TRAINING DATE: 08/08/2019
Dublin, 21st June 2018 The Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) is reminding all Irish holidaymakers to check the expiry date of their Irish passport at least eight weeks before their date of travel. There are currently severe delays in passports being issued by the Passport Office due to a backlog of applications.
Pat Dawson, CEO of the ITAA said, “The message from the ITAA to Irish holiday makers is to always check your passport before making travel plans. We are aware that there currently could be a backlog of up to eight weeks on processing passport applications by the Passport Office. As a result we are advising travellers to check that their passports are valid well in advance of their date of departure. For those applying for a renewal passport, we strongly recommend that you apply online using the Passport Office’s online procedure – www.dfa.ie/passportonline, which we have been reliably informed is two to three weeks turnaround.”
He continued, “While we are advising holiday makers to be diligent in checking their passports, we cannot understand why it is taking the Passport Office so long to process applications. Knowing that there is a large increase in people applying for Irish passports due to seasonal reasons and those applying for Irish passports due to Brexit, the Passport Office should have been prepared for this.”