dublin returns to Level 3 on the National Framework for Living with COVID-19. Until then those applications and documents that have been sent to the FBR team will remain securely held until full service is restored under Level 3. Notice of future developments in terms of the delivery of this service will be posted to this site.

Contact us

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. 

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: https://www.anpost.com/Covid-19

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.

What is Passport Express?

It is the only postal application method accepted in Ireland for passport applications. We will not process passport applications submitted by ordinary or registered post. We will send these applications back to you unprocessed.

How to Apply

  • Get an APS 1E passport application form from a Garda station or An Post office.
  • Complete your application form.
  • Bring your application form and documents to any An Post office.
  • Buy a Passport Express envelope.
  • Give your application to a counter clerk.
  • Pay with cash or credit/debit card.
  • Your receipt will have a tracking number on it that you can use to make enquiries about your application.

Check processing times

  1. Get an APS 2E passport application form from over 70 post offices.
  2. Complete your application form.
  3. Bring your application form and documents to one of these Post Offices.
  4. Buy a Passport Express envelope.
  5. Give your application to a counter clerk.
  6. Pay with cash or credit/debit card.
  7. Your receipt will have a tracking number on it that you can use to make enquiries about your application.

You must submit your postal application to your Embassy or Consulate in the country you live in. For example, if you live in the USA and are on holidays in Ireland, it is not possible to use Passport Express.

You need to get an APS 2E passport application form. You can get this form from:

  1. Complete your APS 2E form.
  2. Bring your application form and documents to the Post Office in Glasgow, Glasgow Post Office, 140 West Nile Street, Glasgow, G1 2RD or Liverpool, Liverpool Post Office, 1 – 3 South John Street, Liverpool, L1 8BN.
  3. Buy a Passport Express envelope.
  4. Give your application to a counter clerk.
  5. Pay with cash or credit/debit card.
  6. Your receipt will have a tracking number on it that you can use to make enquiries about your application.

 

How much does it cost?

View Passport Express fees.

How long does it take?

View our turnaround times.

Make sure your application is correct. Processing times are a guideline and not a service guarantee. Turnaround times can vary depending on the volume of applications.