Applying for a passport or ID card if you live in United Arab Emirates

Are you a Dutch national living in United Arab Emirates? And do you want to renew or apply for a Dutch passport or identity card (ID card)? You can do so at the consulate-general in Dubai. 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 the United Arab Emirates

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

Proof of legal residence

You must provide proof of legal residence in the country where you live.

United Arab Emirates

In the United Arab Emirates, you can do this by providing:

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

Iraq

If you live in Iraq and are applying for a Dutch passport or ID card in the United Arab Emirates, 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

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 the United Arab Emirates

If you want to apply for your passport or ID card in the United Arab Emirates, 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 the United Arab Emirates (step 2). Then you can make an appointment.

How do I make an appointment?

In the United Arab Emirates it is only possible to apply for travel documents at the consulate-general in Dubai. You can make an appointment online.

How much will it cost?

You can find the price of a passport or ID card in the overview of consular fees in the United Arab Emirates. Payments can be made in cash in UAE dirham (AED) or by debit or credit card, in euros (EUR).

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.

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 consulate-general in Dubai on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday between 15.00 and 16.00. You do not need to make an appointment. First check which days our offices are closed. If you live in Abu Dhabi, the consulate-general can provide you with more information.

What happens to my old passport or ID card?

The 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 consulate-general in Dubai.