Applying for a passport or ID card if you live in New Zealand
Are you a Dutch national living in New Zealand? And do you want to renew or apply for a Dutch passport or identity card (ID card)? From Monday, May 25, 2020, it is again possible to apply for a passport or ID card at the Dutch embassy in Wellington. Note: because of the Coronavirus, fewer appointments are available than normally and the procedure is different than usual. In case you are unable to book an appointment, please try again later.
Due to the corona virus, the possibilities to apply for a passport or ID card at an embassy or consulate-general are limited. Please check the online appointment system to see if it is possible to make an appointment. If no times are available, it is not yet possible to submit an application at the embassy or consulate general. In that case, for the time being you can only submit your application at a number of Dutch border municipalities and at Schiphol.
Step 1: Create your personal checklist
It is important for your passport or ID card application that you bring the correct documents with you. You should therefore create a personal checklist for you or the child you're applying on behalf of. Then you’ll know what documents to bring. Step 2 shows you whether there are additional document requirements in the country you live in.
- 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.
- 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.
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Once you have completed your checklist, please continue with step 2.
Step 2: Check the additional requirements for New Zealand
Depending on your country of residence, additional document requirements may apply. Below you can find out about the requirements for New Zealand.
Proof of legal residence
You must provide proof of legal residence in the country where you live. In New Zealand, you can do this by providing one of the following documents:
- a residence permit (if you do not hold New Zealand nationality);
- if you also hold the New Zealand nationality: a valid New Zealand passport or ID card.
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 New Zealand, you must have the document legalised with an apostille.
First renewal after acquiring New Zealand nationality
If you are renewing your Dutch passport or identity card for the first time since acquiring New Zealand nationality, you must have your naturalisation document legalised with an apostille.
If you acquired New Zealand nationality through your partner, bring proof that you were married at the time of your naturalisation (no record of divorce).You can apply for this through Births, Deaths and Marriages.
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 New Zealand (step 2). Then you can make an appointment.
How do I make an appointment?
From Monday, May 25, 2020, it is again possible, to a very limited extent, to apply for a passport or ID card at the Dutch embassy in Wellington. You must make an appointment via the online appointment system. After you have made an appointment, you will receive an email with instructions. Follow the instructions in the confirmation e-mail very precisely. If no appointments are available, please try again later.
You can make an appointment online to visit the embassy in Wellington.
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 (due to the Coronavirus not possible until further notice)
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 have your new passport or ID card sent to you by courier. You will be asked to write your address on an envelope and pay a NZD 8 postage charge at the moment of application.
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.