The classic German children’s passport is being phased out. From 1 January, there will be a new electronic passport with a chip. This was announced by the Federal Ministry of the Interior in Berlin. However, children’s passports that have already been issued can still be used until they become invalid, it continues. However, the ministry points out that some countries already no longer accept extended children’s passports. In addition, some countries already require that the passport is valid for three to six months when entering the country. Information on whether the specific destination country recognises a children’s passport or an extended children’s passport can be found on the website of the Federal Foreign Office:
Applications for the new children’s passports can be made at the citizens’ office of the town or municipality in which you live.
However, the new children’s passport is more expensive than the old one: It costs €37.50 instead of the previous €13. For travelling within the EU (but not to the UK), a children’s ID card, which costs €22.80, is also sufficient. The children’s passport is valid for six years—but only if the child can be identified in the picture. “Anyone who has a passport issued for their infant will have difficulties with this if the child is a few years old and looks different in the passport photo,” writes the ADAC association.
Das Bürgeramt in Tübingen. Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL / Mostafa Elyasian.