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    Important news regarding Dutch travel documents and visas from the Boston office

    News article | January 22, 2015

    The issuance of Dutch travel documents is changing worldwide, and this will affect the service to Dutch citizens in the United States as well.

    The Netherlands government will stop issuing passports and visas at the Honorary Consulate in Boston starting October 1, 2015. From that day onward 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 consuls in these areas will continue to support the Dutch business community and help Dutch citizens in need. The consular counters will close.

    The Dutch Government acknowledges that these changes will have practical consequences for Dutch nationals in the United States.

    The government has introduced a passport valid for 10 years. This means that citizens in the Boston area who successfully apply for a new passport at their Consulate before October 1, 2015, will not have to renew their passport until 2025. Please be aware that minors (younger than 18 years old) will still have to renew their passports every five years. 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.

    Passport applications
    Dutch citizens in the Boston area who need to renew their passport and who are not able to come to 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, Echt-Susteren, Enschede, Maastricht, Montferland and Oldambt. (The cities of Breda and Venlo will follow soon)
    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).
    Visa applications
    Third-country nationals who need a visa for the Kingdom of the 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.
 
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