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Important Passport Information

Applying For Passports in Nicosia

U.S. Passport Applications

Consistent with current measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Cyprus, routine U.S. citizen services are limited, including passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad applications. We will continue to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens. If your current passport is/was issued when you were age 16 or over, is/was valid for ten years and has not expired more than five years ago, we highly encourage you to send your passport application by mail. Otherwise, see important instructions below for making a passport appointment at the U.S. Embassy.

U.S. passport holders who will have less than six months validity on their passport and have upcoming international travel should consider renewing their passports as soon as possible. It is especially important to also check the passports of any minors who may be travelling. Passports for minors have a shorter validity period (5 years) than passports for adults (10 years) and thus may expire sooner.

Importing Information Regarding Your Visit

  • Please do not come to the Embassy if you or a family member are sick or if you have been in close contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or if you have been told by authorities to self-isolate
  • Our waiting room is small and with social distancing requirements, we cannot have many simultaneous visitors. Follow the instructions below or you will be not be admitted to the Embassy:
    • All visitors are required to wear their own face covering.
    • Arrive at the North Gate entrance 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. We recommend you bring an umbrella in case it rains or if you are sensitive to sun in the summer as shade is limited at certain times of the day.
    • Bring your forms fully completed and the required original supporting documentation as noted in the options below. If your forms are not prepared, you may be asked to complete them outside of the Embassy or to reschedule.
    • Observe social distancing at all times as indicated by the posted instructions and the spacing of seats in the waiting room.
    • Except for parents of children 17 and under, do not bring family members who do not have appointments.

Delivery by Postal Service Required
The U.S. Embassy is unable to provide routine pick-up of new passports at the Embassy. You must bring a stamped €2.50 self-addressed envelope to your appointment in order to receive your new passport via Cyprus Post. One envelope should be provided per applicant. If you are also receiving a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA), your envelope should be A4 size.
NOTE:

  • Please make sure the stamps are for POSTAGE and not duty/Χαρτόσημα stamps. 
  • Please note that it takes between three (3) to four (4) weeks to receive your new passport from the day we receive your application.
  • Passports can only be submitted to ROC addresses.

Social Security Number Requirement
You must include your Social Security number on your passport application. Your application will not be processed until you provide your Social Security number or provide a signed statement that you have never been issued one. For further information regarding this requirement, please refer to travel.state.gov.

For information on how to apply for a Social Security number please write to FBU.Athens@ssa.gov.

Payment Methods & Details

The U.S. Embassy in Nicosia will accept consular fee payments in cash (U.S Dollars and Euro) and credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club, Discover and American Express). We are not authorized to accept personal checks.

The Passport fee is a non-refundable processing fee and is retained by the Department of State whether or not the passport is issued.

For payment information refer to our website at: Passport Renewal Fees

Appointments & Locations

U.S. Citizen Services will be accepted by appointment only.

For information on how to schedule an online appointment refer to our website at: Passports 

Other Information

Passport Photo Requirements

Your photo is a vital part of your passport application. The acceptance of your photo is always at the discretion of the U.S. passport agency. We recommend you use a professional passport photo service to ensure your photo meets all the requirements. Note: Photos must be 2″ x 2″ in size, frontal view and with a background that is uniform, plain white and free of shadows.

For guidance on passport photo requirements refer to our website at: Photos

Reasonable Accommodation

If you need reasonable accommodation for your appointment, we encourage you to request your accommodation immediately once you schedule your appointment. We make every effort to provide accommodations to persons with disabilities and medical conditions. Reasonable accommodations vary, depending on the situation and the person’s needs.
Examples of accommodations include, but are not limited to:

    • If you require a private appointment due to a medical condition or disability, we may schedule an alternative time for you to come in for your interview.
    • If you or your child has special needs that requires a private appointment in a quiet space without distractions, we may schedule an alternative time for you or your family to come in for your interview.
    • If you are unable to speak, you may be allowed to respond to questions in an agreed-upon nonverbal manner such as using pen and paper.
    • If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you may bring a sign language interpreter to translate during the interview if needed.
    • If you have low vision, we may provide you with communications in large print.

If you are unable to provide fingerprints because of a medical condition, including birth defects, physical deformities, skin conditions, you may qualify for a fingerprint waiver for certain fingers.

  • Interview waivers are only granted in extreme situations, such as having a medical condition that requires flying in an air ambulance.

The waiting room of the Consular Section and its restroom is wheelchair-accessible.