Kerry South Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly has urged anyone planning to go abroad this summer to check their passports and the date of expiry before they travel.
Senator Daly said, “While the queues in Passport Offices have decreased, there are still long delays on processing passport renewals and new applications. It is often the last thing that people check before travelling so I am urging anyone with travel plans to check their passports now.
“When applying for a new passport people should photocopy the main page of the existing passport and include this with the application form.
“The quickest way of getting a new passport is still the Passport Express Service through the Post Office. Applications through this Service are currently being processed between 15 and 20 days of receipt. If you are worried about how long it will take, you can check the waiting times at
www.passport.ie. Bar codes provided with the Passport Express Services can also be used to check on the status of their application at this website and it is updated several times a day.
“Any queries about an application can be submitted via email. Travellers should only go to their Passport Office if their trip is an emergency, like such as a death or illness in the family.
“Even if holidays are not yet booked, it is no harm to check your passport as soon as possible. So many people due to travel on holidays, for business or for an emergency have been caught out because they didn’t know their passports were out of date passport. It is possible to get a passport without too much difficulty but it is important to allow time for it to be processed,” concluded Senator Daly.