Applying for a passport or ID card if you live in Cook Islands
If you are a Dutch national living in Cook Islands 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 New Zealand. 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 Cook Islands
Depending on your country of residence, additional document requirements may apply. Below you can find out about the requirements for Cook Islands
Proof of legal residence
You must provide proof of legal residence in the country where you live. In Cook Islands, you can do this by providing one of the following documents:
- a residence permit;
- if you also hold the nationality of Cook Islands: a valid passport or ID card that country.
If you have never previously held a Dutch passport or ID card, and you are bringing with you a birth certificate or marriage certificate that was issued in Cook Islands, you must have the document legalised with the apostille stamp.
Do you have a document from another country? Then check whether it needs to be legalised.
Step 3: Apply at a Dutch border municipality or at Schiphol Airport
Step 4: Apply in New Zealand
If you want to apply for your passport or ID card in New Zealand, 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 Wellington.
Applications at another location in the country
The Dutch embassy in Wellington will hold several consular sessions in 2019 at other locations in the country. The next one is on October 24 in Nelson. Read the news article for more information about the locations, dates and application process.
How much will it cost?
You can find the price of a passport or ID card in the overview of consular fees in New Zealand.
Payments can be made in New Zealand dollars (NZD) by Eftpos card or credit card.
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. If so, it may take up to 8 weeks for you to receive your passport or ID card.
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 Wellington between 9.30 and 14.00 Monday to Friday. 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 courier. If you want to receive your document in this way, you should make this known when you submit your application. You will be asked to write your address on an envelope and pay the postage charge.
Your new identity card will not be sent by post. You should collect it at the embassy in Wellington.
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.
Contact If you have any questions, please contact the embassy in Wellington.