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Urgent Irish passport warning over little-known rule that could ruin holiday


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IRISH people are being urged to check that their passport meets the requirements of the country they’re planning on travelling to this summer.

The passport office suggested holidaymakers check with the embassy of the country they hope to visit.


Irish people are being urged to check their passport details before booking holidaysCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Jet setters should check details with the embassy of the country they hope to travel to


Jet setters should check details with the embassy of the country they hope to travel toCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Officials said: “A general rule of thumb is to keep six months validity remaining on your passport from the date you’re returning home.

“You can travel right up to the date of expiry within the EU.

“However it is advisable to contact the embassy of the country to which you intend to travel with queries regarding their specific requirements.”

The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed that you “do not need to wait” until your current passport has expired to apply for a new one.

They added: “It is advisable to apply at least six weeks ahead of any planned travel to avoid disappointment.”

Irish jet setters travelling within the European Union should be aware that their Irish passport must be valid until their date of return.

Some countries, outside the EU and overseas, have different requirements.

Many countries require that your passport is valid for at least six months.


People travelling within the next three months are urged to apply via the website as it’s the easiest and most efficient way to do it.

Officials took to X to urge people to apply online for the quickest turn around.

Here’s how to renew your Irish passport photos online

They said: “Passport Online is the fastest way to apply for your or your child’s passport

“This secure and convenient service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on a smartphone, tablet or personal computer.”

A photo that doesn’t meet the requirements can delay applications.

They added: “Poor-quality photos can lead to delays in a passport application.

Online Applications

To apply using Passport Online you will need the following:

  • a digital photo that meets the photo guidelines
  • a credit or debit card
  • an email address
  • your passport

“A passport photo must capture your image from head to mid-torso, with visible space between your head and shoulders and the edge of your photo.”

The Simple Online Renewal currently has a turnaround of 10 Working Days, while a Complex Online Renewal takes 15 Working Days.

The advertised expected timeline for the majority of passports are around 10 working days for simple renewals.

A complex renewal is expected to take around 15 working days whilst first time applicants should expect to wait 25 days.

A passport card application is expected to take between three and five days.

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