Emergency passport

You need a valid travel document to travel to or from the Netherlands. If you do not have this, you can apply for an emergency passport in very exceptional cases and under strict conditions. The Royal Netherlands Marechaussee issues emergency passports. An emergency passport costs €51 (2022).

Conditions for an emergency passport in the Netherlands

You can only obtain an emergency passport if you meet the following conditions:

  • You have Dutch nationality;
  • You cannot obtain a passport or identity document in time;
  • You cannot postpone your trip;
  • The Marechaussee must be able to ascertain your identity and nationality;
  • You must ensure that documentary evidence is available (see below).

Do you not have Dutch nationality and do you need an emergency passport? Please contact the embassy or consulate of the relevant country.

Documentary evidence for application of an emergency passport

You need the following documentary evidence to show that you need an emergency passport: 

  • Travel documents, such as flight tickets and hotel reservations;
  • An envelope containing a recently certified copy of the entry in the Persons Database stating your nationality. This envelope must also be closed and sealed by the municipal authorities. Certified means that the document is a certified copy of the original;
  • An envelope containing a certified copy of your recent application for a new travel document (RAAS form). This envelope must also be closed and sealed by the municipal authorities;
  • A valid proof of identity, such as a Dutch driving licence;
  • A recent passport photo that meets all requirements;
  • Other travel documents, if applicable;
  • If you have lost your travel document: a certified copy of the official document reporting a loss.

Issue of emergency passports

In the Netherlands, you can apply for an emergency passport at the following Marechaussee locations:

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Departure Hall 1, Emergency Documents Office

IJmuiden

Sluisplein 33, 1975 AG IJmuiden

Groningen Airport Eelde

Machlaan 8, 9761 TK Eelde

Coevorden

Eendrachtstraat 16, 7742 SZ Coevorden

Hoek van Holland

Stationsweg 10, 3151 HS Hoek van Holland

Rotterdam The Hague Airport

Rotterdam Airportplein 60, 3045 AP Rotterdam

Eindhoven Airport

Luchthavenweg 25, 5657 EA Eindhoven

Maastricht Aachen Airport

Vliegveldweg 134, 6199 AD Maastricht Airport

Emergency passport Caribbean Netherlands (Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba)

In the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, emergency passports are issued by the governors.

Emergency passport Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten

Are you registered as a resident in the countries of Aruba, Curaçao or Sint Maarten or are you staying there? Then you can request an emergency document from the Cabinet of the Governor.

Validity emergency passports

An emergency passport may only be used as a travel document, and not as proof of identity. In addition the emergency passport is only valid for the length of the travel.

Some countries, like the United States or the United Arab Emirates (Dubai) do not allow people to travel with an emergency passport without a chip. People with a Dutch emergency passport can therefore not travel to the US or UAE, because Dutch emergency passports are chipless. In some cases, countries can make an exception for demonstrable emergencies. Such as a death in the family or an urgent medical need. Some countries set additional or different requirements for travel documents, such as visa requirements. For more information, contact the relevant embassy or consulate.

The Marechaussee accepts no liability if your trip cannot go ahead or cannot go ahead on time. The Marechaussee also accepts no liability in case your application cannot be processed in time as a result of a heavy workload.

Emergency passports abroad

Are you abroad and has your Dutch passport or ID card been lost or stolen? Abroad, you can apply for an emergency passport at a Dutch embassy or consulate. You will be issued with a Dutch laissez-passer if it is not possible to issue an emergency passport in time.

Emergency passport for a minor

If you apply for an emergency passport for a minor, both parents/authorised persons must be present for signature. If only one of the parents is authorised by the court decision, you must present this decision. For the rest the same conditions as in other situations apply.