Passport applications - only if currently urgent or necessary!
Due to the latest lockdown, the recent closure of the passport section and the upcoming deadline for applications under the UK EU settlement scheme, we are confronted with a very high demand for passport and ID card appointments.
We endeavour to provide as many appointments as possible under ongoing social distancing measures, processing documents as quickly as possible.
Deadline for applications under the UK EU settlement scheme is 30 June 2021. We would therefore like to prioritise appointment bookings for customers who have not yet applied for settled/pre-settled status and who require a passport for this purpose.
We are appealing to those customers whose current documents are still valid for several months to delay their applications until a later date.
Currently only the following applicants should consider booking an appointment: those, whose documents have already expired, are due to expire shortly or first applications for newborns.
We would like to appeal to all other applicants (e.g. dual citizens who have other travel documents available) to refrain from booking appointments and to bear with us for the time being.
You will be able to book an appointment through our online booking system from mid of April. For the appointment booking system, please click here.
Special appointments for persons whose appointments were cancelled
The Consulate General’s passport section will offer special appointments for customers whose passport appointments were cancelled in January 2021. The persons concerned have been informed about the procedure via e-mail.
Emergency passport applications
Until the Consulate General Edinburgh reopens, appointments can be granted in the event of the emergencies described below. Please contact us via email.
1. Despite lockdown, you require a passport for imminent, urgent travel and do not have a valid travel document for this journey. Please provide us with proof of your imminent travel upon submission of your application. Please note that under UK law, travelling abroad during lockdown is only permitted if you have a “legally permitted reason to leave home”.
2. A passport is required for a newborn child holding only German citizenship.
3. You need to apply for pre-/settled status under the UK EU Settlement Scheme and do not have a valid biometric passport or ID card.
4. You hold both German and British citizenship, but do not have a German passport to allow you to accept a concrete job offer in the European Union. Please provide us with proof of your concrete job offer upon submission of your application.
Thank you for your understanding and stay healthy!
Your Consulate General Edinburgh