Applying for a Dutch passport or identity card if you live in China

If you want to apply for a Dutch passport or ID card and you live in China, follow this step-by-step plan.

Step 1: Create your personal checklist

Creating a personal checklist will show you what documents you need in order to apply for a passport or ID card. Create a separate checklist for each application. This means one for you and one for your child, for instance.

When you have created your checklist, go to step 2.

Step 2: Check the additional requirements

Your personal checklist (see step 1) will show you that you also need documents from China in order to apply for a Dutch passport or ID card. You can also see whether your documents need to be legalised and translated.

Step 3: Make an appointment

Once you know which documents you need, you can make an appointment in China or the Netherlands. Make a separate appointment for every application you wish to submit.

Step 4: Go to your appointment

You must submit your passport or ID card application in person. Even applicants under 18 must appear in person.

Step 5: Collect your passport or ID card or have it sent to you

It usually takes 4 weeks until your passport or ID card is ready. If you submit your application to the consulate-general in Guangzhou, you will normally need to wait 6 to 8 weeks. You will be contacted if there are documents missing from your application. In this case, it will take longer until your passport or ID card is ready. You must collect your new passport or ID card within three months; after three months it will be destroyed.


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