The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in London, United Kingdom

Application for a second passport


Second passports are only issued in special circumstances.

What is a second passport and when can I apply for one?

Based on ‘artikel 30’ of the Passport law (‘Paspoortwet onder bijzondere omstandigheden’) in special circumstances a second passport can be issued to a person already in possession of a valid Dutch travel document. These special circumstances are the need to travel to various countries for which a visa is compulsory or the need to travel to conflicting countries. To hold only one passport would be a constant issue in travelling to one of these countries. A second passport looks the same as a regular passport; however it is only valid for two years. If needed the second passport can also be issued with 66 pages (similar to the regular business passport).

Based on ‘artikel 24 PUB’ in the Dutch law a second passport is valid for two years and for all countries.

Based on ‘artikel 23 PUB’ it needs to be stated on the application form that the request is for a second passport. The first passport needs to be shown at the time of the application. In case the first passport is valid less than six months at the time of the application, a second passport can only be applied for after the first passport has been renewed.

The use of a second passport is always at risk of the holder. We stress specifically that only one passport needs to be shown when crossing borders.

In addition to all documents mentioned on the checklist for a regular application a second passport application needs to be supported by a letter from your employer, stating specifically how often and which countries you travelled to in the past as well as which countries you will travel to in the future and how frequent.

An appointment can be made here.


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