Applying for a passport or ID card if you live in Albania
If you are a Dutch national living in Albania and you want to apply for or renew a Dutch passport or ID card, you can go to a Dutch embassy or consulate-general in another country, such as North Macedonia. You can also lodge your application at a Dutch border municipality or at the Schiphol desk.
Step 1: Create your personal checklist
It is important for your passport or ID card application that you bring the correct documents with you. Therefore, per passport or ID card first create a personal checklist for each application. Then you’ll know what documents to bring.
Note: step 2 shows you whether there are additional document requirements in the country you live in.
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- You must appear in person to apply for your passport. Someone else is not allowed to do this for you. This also applies to someone under the age of 18. He or she must also be present at the application.
- You may need to have the original legalised.
- You may provide documents in Dutch, English, German or French. Abroad and at the passport desk at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, you may also provide documents from the civil registrar in Spanish. If your documents are in another language, you must have them translated by a sworn translator.
- You may be asked to provide additional documents.
Once you have completed your checklist, please continue with step 2.
Step 2: Check the additional requirements for Albania
Your documents may need to meet additional requirements in a given country. Below you can find out about the requirements for Albania.
Proof of legal residence
You must provide proof of legal residence in the country where you live. In Albania , you can do this by providing one of the following documents:
- proof that you are registered with your local municipality;
- a bank statement or utility bill bearing your address;
- proof of payment of municipal taxes;
if you also hold the Albanian nationality: a valid Albanian passport or ID card.
First-time application: legalisation of documents
Does your personal checklist (step 1) state that you must have a document legalised?
Do you have a document from Albania? Many documents from the EU that are used in another EU country do not have to be legalised. Check on the page Legalisation of documents from Albania for use in the Netherlands whether your document should be legalised or not.
Do you have a document from another country? Then also check whether it should be legalised.
Step 3: Apply at a Dutch border municipality or at Schiphol Airport
Step 4: Apply in North Macedonia
If you want to apply for your passport or ID card in North Macedonia, first make sure you have all the required documents. You can see which documents you need by completing the checklist (step 1). You should also check what additional requirements apply in your country of residence (step 2). Then you can make an appointment.
How do I make an appointment?
You can make an appointment online to visit the embassy in Skopje.
How much will it cost?
You can find the price of a passport or ID card in the overview of consular fees in North Macedonia.
Payments can only be made in cash, in Denars (MKD).
How long will it take?
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will first determine if you are a Dutch national. If so, you are entitled to a passport or ID card.
Your passport or ID card will be ready in about 3 weeks. You may be asked to provide additional documents to help us assess your application. In that case, the decision period will be extended.
What if I need my passport or ID card in the meantime?
If you need your current passport or ID card while your application is being processed, you can hand it in later, when you come to collect your new one.
How can I track my application?
When you apply for a travel document, you will receive a track & trace code. This allows you to track the status of your application online. You will be informed by email when your document is ready.
Collect your document
You can collect your document from the embassy in Skopje between 9.00 and 12.00 Monday to Friday. You do not need to make an appointment. First check which days our offices are closed.
What happens to my old passport or ID card?
The embassy will cancel your old passport or ID card and then return it to you.
If your old document contains visas or residence permits that are still valid and you want to keep those pages intact, you should make this known beforehand.
If you have any questions, please contact the embassy in Skopje