Selfie-friendly passport card now available
After a false start earlier this year Ireland has successfully launched its new passport card which can be used throughout the EU. The credit card sized photocard contains the holder’s passport information and is designed to fit into a wallet and is valid for five years.
When it was originally unveiled Ireland’s Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan admitted that many younger Irish people required to provide proof of their age frequently lost their passports when out for the evening. The card is available for anyone over-18 who holds a valid passport and can be applied for on-line. Applicants can upload their own photo, including a selfie, from their mobile phone.
New Irish Passport card a “significant innovation”
Mr. Flanagan said: “I am particularly proud that we are one of the very first countries in the world to introduce such a passport card. “Applications for the new passport card can be submitted on-line from today through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT’s) website and also through a new mobile app which has been specifically designed for the purpose.”
A free app is available in iOS (via Apple App Store), Android (via Google Play Store) and Microsoft (via Windows Store) formats. “The introduction of the passport card is a significant innovation that will enhance the travel experience for Irish people as they go on holidays or business trips to thirty countries throughout Europe. “Citizens who apply will need to have a valid passport book already but they will be able to use the passport card alone for travelling to such popular destinations as Spain, France and Italy.
“This an Irish-led and Irish-designed project that combines cutting edge technology and security features with ground-breaking levels of user-friendliness and flexibility.”
The price of the passport card is €35, plus an additional €5 for applicants outside the Republic of Ireland.