Chicago Consulate, Three Honorary Consulates to Stop Issuing Passports and Visas
The Dutch government will stop issuing passports and visas at the Consulate General in Chicago, as well as the Honorary Consulates in Atlanta, Boston, and Los Angeles, on October 1, 2015.
The Honorary Consulate in Orlando stopped issuing visas and passports on July 1.
Dutch consuls will continue to support the Dutch business community and help Dutch citizens who might, for example, need emergency travel documents, even though the consular counters are closing.
After October 1, passport and visa applications can only be submitted at the Dutch Consulates General in Miami, San Francisco and New York, and at the Netherlands Embassy in Washington, D.C.
The Dutch government acknowledges that these closures will have practical consequences for Dutch nationals in the United States.
However, the government has introduced a passport that is valid for 10 years. This means that citizens in the Atlanta, Orlando, Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston areas who successfully apply for a new passport before October 1, 2015, will not have to renew their passport until 2025.
Children will still have to renew their passports every five years until they receive their first adult passport after turning 18 years old. More details about the 10-year validity of the passport can be found on www.dutchhelp.com.
For any consular questions, you can also call 1-877 DUTCHHELP (1-877-388-2443) 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Dutch citizens in the Atlanta, Los Angeles, Orlando, Chicago and Boston areas who need to renew their passport, and who are not able to schedule an appointment at their consulate before October 1, 2015, can:
Make an appointment at one of the Dutch Consulates General in Miami, San Francisco, New York or at the Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Apply for a new passport at the municipal desk (Haarlemmermeer municipality), Departure Hall 1 at Schiphol Airport, or in the city of The Hague and border communities Bergen op Zoom, Bergeijk, Breda, Echt-Susteren, Enschede, Maastricht, Montferland, Oldambt and Venlo. More information can be found via http://www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/paspoort-en-identificatie/vraag-en-antwoord/aanvragen-paspoorten-identiteitskaarten-schiphol-en-grensgemeente.html
Apply for a new passport at a Netherlands Embassy in another country.
- If you apply for a Dutch passport only in order to confirm your Dutch nationality, you could consider applying for a “Bewijs van bezit Nederlanderschap” instead (€30).
Third-country nationals who need a visa to visit or transit through the Kingdom of the Netherlands or the Caribbean Netherlands can apply in person at one of the Consulates General in Miami, San Francisco and New York or at the embassy in Washington, D.C.
More details about visa applications at www.dutchhelp.com.