Applying for a passport or ID card if you live in Pakistan
Are you a Dutch national living in Pakistan? And do you want to renew or apply for a Dutch passport or identity card (ID card)? You can do so at the Dutch embassy in Islamabad. You can also lodge your application at a Dutch border municipality or at the Schiphol desk.
Due to the corona virus, 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. 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, consulate general or VFS Global. 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. Therefore, per passport or ID card first create a personal checklist for each application. 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 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.
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Once you have completed your checklist, please continue with step 2.
Step 2: Check the additional requirements for Pakistan
Your documents may need to meet additional requirements in a given country. Below you can find out about the requirements for Pakistan.
Proof of legal residence
You must provide proof of legal residence in the country where you live. In Pakistan, 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 Pakistani nationality: a valid Pakistani passport or ID card.
Step 3: Apply at a Dutch border municipality or at Schiphol Airport
Step 4: Apply in Pakistan
If you want to apply for your passport or ID card in Pakistan, 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 Pakistan (step 2). Then you can make an appointment.
How do I make an appointment?
You can make an appointment via email to visit the embassy in Islamabad.
How much will it cost?
You can find the price of a passport or ID card in the overview of consular fees in Pakistan.
Payments can only be made in cash, in Pakistani rupees (PKR).
The application of Dutch-Afghani minors needs to be sent to the Dutch authorities. It might take longer to process this application. Therefore you will receive a letter which you need to sign. In that letter you will be informed about the processing time. You will also sign an agreement on the requirements and conditions to contact the embassy by email.
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.
Have your document sent by post
You can have your new passport or ID card sent to you by courier. You must bring a self-addressed envelope when you submit your application. You will have to pay the courier charge yourself.
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 Islamabad.