Dutch passport application possible in Perth in 2019
In 2019, Dutch nationals in Western Australia will be able to apply for a new passport in Perth. Consul General Frank van Beuningen announced this in an interview last Friday with NOS correspondent Robert Portier for SBS Radio Dutch. The announcement has been published in De Staat van het Consulaire – edition 2018, which was offered to the Tweede Kamer (House of Representatives) by Minister Blok last Friday.
Over the next years, the Dutch government intends to bring the consular service, issuing Dutch travel documents for Dutch nationals abroad, closer to its customers and to digitise it as much as possible, without compromising the safety and quality of this service.
Following a successful pilot in the UK, where Dutch citizens can apply for a Dutch passport or ID card through an external service provider not only in London, but also in Edinburgh, this service will be extended to more locations in other parts of the world.
The choice for those locations takes into consideration the wishes of the Dutch House of Representatives and the location where this service is of added value for Dutch nationals abroad. Attention has been paid to, for example, the distance to the closest diplomatic mission with a consular front office, the distance to the Netherlands and/or the availability of a premium service outside regular office hours. In 2019, Dutch passport services through an external provider will become available in London and the Midlands (UK), Edmonton (Canada), Perth (Australia), Chicago (USA) and a location in Spain that is still to be decided.
De exact date when Dutch nationals can apply for a passport in Perth will be announced in due course. The option to open more locations in Australia with passport services through an external service provider will be explored. It is yet unclear when this will happen.
The consular service desk at the Consulate General in Sydney will of course remain open for passport applications as well.
Listen to the interview with Frank van Beuningen (in Dutch) www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/dutch/nl/audiotrack/wa-dutchies-kunnen-binnenekort-paspoort-perth-aanvragen
Download ‘De Staat van het Consulaire – 2018’ (in Dutch)