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ITAA Warns of Rising Passport Office Demand; Urges People to Ensure Passport is in Date Before Travelling

The Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) is reminding Irish holidaymakers to remember to make sure their passport is in date ahead of this year’s busy summer holiday period.

The ITAA has also urged people whose passports are not in date to give themselves enough time to renew it as demand and the Passport Office is increasing.

The turnaround time for a ‘simple adult renewal’ is 10 working days for online applications. The ITAA urged people to be aware that most non-EU destinations require you to have your passport in date for at least six months after your arrival date. First-time passport applications have a turnaround time of 20 days. 

If your passport was issued over 15 years ago, you need to apply as though you were a first-time applicant.

Online applications are processed faster than postal applications, applications through the post have a waiting time of at least eight weeks and you also need to factor in postage delivery times. You can renew your Irish passport from anywhere in the world online here.

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The current passport turnaround times are:

·        -10 working days for simple adult online renewals

·        -15 working days for complex or child online renewals

·        -20 working days for first time online applications

·        -8 weeks for Post Passport (paper) applications

To apply using Passport Online you will need:

·        -credit or debit card

·        -an email address

·        -a digital photo that meets the photo guidelines

·        -your passport

The Passport Office also offers an Urgent appointment service for passport renewal at their offices in Dublin, Cork & London. Full details can be found here

Same day renewal service. Appointments can be booked 3 days in advance.
Four day renewal service. Appointments can be booked 3 weeks in advance.
Five day renewal service (London only). Appointments can be booked 3 weeks in advance.

Geoff Percival
Geoff Percival
Geoff has worked in business, news, consumer and travel journalism for more than 25 years; having worked for and contributed to the likes of The Irish Examiner, Business & Finance, Business Plus, The Sunday Times, The Irish News, Senior Times, and The Sunday Tribune.

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