Applying for a passport or ID card if you live in Sierra Leone
If you are a Dutch national living in Sierra Leone 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 Ghana. You can do so at the Dutch embassy in Accra. 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 Sierra Leone
Your documents may need to meet additional requirements in a given country. Below you can find out about the requirements for Sierra Leone.
Proof of legal residence
You must provide proof of legal residence in the country where you live. In Sierra Leone, 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 Sierra Leone: a valid passport or ID card of Sierra Leone.
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 Sierra Leone, you must have the document legalised.
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 Ghana
If you want to apply for your passport or ID card in Ghana, 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 inyour 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 Accra.
How much will it cost?
You can find the price of a passport or ID card in the overview of consular fees in Ghana.
Payments can only be made in cash, in Ghanaian cedi (GHC).
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.
How do I get my document?
Collect your document
You can collect your document from the embassy in Accra between 8.00 and 10.00 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 registered post or by courier. You will have to pay the postage charge yourself. You must supply the embassy with your full address. A P.O. Box or house number alone is not sufficient. The embassy accepts no responsibility if your document is lost in transit.
Your new identity card will not be sent by post. You should collect it at the embassy in Accra.
What happens to my old passport or ID card?
The embassy or consulate 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 Accra.