Make sure to renew your passport ahead of summer surge

Top advice from the Irish Travel Agents Association for your holidays for 2024

Summer is upon us and you know what that means – sun, sea, and digging your passport out of a bottom drawer to hope that it’s in date. With the increase in travel over the summer months, it is crucial to make sure that if your passport is not in date that you give yourself enough time to renew it as demand on the Passport Office increases.

The turnaround time for a ‘simple adult renewal’ is 10 working days for online applications. Be aware that most non-EU destinations require you to have your passport in date for at least six months after your arrival date. First-time passport applications have a turnaround time of 20 days.  If your passport was issued over 15 years ago, you need to apply as though you were a first-time applicant.

Online applications are processed faster than postal applications, applications through the post have a waiting time of at least eight weeks and you also need to factor in postage delivery times. You can renew your Irish passport from anywhere in the world online here.

The current passport turnaround times are:

  • 10 working days for simple adult online renewals
  • 15 working days for complex or child online renewals
  • 20 working days for first time online applications
  • 8 weeks for Post Passport (paper) applications

To apply using Passport Online you will need:

The Passport Office also offers an Urgent appointment service for passport renewal at their offices in Dublin, Cork & London. Full details can be found here

Same day renewal service. Appointments can be booked 3 days in advance.
Four day renewal service. Appointments can be booked 3 weeks in advance.
Five day renewal service (London only). Appointments can be booked 3 weeks in advance.