By Kim O'Leary
Co Kildare people are being asked to check that their passports are in date before taking any trips out of the country this Easter, with a reported backlog in processing applications affecting thousands of applications.
Speaking on the issue, Kildare TD Deputy James Lawless said that the backlog of application applies to over 50,000 applications which includes delays in passport express.
Deputy Lawless said: “If you are planning a holiday this Easter or later this summer, please check your passport. It’s quickest to renew passports online."
When applying (by mail, the only means to do so is via the Passport Express option through a post office – all other mail applications are returned), people are ‘strongly advised’ to get their applications in six weeks prior to travelling.
Passport renewals typically take 14 working days, while first time applicants can expect a minimum wait of 20 days (four weeks).
Emergency applications meanwhile necessitate an appointment with the Passport Office in either Cork or Dublin, and the waiting time on online renewals (new applications can only be made via post) is significantly shorter at just 10 working days not including posting time.
Applications traditionally spike prior to, and during, the summer months as people ready themselves for travelling abroad on holiday.
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