The design of a new Irish Passport Card has been announced by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan. The new card will be available from mid-July and will be accepted for travel within the European Union and the European Economic Area.
Unveiling the card at the Passport Office, the Minister said:
“For many years I have supported the introduction of a Passport Card to supplement the Passport Booklet so I am delighted to launch the Passport Card. I commend the innovation of the Passport Office in introducing this Card - the first of its kind in the world.
“The Passport Card will be particularly useful for young people who use their Passport Booklet as identification, especially on nights out. As a father I have often felt concern about the impracticality of the Passport Booklet as a means of identification for young people on nights out and this new Card will be a far more practical option.
Also launched in conjunction with the announcement of the new card is a smartphone app that will make it easy to apply for the card - the app also takes photos that will meet international standards for passports.
Frequent travellers will find the card useful and can also use it while their Passport Booklet is with an embassy as part of a visa application process. It is also a good back up travel document if you lose your Passport while travelling.
The passport card will be available from mid-July 2015 to all Irish citizens who are over 18 years and hold a valid Irish Passport. The card will have a maximum validity of 5 years (or the remaining validity of an individual’s passport book) and will cost €35.