Giants's Causeway, Co Antrim


Do you need to renew or replace your Irish passport, or are you an Irish citizen applying for your first Irish passport?

FAQs: What you need to know…

Click here to view ‘Documents Required for Passport Applications’

  • All certificates must be original. Photocopies or certified photocopies cannot be accepted
  • A New Zealand marriage certificate will have no handwriting. Handwritten New Zealand marriage documents will not be accepted
  • Forms can be completed in blue or black ink
  • PPSN can be left blank when submitting your application in New Zealand
  • A Justice of the Peace is one of the 23 approved professionals who can act as your witness (the full list is on the green application form with more listed on the white guidelines)

May I apply to you for an Irish passport?
Any citizen of Ireland, currently in New Zealand, may apply for an Irish passport. Those applications are processed through the Department of Foreign Affairs. More information on the application and your eligibility can be found here If you are not a citizen but wish to become one, you will need to apply for a Foreign Birth Registration through the Department of Foreign Affairs. Information on that process and application can be found here.

May I apply online for an Irish passport?
Yes. Irish citizens (adults & children) may be eligible to apply to renew their passport online. More information at
Anyone not eligible to apply online must complete a paper application form and courier it to Embassy of Ireland, Te Aka Aorere o Airangi, Level 10, 86 Victoria St, Wellington, 6011, NZ

May I download a passport application form from the internet?
No. Each printed application form has its own unique serial number.
To obtain a paper application form, please email your name and postal address in New Zealand to

How long does it take to process a paper passport application?
Passport processing times vary at different months of the year. Peak periods, with longer processing times, are usually from March-July each year. Current processing time is updated monthly under the ‘resource’ section of our website. Paper applications are checked at the Embassy in Wellington and processed, but the passports are produced in Ireland and returned to the Embassy for forwarding to you in the courier envelope that you provided with your application. For this reason it is not possible for us to guarantee delivery dates and you should allow plenty of time for your application to be processed.

How much does an Irish passport cost?
There is a scale of fees depending on the age of the holder. A list of current fees and guidelines for applications can be viewed here CURRENT – passport fees and guidelines

I have lost my Irish passport… What now?
You can make an application online at or email to request a paper application form.

I need to travel urgently and have no valid passport… What can I do?
We can issue an emergency travel certificate at the Consulate. These are for a single journey only and are valid for 3 days. We issue them only in the case of genuine emergency travel, such as death or serious injury of a close family member, and on sight of your travel arrangements. These emergency certificates are intended primarily for travel to Ireland. If you chose to travel on an emergency certificate it is your responsibility to ensure that it is acceptable for travel to the destination you are visiting. An emergency certificate cannot be issued to first-time applicants.




Did you know...

The North Island, South Island and Stewart Island were originally named New Ulster, New Munster and New Leinster respectively

Sir Tristram, born in Co Kildare, was a champion broodmare sire (45 group one winners, including 3 Melbourne Cup winners) and lived in Cambridge Stud

Mary Gallagher, of whom the song ‘Mary from Dungloe’ was written, emigrated to NZ from Co Donegal and is buried in Gisborne cemetery

Robert Hannah, born in Co Antrim, founded ‘Hannah’s Shoes’. He built and lived in Antrim House, in Wellington, now the headquarters of the NZ Historic Places Trust

Thomas Bracken, born in Co Monaghan, wrote the words of the national anthem ‘God Defend New Zealand’

Johnny Martin, born in Co Derry, was a goldminer and entrepreneur who developed the area of Martinborough

Joseph McMullen Dargaville, born in Co Cork, developed the town of Dargaville as part of his kauri timber and gum business

Robert Wellwood, born in Co Kilkenny, was the first Mayor of Hastings

Thomas Russell, born in Cork, was the founder of Bank of New Zealand in 1861

Thomas Croke, born in Cork and after whom the GAA Croke Park is named, was Roman Catholic Bishop of Auckland from 1870-1874

Patrick Moran, born in Co Wicklow, was the Roman Catholic Bishop of Dunedin 1869-1895

Henry Blundell, born in Dublin, began publishing the Wellington Evening Post (now the Dominion Post) in 1865

Dave Gallaher, captain of the 1905 Original All Blacks, was born in Co Donegal

Three of NZs Prime Ministers were born in Ireland – Daniel Pollen (Dublin), John Balance (Antrim) and William Massey (Derry)

New Zealand’s most colourful goldminer, Biddy of the Buller, was born in Dublin

Lt. Governor William Hobson, who signed the Treaty of Waitangi on behalf of the Crown, was born in Waterford, the home of Waterford Crystal.

The Duke of Wellington, after whom New Zealand’s capital city is named, was born in Dublin, Ireland’s capital.

James Joyce, the author of Ulysses, the novel of the 20th century, had a sister, who was a nun who lived in New Zealand for many years until her death in 1942.