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Apply for an emergency travel document

Description

In acute emergencies, the border authorities (Federal Police) can issue you with a travel document for emergencies before you travel, provided that you have the nationality of Germany or another EU member state or have a secure residence status.

With a travel document for emergencies (travel document as a passport substitute or emergency travel document), you can leave and then re-enter Germany. In principle, it only applies for the duration of the respective trip, but at the longest for

  • three months (travel document as a passport replacement) or
  • one month (emergency travel document).

It is therefore not a full-fledged replacement for the passport. At least on weekdays, a temporary passport can also be issued by the competent passport authorities at short notice.

Other states are not obliged to accept a travel document for emergencies as a full-fledged travel document. Airlines can also refuse to carry a travel document in case of emergency.
On the website of the Federal Police you will find a list of states that recognize the travel document as a passport substitute or the emergency travel document without restriction or in conjunction with a time-expired photo ID (for example, passport or identity card). Note, however, that foreign border authorities can change this practice at any time at short notice.

There is no legal entitlement to the issuance of a travel document as a passport substitute or emergency travel document.

You must personally apply for a travel document for emergencies directly at the border authority (for example, at the airport with the Federal Police).

  • If you would like to receive your travel document more quickly in the event of an emergency, you can send your personal and travel data electronically to the responsible border authority in advance. As a rule, they will then contact you.
  • Further information on applying for a travel document as a passport substitute can also be obtained from the 24-hour hotline of the Federal Police on 0800 6 888 000
  • It must be possible to establish the identity and German nationality or citizenship of the Union or the guaranteed residence status of the traveller or the traveller.
  • There are no
    • Safety
    • reasons for a ban on leaving the country, or
    • Reasons for refusal of passports.
  • and the non-recognition by the destination state is not known
  • In the case of minors, the consent of the legal representatives must be given.
  • Proof of identity and nationality (usually through the expired passport or identity card)
  • For foreigners: Proof of secure residence status (emergency travel document)
  • In exceptional cases, you can also prove your identity by means of copies of your expired passport or identity card or by means of your birth certificate in conjunction with another official document with a photo (e.g. driving licence).
  • Travel document as a passport replacement for Germans within the official period of service: EUR 8.00
  • Travel document as a passport replacement for Germans outside the official period of service: EUR 16.00
  • Emergency travel document for foreigners: EUR 18,00

Usually around 30 minutes

  • Forms: none
  • Online procedure possible: yes
  • Written form required: yes
  • Personal appearance necessary: yes

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community

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