Remember to make sure your passport is in order before you travel – Doyle

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With many Wicklow people planning foreign holidays at this time of year, local Fine Gael TD Andrew Doyle is reminding everyone to make sure their travel documents are in order before they travel.

“Before you book your trip it is important to look at your passport and check its expiry date. If you’re booking for your children, remember to check their passports too.”

“When applying, allow at least six weeks for your passport application. Delays are often encountered when forms are incorrectly completed and the six weeks allows time for any issues to be dealt with. My constituency office has been inundated with queries from constituents who have used passport express service not realising that it can take up to three weeks to issues passports.”

“Turnaround times for passports can vary depending on demand volumes but the Department of Foreign Affairs recommends allowing 4 weeks for renewals & 6 weeks for first time applicants. If you require your passport within 3 weeks of travel you must book an appointment with the Passport office in Dublin. Adults can also apply for Passport cards and they are available within 5 working days.

“For genuine emergencies there is a Rapid Renewal Service. Certain specific documentation is required for this and candidates have to go to the Passport Office on Lower Mount Street in Dublin. There are, however, limitations to this service, so it’s best to check your passport now and get your application in on time.

This is all available on the website – https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice – and through a special free Smartphone App called TravelWise.”