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Passport for children from 2024 – children’s passports will be abolished

From January 1, 2024, parents will no longer be able to apply for children’s passports for their children in Germany. For trips abroad outside the EU and for long-distance trips, for example to the USA, children will generally need a passport equipped with an electronic chip from 2024. The electronic, biometrically readable passport (also called ePassport) can now be applied for for every child. There should be a transition period for the children’s passports that are still valid. Especially if you are planning trips to Great Britain, Turkey, Albania or Serbia, among others, your children will need a normal passport, as these travel destinations are not in the EU or the Schengen area.

The child must be present to apply for a passport, especially if the children are under 16 years old, as the application is made on their behalf by their parents or legal guardians. To apply, the passport application, a biometric passport photo, the original birth certificate or a certified copy thereof, the consent of a legal guardian, and proof of residence are required. A passport will cost 37.50 euros per child. After the passport is issued, it is valid for 6 years for children up to the age of 24.

An identity card is required for travel within the EU; this can be issued from the birth of the child. An identity card costs 22.80 euros.

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