Applying for a passport or ID card if you live in China

Are you a Dutch national living in China? 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 Beijing or at the consulate-general in Guangzhou or Shanghai. 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. 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.

  • For every document, you must always bring the original and one photocopy with you.
  • You may need to have the original legalised.
  • If your document is not issued in Dutch, English, German, French or Spanish, it will need to be translated. This must be done by a sworn translator.

  • You may be asked to provide additional documents.
  • All applicants must appear in person; this includes children.

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Once you have completed your checklist, please continue with step 2.

Step 2: Check the additional requirements for China

Your documents may need to meet additional requirements in a given country. Below you can find out about the requirements for China.

Proof of legal residence

You must provide proof of legal residence in the country where you live. In China, you can do this by providing:

  • a valid visa and supporting documents
    or
  • a valid residence permit

Birth certificates issued by Chinese hospitals are valid

Hospital-issued birth certificates are not generally accepted. Medical birth certificates issued in China are an exception to this rule. Children born in China after 1996 are issued with such a certificate by the hospital or midwife. In China, the certificate serves as valid proof of birth and you can use it when applying for a passport. You must have the certificate legalised and translated.

Step 3: Apply at a Dutch border municipality or at Schiphol Airport

If you want to apply for your passport or ID card in the Netherlands, you can do so at one of the Dutch border municipalities or at Schiphol Airport.

Step 4: Apply in China

If you want to apply for your passport or ID card in China, 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 China (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 Beijing or the consulate-general in Guangzhou or Shanghai.

How much will it cost?

You can find the price of a passport or ID card in the overview of consular fees in China.

At the consulates-general in Guangzhou and Shanghai payments can be made in cash in Chinese yuan (CNY) or by Dutch debit or credit card.

At the embassy in Beijing payments can be made in cash or by UnionPay card.

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 4 weeks. At the consulate-general in Guangzhou this will take about 6 - 8 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 Beijing or the consulate-general in Guangzhou or Shanghai.

  • Beijing: between 9.00 and 12.00 and between 14.00 and 16.00 Monday to Friday. You do not need to make an appointment.
  • Guangzhou: between 9.00 and 10.30 Monday to Friday, by appointment only.
  • Shanghai: between 13.00 and 14.00 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 or ID card sent to you. Please note: you must provide your postal address in Chinese characters when you submit your application.

If you are applying at the embassy in Beijing, you must pay a 46 yuan postage charge when you submit your application. If you are applying at the consulate-general in Guangzhou or Shanghai, you must pay the postage charge upon delivery of your document.

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.

Contact

If you have any questions, please contact the embassy in Beijing, or the consulate-general in Guangzhou or Shanghai.