With up to a fourfold increase in passport applications projected for 2022, people looking to go abroad this summer should submit applications as soon as possible in order to avoid disruptions to travel plans, according to Minister of State Frank Feighan
In 2020, 450,000 passports were issued. In 2019, which is probably the best barometer, 900,000 passports were issued. However, this year it is expected that between 1.3 million and 1.7 million passports will be processed.
The majority of passport applications are processed in January and February each year, and it’s likely that even more will be processed in the first quarter of this year on the back of the easing of restrictions and the Government advice on applying for passports.
Minister Feighin says the quickest and easiest way of applying for a passport is to submit your application online. Applying online can be up to four times quicker than applying via post.
“My office in Sligo has received many queries from constituents who decided to book a holiday and then checked their passport to find it out of date, many have had to forfeit their trips as the delay in passport deliveries meant they could not travel”
Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has responded to the surge in demand by increasing staff in the Passport Office by 300. While this is a 50% increase in staff, it is expected the Office will experience a threefold or even fourfold increase in applications”.