Ensure your passport is up to date before planning your Summer holidays

Leitrim Observer Reporter

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Families currently in the process of planning a Summer holiday should 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," he said.

"My advice to families is in the event that a passport is out of date then it is very important to apply via Passport Express early, at least six weeks in advance of travel to be guaranteed its safe return."

363 Leitrim people have availed of the online passport service in the last 12 months.

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  

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.