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No more waiting in long lines at the Passport Office

A new website will allow people, who are travelling in less than 10 days, to book an appointment for a new passport instead of having to queue up at Molesworth Street.

THOSE OF YOU known to lose or forget to check your passport expiry date just before you are due to go on holiday will be glad to know that a new trial website was launched today by the Department of Foreign Affairs that should put an end to long waiting lines at the passport office.

The trial appointments system, that will run for three months, will mean people who are travelling in less than 10 days will no longer have to queue up at the Passport Office in Molesworth Street to lodge their application. Instead, they can go to the site and book a specific appointment time.

A spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs said:

On average, almost 300 people a day visit the passport office, and in the summer months that figure rises to 600. An appointments system will give people more certainty about the length of time they will need rather than having to take a day off work and spend several hours waiting at the public counter.

What you can expect when you visit the passport appointments website:

So hopefully long queues like this on Molesworth Street…

Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

And this…

Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

… will be a thing of the far, distant past.

Read: ‘Passport please’: Ryanair boss checks boarding passes at Dublin Airport >

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