Australian Embassy
Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein



  Applying for an Australian passport


Passport application step-by-step

1. Get the form

Fill out the passport application at the global website and print it off. You will need to create an account first. When you fill out your application form online, you will automatically be directed to the correct form and a list of required supporting documents will be available. 


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2.  Print, sign and date your form.

Print: You may need to adjust your print settings so that the top/bottom of the pages are not cut off.

Sign: Make sure all sections are signed before your interview.  Passport staff cannot witness signatures.

Date: Signatures are valid for six months only. An application signed more than six months ago cannot be accepted. 

3. Supporting documents

All documents must be original documents. We cannot accept certified copies. Please review the information sheets for a list of the required supporting documents:

Australian Passport Overseas Renewal Application Form (PC7, adults only)

Australian Passport Overseas New Application Form (PC8)

4. Photographs and Guarantor

We recommend that you have your photos taken by a photographer showing them the photograph guidelines. Photos taken in photo booth will likely be rejected.


A guarantor must sign the application and endorse the back of one photo for all new (PC8) applications. 

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5. Book an appointment or send the application by post (PC7 only)

For child applications, one parent must lodge the application in person. The lodging parent does not have to be Australian. 

Children aged 16 and 17 years old must attend the interview accompanied by one parent. Children aged 15 years and younger are not required to attend the interview.

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6. Processing time

Due to an increase in demand, please allow 6-8 weeks to receive your new passport after lodgement.

You can keep your current passport while your new one is being processed. 

You can either pick up your passport in Frankfurt or Berlin or it will be sent to you by registered mail. A postage fee applies. 



Further information


Outreach events

We will be offering outreach for passports and notarial services in Munich on the 27th and 28th of September. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

If you have a general interest in upcoming appointments for passport or notarial services in Hamburg or Munich, please email: [email protected] to be placed on our mailing list. If you are interested in passport or notarial services in Cologne or Stuttgart, please email [email protected]. Please advise of your full name, date of birth, passport number, the service you require and the city you are interested in.

As soon as an event is scheduled, you will be sent an email. It will also  be advertised on this website.

For more information on outreach events, click here to see our guide.

Emails requesting information on potential upcoming dates will not be answered.

Should you need the new passport urgently, please book a regular appointment in Berlin or Frankfurt.

Emergency passport

Only Australian citizens can be issued with an Emergency passport in circumstances where either they cannot complete all requirements (other than identity, citizenship and entitlement) for the issue of a full validity passport or they can complete all requirements but there is a need to travel urgently. The Emergency passport contains only 4 visa pages and its validity is limited to a period between seven and twelve months. The issue of the Emergency Passport is guaranteed within two working days once all requirements are fulfilled. A full validity passport may be applied for simultaneously, utilising the same application as for the Emergency Passport.

It is the responsibility of the holder to ensure the travel document is suitable for entry, transit and exit for any ongoing travel including visa requirements.

If you need to travel within the next 48 hours, please contact the Australian Embassy Berlin on +49 30 88 00 88 0 (Option "2" for consular and passports) or the Australian Consulate-General in Frankfurt on +49 69 905580 0 immediately.

Passport validity

Ordinary passport (34 pages):

10 - year validity for persons aged 16 and over
5 -  year validity for children under 16 years and optional for persons aged 75 years and over

Replacement Passport (34 pages):

Only available to overseas applicants with full visa pages or minor damages but more than 2 years validity remaining on their current passport. A replacement passport will be issued with the same expiry date as the passport being replaced. 

Entry, exit and transit requirements

Some countries won't let you enter unless your passport is valid for six months after you plan to leave that country. It can apply even if you're just transiting or stopping over.

Some foreign governments and airlines apply the rule inconsistently. If you’re not sure your passport will be valid for long enough for your journey, consider getting a new passport.

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Passport FAQs

Do you have more questions? Read through our FAQs:

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If you cannot find the answer to your question, email us.

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Original documents located overseas

If your original documents are located in another country, you can have a friend or relative present them on your behalf instead of having the originals sent to you in Germany. 

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Report a lost or stolen passport

If your passport is lost or stolen, you have to tell us. Phone us on +49 30 88 00 88 0 (Berlin) or +49 69 905580 (Frankfurt). 


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