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Update on Provision of Passport Services

Passport Online

The Passport Service is continuing to process Passport Online applications and is scaling up operations to clear all applications on hand within 6-8 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. 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, please click here

Passport Express

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

Foreign Birth Registrations

The routine processing of Foreign Birth Registrations is currently paused. 

If you have an urgent query, such as you are an expectant parent, please contact us through WebChat

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 EU.

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.

Latest passport turnaround information

These turnaround times are for applications submitted in Ireland, Great Britain and via our Passport Online service. Turnaround times are estimates based on current averages. They are not a service delivery guarantee.

If you submitted a paper based application through an Embassy or Consulate abroad, please see the Embassy website for your country of residence.

Passport Online: First time applicants

Irish citizens can apply for first time passports and renewals online if they are resident in

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

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

If you have already submitted a paper application, you cannot apply online.

Complex renewals

This is when you have to submit extra documentation or you are changing information on your passport. For example, this could be changing your name or a lost or stolen passport. All applications for children are complex renewals. This is because the consent of all guardians has to be verified.

Simple renewals

This is when all the information on your passport is the same as your previous passport.

First time applicants

This is the first time you have applied for your Irish passport.

If you need to submit extra documents, the average turnaround time starts when we receive them.

Postage time is not included in the average turnaround time. Postage will be longer for applicants outside of Ireland.

Online application type

Current average turnaround times

Simple renewals

5 working days

Complex renewals

10 working days

First time applicants

20 working days

Paper Applications (via An Post)

Posted application type

Current average turnaround times

Adult and child renewal
6-8 weeks

First time application

6-8 weeks

Lost/stolen/damaged replacement

6-8 weeks
Adult and child renewal posted from Northern Ireland 6-8 weeks

First time application posted from Northern Ireland

6-8 weeks

Lost/stolen/damaged replacement posted from Northern Ireland

6-8 weeks

See how to apply by Passport Express in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Great Britain

Type of passport application

Current average turnaround times

Great Britain Renewals (paper)

365 days

Great Britain First Time Applications

365 days

Great Britain Passport Express

6-8 weeks

Two post offices currently offer a Passport Express service in Great Britain.

Applicants are strongly advised not to book flights until they have their passport.