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Irish Passport

Irish Visa

Getting an Irish Passport

A passport is an internationally recognised travel document confirming your identity and nationality. Your Irish passport is issued by the Irish Government through the Passport Office here in Ireland. If you are living abroad, Irish passports are issued through Irish embassies and consulates throughout the world. In addition to confirming your identity and nationality, your passport essentially is a request from the Irish government that other governments abroad permit you to travel or stay in their terrority and afford you lawful aid and protection. While your Irish passport is an internationally recognised travel document, it does not give you an automatic right to enter other countries.

You are only entitled to an Irish passport if you are an Irish citizen. In addition to allowing you travel abroad, your Irish passport entitles you to certain diplomatic support services from Irish embassies abroad should you get into difficulties.

You can apply for a passport in two ways. You can either send your application form directly to the one of the passport offices, located in Dublin and Cork, or you can send it via the "Passport Express" service, which is operated by An Post. The Passport Express service guarantees that you will get your passport within 10 working days.

If you are an Irish citizen living abroad and you are applying for an Irish passport, you will need to get the appropriate application form from the Irish embassy or consulate in the country in which you are living.

How to Apply for an Irish Passport

Replacing a lost or stolen Irish passport

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