Thursday 23 January 2020

Applying for your passport online has never been easier. Here’s everything you need to know

Let’s face it, January can be a little tough. After the Christmas festivities and the excitement of the New Year, the dark nights and cold weather can seem a little, well, dreary. So naturally, lots of people are starting to look ahead and plan some exciting breaks for 2020.

Whether you’re going on a low-budget city break or jetting off to a glamourous all-inclusive beach resort, there’s one thing that you will need to get you there, your passport.

Before you book your holiday this year, make sure that your passport is present and up to date. Thankfully, the process is now easier than ever as you can apply and renew online. It’s quick, simple and completely stress-free.

Here’s everything you need to know.

Who can apply online?

You can apply for your first-time passport online if you live in any of the following countries:

  • Ireland
  • Northern Ireland
  • Great Britain
  • European Union
  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Norway
  • Switzerland

However, if you are simply renewing a current passport book or passport card you can do this from any country in the world through Passport Online.

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

What do I need to apply online?

Applying online is very simple. Here’s a quick check-list of the items that you will need to complete your application.

  • Your current passport
  • A digital photograph
  • An email address
  • Credit/debit card

However, if you are applying for the first time, if you are applying for a child, if your passport was issued more than 15 years ago or if your current passport is lost or stolen, you will need access to a printer in order to print certain documents. You can find out more here.

How much does it cost to apply online?

Applying or renewing your passport online is always the cheapest option. A standard 10-year passport costs €75, a passport card costs €35 or you can bundle them together and purchase a standard passport plus passport card for just €100. That works out at just €10 per year! Not bad for unlimited travel.

How long will it take to get my new passport?

The application usually takes 10 working days plus postage. However, this often changes depending on the time of year and current demand. You can check out the latest passport turnaround information here.

Is it faster to apply online?

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

Will my new passport come in the post?

If you currently live in Ireland, you’ll receive your passport by Express post. Don’t worry if you’re not in it doesn’t need to be signed for.

However, if you live outside of Ireland, your passport will be sent by registered post and will need to be signed for at delivery. You should provide a daytime delivery address such as your workplace if it is different from your home address.

If you apply for a passport book and passport card, they will not be delivered together. Your passport book should arrive first followed by your card approximately one week later.

Due to unreliable postal services in some countries, passport books may be sent to your nearest Irish Embassy, who will contact you directly to arrange collection or delivery.

So, whether you’re going to Barcelona or Ulaanbaatar this summer make sure that your passport is up to date. It couldn’t be easier!

Whether you’re applying for the first time or applying to renew, make Passport Online your first destination. It’s the quickest, easiest way to apply for your new Irish passport. Find out more online.

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