Updated: 17/05/18 : 05:27:36
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Booking your Summer Holidays? Save Time, Worry and Stress and Renew your Passport Online – McLoughlin

A Fine Gael TD in Sligo is encouraging any family that is currently in the process of planning a Summer holiday to ensure that all passports are checked and are in date before booking any flights abroad in order to avoid any potential disappointment.

Deputy Tony McLoughlin TD, has said that this time of year in particular is the period when there are the biggest spikes in passport applications and as such the longest delays in passport turnaround times.

"Already this month I have had a number of distressed families contacting me seeking assistance with their passport applications, as the guideline times for Passport Express are not being met by the Passport Office.  

"My advice to families in Sligo is in the event that a passport is out of date then it is very important to apply via Passport Express early, at least six weeks in advance of travel to be guaranteed its safe return."


However, if you are over 18, you can also apply to renew your passport online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at www.dfa.ie/passportonline.ie

“There is no need for a paper application form, witnesses or printed photos and it is all relatively quick and easy.  This year alone, 961 people in Sligo have availed of the new online renewal service. It’s convenient and secure, with turnaround times of 10 working days or less and is defiantly the option of choice for ease of mind if eligible to apply.

"In the event of an emergency or if for any reason you need a passport urgently a rapid renewal service by appointment only at the Passport Office in Dublin can provide a same-day turnaround. However, there are a limited number of appointments per day and proof of travel will be required.

"So to avoid any stress and panic I am encouraging any family in the process of planning a summer holiday to ensure that all passports are checked and are in date before booking any flights abroad," concluded Deputy McLoughlin.


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