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Re: New "passport card" for irish citizens

It has just taken 13 weeks, all told, to get my passport via the embassy in Paris. Admittedly it was my first (I only discovered relatively recently - I think on this august forum - that I had the right to one) and I wasn't born in Ireland, which probably complicated matters. I'm not sure if come the summer I'll be brave enough to face the wait for the passport card, although it would be very useful to have.
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Old 11.06.2015, 11:51
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Re: New "passport card" for irish citizens

surprise, surprise. Delays with production to push this back a couple of months.

Revised launch: September (for now)

https://www.dfa.ie/passports-citizen...passport-card/
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surprise, surprise. Delays with production to push this back a couple of months.
Revised launch: September (for now)
https://www.dfa.ie/passports-citizen...passport-card/
The initial setup cost to the Irish taxpayer was supposedly 416000EUR. I'd be interested to know if this is still on track
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Old 05.10.2015, 17:21
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Re: New "passport card" for irish citizens

Passport card launched today! Once again EU & EEA validity listed, with so no explicit mention of Switzerland.

I'll just tell them at ZRH that I'm travelling to Liechtenstein

Those who may, can apply online here
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Passport card launched today! Once again EU & EEA validity listed, with so no explicit mention of Switzerland.

I'll just tell them at ZRH that I'm travelling to Liechtenstein

Those who may, can apply online here
Am looking forward to being able to just carry the card in my pocket and leave the passport(s) at home. However - I obtained my G permit with my UK passport and so "British" is printed on it as my nationality. I'm idly wondering whether that would bother the border guards if they were to check my documents and see that the nationality on the permit (UK) does not match up with the passport card (Ireland).
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Am looking forward to being able to just carry the card in my pocket and leave the passport(s) at home. However - I obtained my G permit with my UK passport and so "British" is printed on it as my nationality. I'm idly wondering whether that would bother the border guards if they were to check my documents and see that the nationality on the permit (UK) does not match up with the passport card (Ireland).
An Irish citizen can freely enter Switzerland without a work permit, residents permit or Visa, so I don't see an issue.
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An Irish citizen can freely enter Switzerland without a work permit, residents permit or Visa, so I don't see an issue.
A few years ago (2007?) a French colleague resident in France was stopped at the border at Geneva on her way to work before she'd physically received the G permit (application had been made but the process was talking longer than usual). She had her ID card with her but was prevented from crossing the border and had to work from home for a few weeks until the permit had been delivered to her. Maybe she was just unlucky
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A few years ago (2007?) a French colleague resident in France was stopped at the border at Geneva on her way to work before she'd physically received the G permit (application had been made but the process was talking longer than usual). She had her ID card with her but was prevented from crossing the border and had to work from home for a few weeks until the permit had been delivered to her. Maybe she was just unlucky
She claimed she was working & knew she did not have a permit, so nothing strange there. Next question.
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She claimed she was working & knew she did not have a permit, so nothing strange there. Next question.
Graciously put - however, that conflicts with what you said earlier:
>An Irish citizen can freely enter Switzerland without a work permit, residents >permit or Visa, so I don't see an issue.

considering all EU-12 as being equal.

But - with a bit more research I find that since June 2007 you're not required to show your permit when crossing the border if you are EU-12. My colleague would have been stopped before this date.

When I have the card I'll just go and ask at the border. In any case another French colleague who gets stopped and searched from time to time on his scooter says that they are no longer interested in his permit, just his ID card, license etc.

I've just applied for the card with the android app - unlike some reviewers I had no trouble getting my photo accepted. The payment failed the first time round though "an error occurred", so I'll be interested to see if I'm charged twice
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Re: New "passport card" for irish citizens

My card has just arrived - I applied on October 5th, it was posted from Ireland on the 21st and today is the 24th. I moved away from the UK in 2004 and have carried a (relatively bulky) passport with me every day since; I suspect I'm going to feel a bit naked no longer having one with me.
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Re: New "passport card" for irish citizens

In Addition to EU/EFTA countries (which includes Switzerland), Monaco, San Marino, the Faroe Islands and Greenland have also confirmed acceptance.


Going to try finding out from Andorra and French overseas territories what they think
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Re: New "passport card" for irish citizens

The passport card is really great, all can be dealt with after downloading the app, the most efficient Irish process I have ever found, it arrived after only 6 days best 35 Euro spend ever

As for endorsing a passport, as an elected official works, many people from your local Gemiende should work fine as would school principals etc.

One question from my end, how long does it usually take to get a new Irish passport through Bern?
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One question from my end, how long does it usually take to get a new Irish passport through Bern?
About three weeks, but currently there's a lot of demand, plus it's holiday season which slows things down. They're very helpful in Bern.
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They copied the American terminology. US passport cards are good for terrestrial travel to and from Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. http://travel.state.gov/content/pass...tion/card.html (Some states issue "enhanced driving licenses" to eligible citizens and these serve the same function http://www.dhs.gov/enhanced-drivers-...-what-are-they )
Indeed, in fact the back of the IE Passport Card (not to be called a "Paddy Card") looks suspiciously like the back of a US Green Card/Permanent Resident Card.....
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Exactly. That's all its meant for, as Ireland won't ever be part of Schengen as long as there is an agreement with the UK (and the land border will see to that staying put.)

And of course it's being backed and promoted by the Minister as an official ID for nights out in Ireland

Though according to Foreign Affairs, it's valid for EU and EEA travel. Switzerland being the only EFTA member not in the EEA. Can hope/presume/assume that due to Schengen agreements it's okay for crossing borders into CH.
I noticed that too on launch, (and applied with the app), the article on the gov.ie website was later updated.
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The passport card is really great, all can be dealt with after downloading the app, the most efficient Irish process I have ever found, it arrived after only 6 days best 35 Euro spend ever

As for endorsing a passport, as an elected official works, many people from your local Gemiende should work fine as would school principals etc.

One question from my end, how long does it usually take to get a new Irish passport through Bern?
My first renewal after 10 years here took 4 months+, however that's unusual. Bear in mind post-brexit there's been a temporary increase in applications.
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