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Irish passports renewal goes online

Irish citizens in Bermuda can now avail themselves of online passport applications, according to John Kane, the Irish Consul.

Current passport holders over 18 can reach the service with mobile phones, computers and tablets via the Department of Foreign Affairs at dfa.ie/passportonline.

The applicant’s name must be the same as on their previous Irish passport, which must have expired less than five years ago, with passport numbers beginning with the letter P or L.

First-time applicants and children must continue with the present application system using a form. Mr Kane said the new system would deliver a quicker turnaround and allow credit cards to be used.

Standard passports cost €80 euros; larger passports cost €100 euros. The new standardisation of children’s passports sees the extension of the five-year passport to children aged 17 and younger. The three-year infant passport is no longer available, and all children’s passports now cost €30.

Applicants are “strongly advised” to apply at least six weeks before their intended date of travel.