Biometric passports can only be applied for in person as fingerprints are required. You will need an appointment for each applicant to apply for a German passport. Appointments for the German Embassy in Wellington have to be booked online, using our online booking system. If you apply at the Honorary Consuls in Auckland, Christchurch, Suva or Papeete, please make an appointment with them by phone. Biometric passports issued to applicants under 24 are valid for 6 years; for applicants over 24 the validity is 10 years.
Please note the following important requirements under Alert Level 2:
The passport section of the Embassy will be reopened to the public on 18 May 2020 with some restrictions.
- You will need an appointment to apply for a German passport/ID-card. Appointments have to be booked online, using our online booking appointment system.
- In order to practice social distancing, please note that we only grant access to the Embassy at the time of your appointment. Please be on time for your appointment. Admission is only possible when the waiting room is empty.
- Please wait in front of the entrance gate of the embassy on the markings there until you are invited in by the security guard. The security guard will carry out the usual security checks and will measure your temperature.
- Due to the limited space in the waiting area, only the respective applicant is admitted, as well as any necessary accompanying persons (e.g. parents with child, spouse)
- Please disinfect your hands with the disinfectant provided before entering the visitor's room.
- Please note that due to security concerns larger bags (larger than a standard handbag or briefcase or a day pack) cannot be brought onto the embassy premises. Please make arrangements to leave larger bags in safe storage elsewhere.
- If you notice any symptoms that could indicate a Covid-19 infection, please do not visit the embassy.
- It is currently not possible to collect passports from the embassy. Passports can only be sent by courier mail.
Other consular matters
Such as applications for retention of citizenship, certifications, life certificates, pension matters, can only be attended to after prior arrangement by E-mail
Please note that if Alert Level 3 or 4 is proclaimed again in New Zealand, the Embassy will have to close for public access and your appointment will be automatically cancelled.
Please note that your application can only be accepted if the documents below are complete.
Basic requirements for an application are:
- Application form
- Current Passport and/or identity card please see important information about passport photos here
- Full Birth certificate (if in another language, please also provide a translation into German or English)
- Marriage certificate/extract of German family book, if applicable (if in another language, please provide a German or English translation of the certificate)
- Confirmation of name declaration, if applicable
- De-registration form (‘Abmeldebestätigung’) from your last local authority (only applicable if the last place of residence was in Germany or if a German place of residence is still shown in the passport).
- Two biometric passport photos (available at New Zealand Post Shops)
- Denial of Citizenship, if applicable
- Fingerprints for biometric passports will be taken at the time of application
- Self-addressed courier envelope, if postal delivery is preferred
Change of address in your passport
If a New Zealand address is to be entered in your passport, you can do it free of charge and by post. Please send the application form, your de-registration form (‘Abmeldebestätigung’) from your last local German authority, your passport and a self-addressed courier return envelope to the Embassy Wellington.