As the summer holidays approach, Wicklow residents are being urged to ensure that their passports are in date and to renew them immediately should their date be coming up – or at least six weeks before the date of travel.
Cllr. Irene Winters reminds locals “From my years as a travel agent I know the May Bank Holiday Weekend leads to the biggest spike in passport applications over the course of the year, as families across the country book their holidays. So I’m encouraging people to prepare, to check before you book and to renew online.
Common incidents that can cause last minute dashes to the passport office, are children’s passport expiry dates being overlooked or some countries require your passport to be valid for a minimum length of time after your intended date of departure
Both adult and child passports can be renewed online. Online applications are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at www.dfa.ie/passportonline No need for a paper application form, witnesses or printed photos, however a signed consent form must also be submitted to the passport office for a child’s renewal.”
Cllr Winters added: “The online method is convenient and secure, with current turnaround times of 10 working days. The postal express method currently has a turnaround of 15 working days (three weeks) but both these wait times are likely to increase as the main holiday season approaches.
“If you are not eligible to use the online facility and travelling in more than three weeks’ time, you can submit your application by Passport Express through your local post office. You can also make an appointment to submit your application at the passport office in Dublin.
A same day turnaround service is available if you are travelling within three days, however this service is by appointment only and costs double the normal fee per passport. There are a limited number of appointments per day and proof of travel will be required.”
For more information, please visit the DFA website.