The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade have announced that Switzerland are now added to the list of countries to accept the Irish passport card which bring the number of countries to accept this system, the first of its kind in the world, to 31.
Since the Passport card was launched on October 5th, the Passport Office has received 6,785 applications for the Card so far.
The card is expected to make regular travel in Europe easier for Irish citizens.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Charlie Flanagan said
“I am confident that the Passport Card will make travel in Europe easier for Irish citizens. Budget 2016 provides for the ongoing modernisation and reform of our Passport services.”
To apply for a Passport Card
· Citizens must be over 18 years of age to apply for a passport card.
· Citizens must be in possession of a valid passport book to apply for a passport card.
· Passport card personal details must be exactly as they are on the applicant’s passport book.
· The card has a maximum validity of 5 years or the remaining validity of the passport book. There must be at least 30 days validity on the passport book.
· The application fee is €35 plus a credit card transaction cost. Additional delivery costs outside Ireland are approximately €5.
· Applications will be received online via the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website (www.dfa.ie/passportcard) or through the free app for smart phones and tablet devices which is available in iOS (via Apple App Store), Android (via Google Play Store) and Microsoft (via Windows Store) formats
· The Passport Service has the capacity to process 3,000 Passport Card applications per week. Depending on demand it is estimated that applications will be processed within 20-25 working days. This will be kept under review.
· Further information on the application process can be found at www.dfa.ie/passportcard