Applying for a passport or ID card if you live in Somalia
If you are a Dutch national living in Somalia and you want to apply for or renew a Dutch passport or ID card, you can go to a Dutch embassy in another country, such as Kenya. 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 Somalia
You must provide proof of legal residence in the country where you live. In Somalia, 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 Somalian nationality: a valid passport or ID card from Somalia.
Step 3: Apply at a Dutch border municipality or at Schiphol Airport
Step 4: Apply in Kenya
If you want to apply for your passport or ID card in Kenya, 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 Nairobi.
How much will it cost?
You can find the price of a passport or ID card in the overview of consular fees in Kenya.
Payments can be made in cash, in Kenyan shillings (KES), or via the M-Pesa mobile phone payment service.
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.
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 Nairobi at the following times:
- between 9.00 and 10.45 on Mondays
- between 8.30 and 10.45 Tuesday to Thursday
- 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.
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 Nairobi.