German citizens require a passport for travel into certain countries. The Foreign Office provides information on entry conditions worldwide on its internet site: www.auswaertiges-amt.de.
As one of the first EU countries to do so, the Federal Republic of Germany introduced electronic passports (ePass) with biometric data on 1 November 2005.
An ePass has personal and document-related information as well as so-called biometric data (from 1 Nov. 2005 the photo and from 1 Nov. 2007 two fingerprints) stored on a chip.
This passport is generally issued for persons aged 12 and over. The ePass is valid for 6 years for persons up to the age of 24 and for 10 years for persons over the age of 24.
In cases of emergency where a travel document is needed in a hurry, an “Express passport” may be issued. These can be obtained from the passport office within 72 hours.
If a passport cannot be issued in time for use even through the express procedure, a “temporary passport” may be issued.
Those who travel frequently may apply for an ePass with 48 pages.
- Foreign Office
- Passport; express issue (Express passport)
- Passport; temporary
- Passport: Application status – information
Who do I have to contact?
Please contact the passport office in your place of residence.
- Another identity document, generally your old passport and/or personal ID card, for example
and/or a civic status certificate (e.g. birth certificate)
that proves the identity of the applicant.
- A current biometric photo (size 45mm x 35mm, portrait format, no frame).
To apply for an ID card, children’s passport and passport, children must come in person (including infants) to the citizens’ office for the initial application and every update. Both parents must sign the application. (Optionally, one parent can sign the application and the other parent can pick up the ID card/passport) In the case of sole custody, the court decision on this must be presented with the application.
Fees are based on “Section 15 Ordinance for the implementation of the Passport Act (PassV)”.
- Section 15 Ordinance for the implementation of the Passport Act (PassV)
- Passport Act
- Ordinance for the implementation of the Passport Act
Further, detailed information on the ePass can be found on the website of the Ministry of the Interior.
You can also find information on USA entry conditions for German citizens on the website of the Foreign Office.
Information from the Ministry of the Interior The inclusion of children in the passports of their parents became invalid on 26.06.2012 (please see the press release below).
- IDs and passports
- USA: Travel and security information
- Inclusion of children in parental passports invalid as of 26.06.2012