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.

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 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.

Turkey

In Turkey, you can do this by providing:

  • a valid visa and supporting documents
  • a valid residence permit
    or
  • a Turkish passport/kimlik

Iraq

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:

  • a valid visa
  • a valid residence permit
    or
  • if you hold Iraqi nationality as well as Dutch nationality, you do need to provide 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

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 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.

At the embassy in Ankara you can only pay cash, in Turkish lira (TRY). At the consulate-general in Istanbul you can pay cash, in Turkish lira (TRY) or with a bank- or credit card (Visa, Vpay, Master card or Maestro).

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.

E-mail: upserbil@ups.com
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 ank-ca@minbuza.nl.

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.

Contact

If you have any questions, please contact the embassy in Ankara or the consulate-general in Istanbul.