Issue of Emergency Documents
When travelling abroad, you must be in possession of a valid travel document. If you do not have such a document in your possession, you can, in exceptional cases and under strict conditions, apply for an emergency document. Assessments are made on a case-by-case basis as to whether applicants are entitled to emergency documents.
An emergency document is only issued if you are not able to obtain a passport or identity card in a timely manner. For you to be eligible for issuance of an emergency document, you must demonstrate that your journey cannot be postponed and be able to provide proof of your identity and nationality. You must provide the required documents yourself.
In the Netherlands, the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee issues emergency documents at the following points of issue:
- Schiphol District, Departure Hall 1, Emergency Documents Office;
- Brigade Noord-Holland, IJmuiden post;
- Brigade Drenthe-IJsselstreek, Groningen Airport Eelde post;
- Brigade Oostgrens-Noord, Enschede post;
- Brigade Zuid-Holland, Hoek Van Holland location, Rotterdam Airport post;
- Brigade Brabant Zuid in Eindhoven (near to airport);
- Brigade Limburg Zuid, Maastricht / Aachen Airport.
In the Kingdom of the Netherlands territories in the Caribbean, emergency documents are issued by the governors of the territory in question. Emergency documents are also issued by Dutch Representations abroad.
Some countries set additional or different requirements for travel documents (visas, for example). For further conditions regarding the validity of emergency documents, please contact the embassy or consulate in the relevant country.
An emergency document is only valid as a travel document and can therefore not be used as an identity document. In exceptional cases, the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee can issue an emergency passport. To be considered for issuance of an emergency passport, you must meet all of the requirements set below.
The Royal Netherlands Marechaussee accepts no liability if the intended journey cannot take place owing to your application not being processed due to a lack of certainty regarding the identity of the applicant, the nationality of the applicant, the necessity of the journey and/or due to the workload regarding the number of applications submitted.
An emergency document costs 46.00 EUR.
From 26 June 2012, it is no longer permitted to register children under 18 years of age in the passports of parents. After that date, children under 18 must be in possession of their own travel document (passport or identity card). In order to successfully apply for their own passports, children under 18 years of age require permission from both parents, or persons in custody, of the child applying for the passport.