Applying for a passport or ID card if you live in Turkey
Are you a Dutch national living in Turkey? 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 Ankara or at the consulate-general in Istanbul. 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. 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 Turkey
Your documents may need to meet additional requirements in a given country. Below you can find out about the requirements for Turkey.
Proof of legal residence
You must provide proof of legal residence in the country where you live.
In Turkey, 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 Turkish nationality: a valid Turkish passport/kimlik or ID card.
If you live in Iraq and are applying for a Dutch passport or ID card in Turkey, you provide proof of legal residence in Iraq. You can do this by providing one of the following documents:
- a valid visa;
- a valid residence permit;
- if you hold Iraqi nationality as well as Dutch nationality: a valid Iraqi passport or ID card.
Legalisation of Turkish birth certificate or marriage certificate not necessary
If your birth certificate or marriage certificate was issued in Turkey (including multilingual extracts), you do not need to have these documents legalised. You can use these documents to apply for a passport or ID card as they are.
Minors under 18 of Iraqi-Dutch origin
If you are submitting a passport application on behalf of a minor of Iraqi-Dutch origin the embassy will send your documents to the Dutch authorities for assessment. You will be notified of the length of the procedure by letter. You must sign this letter to give your consent. You must also sign a document outlining the terms and conditions of email contact with the embassy.
Step 3: Apply at a Dutch border municipality or at Schiphol Airport
Step 4: Apply in Turkey
If you want to apply for your passport or ID card in Turkey, 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 Turkey (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 Ankara or the consulate-general in Istanbul.
How much will it cost?
You can find the price of a passport or ID card in the overview of consular fees in Turkey. You can also see there how you can pay at the embassy and the consulate-general.
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 or consulate-general. 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 Ankara or the consulate-general in Istanbul.
- Ankara: between 8.30 and 12.00 Monday to Friday
- Istanbul: between 8.30 and 11.30 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 or ID card sent to an address within Turkey. You must fill in a UPS envelope when you submit your application. You will normally receive your document within 2 days of sending. The amount charged depends on your location and the weight of the envelope. You must pay the postage charge when you receive the document.
Have your document sent to Iraq
The embassy in Ankara can also send your document to you in Iraq. You must pay UPS Erbil in advance.
Telephone: +964 (0)75 0335 1356
UPS Erbil will send you a pre-printed shipment label, which you can forward to the embassy by email to email@example.com.
What happens to my old passport or ID card?
The embassy or consulate-general 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.