Louth TD Seamus Kirk has urged anyone planning on going abroad this summer to check their passports

Deputy Kirk has urged the public to check their passport especially the date of expiry before they head off on their travels

Deputy Kirk has urged the public to check their passport especially the date of expiry before they head off on their travels

“When applying for a new passport one 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 trip, such as a death or illness in the family necessitating travel.

“Customers who have made arrangements to collect their passport should not call to the public counter until they have confirmed on the website that the relevant passport is ready for collection.

“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travel on holidays, for business or for an emergency have been caught out because they didn’t know their passports were out of date passport.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 the application process,” concluded Deputy Kirk.