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Urgent Irish passport warning to check renewal date BEFORE booking any holiday with a 35 day delay

IRISH citizens are urged to check their passport’s expiry date – as applications and renewals are ‘high demand’.

Individuals wishing to travel this year, particularly parents with young children, are encouraged to apply BEFORE you book.

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Secretary of State Simon Coveney last week warned of record-breaking passport applications in the past three months.

He expects around 1.7 million passport applications to be made this year.

Fianna Fail TD Aindrias Moynihan has warned anyone planning a trip to check the validity of their passports before booking any flights or accommodation.

The Cork representative said: “From 1 January to 20 March 2022 over 264,000 passports were issued compared to 21,000 passports issued during the same period in 2021.

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“The issue of long processing times for initial passport applications still causes problems for many people.

“The minister stated that improving processing times in 2022, particularly for first-time applicants, is a priority for the passport service.

“I urge everyone planning to travel abroad this year to check the validity of their passports before booking, especially families with young children travel and apply for their passports online in good time.”

First-time pass approval can take up to 35 days to take effect.

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And in the case of extensions, the postal application takes significantly longer than the online application.

The current passport processing times are:

– 10 working days for adult easy online renewals

– 15 business days for complex or minor online renewals

– 35 business days for initial applications on Passport Online

– Eight weeks for An Post’s Passport Express mailing service

PASSPORT COST

It comes as the government has been urged to make passports more affordable.

According to a report by the Federal Foreign Office, the annual income of the passport office rose steadily from 38.4 million euros in 2013 to 53.6 million euros in 2019.

When applying online, a standard 10-year adult passport costs €75, while a large 66-page 10-year passport costs €105.

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Postal applicants pay an additional €5.

A five-year children’s pass costs €20 and a 66-page option costs €50.

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