Most countries will require that your passport be valid for at least six months after you enter the country. In most cases you will not be issued a visa if your passport is set to expire. Passport renewals are easy to take care of, so no worries…

You should however, allow plenty of time to apply for a new passport… although most passport services will rush your application for an additional cost. You can apply for a passport at the local passport office in your native country. If you live abroad, contact the nearest embassy or consulate.

Here’s what to do, based on the country you live in…

To obtain a Canadian passport you will need: two current photos; proof of Canadian citizenship; any previous Canadian passport, certificate of identity or refugee travel document issued to you in the last five years; a completed application form and the application fee. A Canadian passport costs CDN$85-90 and is usually issued within eight working days.

You can either apply at your local passport office or by sending your application forms to the passport office in Hull, Qubec:
The Passport Office
Place du Centre Commercial Level 2
200 Promenade du Portage
Hull Quebec J8X 4B7

Tel:(819) 994 3500 or 1800 567 6868

To obtain an Irish passport your will need two passport photos (which have been signed and certified) as well as proof of citizenship and the application fee. Application forms are available from all Garda stations and from Post Offices which provide the Passport Express service.

If you live in the counties of Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary or Waterford, you should mail your completed application to:
Passport Office Cork
1a South Mall, Cork.
Tel: (021)272525

If you live elsewhere in Ireland, including Northern Ireland, you should mail your completed application to: Passport Office Dublin
Setanta Centre
Molesworth Street, Dublin 2.
Tel:(01) 671 1633.

Passports should be issued within 10 working days. An Irish passport is valid for 10 years and costs 57 for a 32-page passport and 60 for a 48-page passport. 

New Zealand
You can download passport applications from the passport website or pick one up at most travel agencies. You will need: proof of identity, proof of citizenship, two passport photos and the NZ$80 application fee.

New Zealand passport application forms can be downloaded from the passport office website and are also available from most travel agencies. Applications are processed within ten working days. New Zealand passports are valid for 10 years.

Completed application forms should be sent to:
The Department of Internal Affairs
Passport Office
PO Box 10-526, Wellington.
Tel: 0800 22 50 50. 

South Africa
To obtain a South African passport you will need to apply well in advance as it can take up to 6 months to process. Application forms are available at all Department of Home Affairs offices in South Africa and South African consulates and embassies abroad. South African passports are valid for 10 years and cost around 80 rand.

Completed applications should be sent to:
Department of Home Affairs
Civitas Building
242 Struben Street, Pretoria.
Tel: (012) 314 8911. 

United Kingdom
You can apply for a British passport online or at one of the UK Passport Agencies (website:; tel: 0870 521 0410) in Belfast, Durham, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Newport and Peterborough.

If you need your passport faster, you can lodge your application in person at a UK passport office and pay 30 for a one week service or 45 for same day service. You can apply for a passport online at

Online applications are not recommended if you need your passport within four weeks. Applications lodged at post offices and travel agents are normally issued in around three weeks, while applications lodged at UK Passport Offices are processed in two weeks.

British passports cost 33 for a 32-page passport and 40 for a 48-page passport. British passports are valid for 10 years. 

United States
US passport applications can be lodged at over 4500 places including many post offices. US passports are valid for 10 years and cost US$55 plus a $30 filing fee. Applications are processed in around 6 weeks.

Passport Express provides an expedited service in 7 business days for $245 or 1-6 business days for $295.

You can find more info online at or by contacting the US Passport office.
tel: (202) 647 0518.