Have you ever wondered what it feels like to have a passport that you can fit right into your wallet? Well, with the new Irish passport, you don’t have to wonder anymore.
Just recently, Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Charlie Flanagan has unveiled the design of the new Irish passport card in its smaller and more compact size.
The new passport card, which is roughly the size of a credit card, will enable passport holders to travel within the European Union and the European Economic Area.
Speaking at the launch of the passport card, Minister Flanagan said that aside from allowing card holders to travel with ease throughout Europe, it could also be used as a form of identification and as a backup travel document.
young people would definitely find the card’s compact size quite handy.
“The Passport Card will be particularly useful for young people who use their Passport Booklet as identification, especially on nights out.
As a father, I have often felt concern about the impracticality of the Passport Booklet as a means of identification for young people on nights out and this new Card will be a far more practical option,” Minister Flanagan stated.
During the launch, the minister also introduced a new mobile app that makes the process of applying for the passport card much simpler.
But perhaps one of the most important things the new passport card can do is that, according to Fiona Penollar, a spokesperson for the Passport Office, it can help significantly reduce the number of lost passports. “This is a credit card-sized passport that can fit easily in your wallet. It’s an additional extra to the actual passport book.
It will suit an awful lot of people. It won’t be carried in a back pocket – it will be in the pocket or the purse,” she said.
The new passport card will cost €35 or $40. It will be available to all Irish citizens who are 18 years old and above and currently holding a valid Irish passport starting mid-July 2015.
Irish Americans who have Irish passports are also expected to be eligible for them. The card will have maximum validity of five years (or the remaining validity of an individual’s passport book).
For those who are interested in getting the new passport card, they can either submit their application online or use the mobile app introduced by Minister Flanagan earlier.