Applying for a passport or ID card if you live in Thailand
Are you a Dutch national living in Thailand? 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 Bangkok. 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 Thailand
Your documents may need to meet additional requirements in a given country. Below you can find out about the requirements for Thailand.
Proof of legal residence
You must provide proof of legal residence in the country where you live. In Thailand, 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 Thai nationality: a valid Thai passport or ID card.
Declaration of new Dutch passport for Thai immigration
If you live and work in Thailand and you are applying for a new Dutch passport, your Thai visa will need to be transferred to your new passport. The Thai immigration authorities require a written declaration from the Dutch embassy in Bangkok. On the page Declaration of new Dutch passport for Thai immigration you can find out how to get this.
Applying for a second passport
If you often travel to different countries on business, you can apply for a second passport. On the page Applying for a second passport you can read the requirements for the application.
Step 3: Apply at a Dutch border municipality or at Schiphol Airport
Step 4: Apply in Thailand
If you want to apply for your passport or ID card in Thailand, 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 Thailand (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 Bangkok.
How much will it cost?
You can find the price of a passport or ID card in the overview of consular fees in Thailand.
Payments can be made in cash in local currency, with a local bank card, a Dutch debit card or with an international credit card (with chip).
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.
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 Bangkok between 13.30 and 15.00 Monday to Thursday and between 11.00 and 12.00 on 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. You will have to pay the postage charge yourself.
If you want your document sent by registered post to an address in Thailand, you should provide a self-addressed envelope and stamps to the value of THB 70 when you submit your application. You should also submit a completed mailing form.
If you want your document sent to an address in Myanmar, Cambodia or Laos, you should provide a self-addressed envelope and stamps to the value of THB 650 when you submit your application.
If you collect your new document from the Dutch embassy in Yangon, a self-addressed stamped envelope is not necessary.
Your new identity card will not be sent by post. You should collect it at the embassy in Bangkok.
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 Bangkok.