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01.12.2017 - Article

General Information


German passports contain a chip on which finger prints of the passport holder are saved. This applies to all applicants who have reached the age of 6. It is therefore mandatory that you apply for your German passport in person at the appropriate German mission. Any passport application that is mailed in cannot be processed.
The validity of the biometric passport is 6 years for applicants under the age of 24, otherwise 10 years. The passport cannot be renewed.

Important Information:
The Consular Section, including the Passport Section of the German Embassy in Kabul, remains closed until further notice. The German Embassy Islamabad has been designated as the passport office responsible for German citizens resident in Afghanistan. However, you may also apply for a German passport at other German missions abroad or at any passport office in Germany.

Passport

On 1 March 2017, a new generation of electronic passports was introduced. The previous passports do not lose their validity and can continue to be used for travel abroad until the expiration date. 

The following documents are required for the application (original + 1 photo copy):

  • completed application form 
  • two identical biometric recent passport photos 
  • previous passport (data page with photo)
  • if applicable, deregistration of your last place of residence in Germany („Abmeldebescheinigung”), if it is entered in your last passport
  • birth certificate / Tazkira (original + German translation), the Tazkira must show the date of birth (DD/MM/YYYY) as well as the place of birth
  • if married, divorced or widowed: marriage certificate (Nikah Nama or Ikrar Nama, in case of a marriage abroad, an Ikrar Nama must be provided. If one spouse was not present at the wedding (proxy marriage) an official power of attorney for the representative and the official acceptance letter of the representative, accepting the power of attorney must be provided), if applicable divorce decree or death certificate of the spouse
  • valid residence permit in Afghanistan / Afghan passport
  • if applicable, certificate about the validity of a name declaration („Bescheinigung über die Namensführung”)
  • if applicable, German Naturalization Certificate
  • if applicable, foreign Naturalization Certificate with “Beibehaltungsgenehmigung”
  • if applicable, your German Doctoral Certificate, if you would like to have your doctoral degree entered in your passport
  • Passport fee

There are two kinds of passports for children and adolescents:

1)      Biometric Passports: A European passport can be issued from birth onwards, up to the age of 12. We recommend that you apply for a European passport, since the child’s passport is not recognized in all countries outside the EU. Passports for citizens under the age of 24 are valid for 6 years and are printed at the Federal Printing Office in Berlin.

2)      Children’s passports: A child’s passport is a simpler (non-biometric) passport and is generally issued within 2 days. A child’s passport replaced the green, folded child’s passport and is valid for 6 years, up to age 12.

Applications for passports can only be submitted in person by the parent/legal guardian at the competent Embassy or Consulate General. The child needs to be present at the time of the appointment for the application. Identity cards or passports cannot be renewed anymore. Starting June 26, 2012, entering the name(s) of the child(ren) in the passport of the parent has become invalid and does not entitle the child to cross the border.

Important information for FIRST TIME passport applications: In some cases, a name declaration needs to be made before the passport application.


Required Documents:

  • The following documents are required for the application (original + 1 photo copy):
  • completed application form 
  • two identical biometric recent passport photos
  • birth certificate / Tazkira of the child (Original + German translation)
  • previous passport/child's passport (data page with photo)
  • valid residence permit in Afghanistan of the child (Visa or Afghan Passport)
  • passports of both parents (data page with photo)
  • valid residence permit in Afghanistan of the German parents
  • parent's marriage certificate (Nikah Nama or Ikrar Nama). In case of a marriage abroad, an Ikrar Nama must be provided. If one spouse was not present at the wedding (proxy marriage) an official power of attorney for the representative and the official acceptance letter of the representative, accepting the power of attorney must be provided
  • if child was born out of wedlock, proof of acknowledgement of paternity
  • Statement of Consent of the absent parent, signature certified by a Notary Public (Exception: Children over 16 years of age who apply for a German ID card only)
  • if applicable, certificate about the validity of a name declaration („Bescheinigung über die Namensführung”)
  • if applicable, German Naturalization Certificate
  • if applicable, foreign Naturalization Certificate with “Beibehaltungsgenehmigung”
  • if applicable, deregistration of last place of residence in Germany („Abmeldebescheinigung”), if it is entered in the last passport
  • if applicable certificate of divorce of the parents and documentation regarding custody
  • passport fee

The fees for a passport are to be paid in cash at the time of application in local currency at the current daily exchange rate.

Passport Fees
Fee in Euro
Biometric passport ( above 24 years old)
81,00 €
Biometric passport (under 24 years old)
58,50 €
Temporary passport (valid for 1 year)
39,00 €
Children's passport (under 12 years old)
26,00 €
Additional fee for 48 pages
22,00 €
Express fee
32,00 €
Change of residence
free


There will be additional fees if the German Embassy in Kabul is not the responsible passport office for you (e.g. when you are still registered in Germany):


Passport Fee
Fee in Euro
Biometric passport (above 24 years old)
141,00 €
Biometrioc passport (under 24 years old)
96,00  €
Temporary passport (valid for 1 year)
65,00  €
Children's passport (under 12 years old)
39,00  €

Loss of Passport

In case of a passport loss, please contact the German Embassy Kabul at the e-mail address visa@kabu.diplo.de.

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