Applying for a passport or ID card if you live in Cabo Verde
If you are a Dutch national living in Cabo Verde 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 Senegal. You can also lodge your application at a Dutch border municipality or at the Schiphol desk.
Due to the coronavirus, the possibilities to apply for a passport or ID card at an embassy or consulate-general are limited. This also applies to applications at an office of an external service provider such as VFS Global.
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 Cabo Verde
Your documents may need to meet additional requirements in a given country. Below you can find out about the requirements for Cabo Verde.
Proof of legal residence
You must provide proof of legal residence in the country where you live. In Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania and Cape Verde, you can do this by providing one of the following documents:
- a valid visa and supporting documents;
- a valid residence permit;
if you also hold the nationality of one of the countries mentioned above: a valid national passport or ID card of one of those countries.
Step 3: Apply at a Dutch border municipality or at Schiphol Airport
Step 4: Apply in Senegal
If you want to apply for your passport or ID card in Senegal, 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 Cabo Verde (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 Dakar. For each person a separate appointment is required.
How much will it cost?
You can find the price of a passport or ID card in the overview of consular fees in Senegal.
Payments can only be made in cash, in West African francs (FCFA).
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. If your new document is being sent to you by post, you must first send your current passport or ID card to the embassy. Only then will the new document be posted to you.
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 Dakar between 14.30 and 15.30 Monday to Thursday. You do not need to make an appointment. First check which days our offices are closed.
Have your document sent by post
You can also have your new passport sent to you by DHL for 13,000 FCFA. You will have to pay the postage charge yourself. You must pay the postage charge when you submit your application.
Your passport can also be sent by DHL to the honorary consulate (HC) in Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania or Cape Verde. Once your document has arrived there, someone will contact you to make an appointment to collect your document from the HC in your country of residence.
Your new identity card will not be sent by post. You should collect it at the embassy in Dakar.
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 Dakar.