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How to obtain a biometric passport

All what you need to know about the biometric passport:

Every citizen applying for a biometric passport must fulfil the following conditions:

  • Applying for a passport for the first time at the Embassy is subject to prior consular registration*;

  • The applicant, except children under 12 years, must be present at the Embassy when submitting the application and collecting the passport;

Be in possession of the special extract of his/her birth certificate '12s';

File content:

  1. The expired passport;

  2. The valid consular registration card;

  3. The passport application form duly filled and signed by the applicant or by the legal guardian for minors;

  4. The original applicant's special extract of birth certificate '12s'*;

  5. Original and a copy of proof of legal residence in Namibia (work permit, study permit, business permit…);

  6. A copy of the blood type card;

  7. Four (04) photos comply with required standards (please write the name and surname at the back);

  8. The work certificate or certificate of enrolment for students or school children;

  9. A copy of a proof of address;

Payment of the passport fees (The equivalent of 60 Euro in Namibian Dollars payable by cash only when applying for the passport).

Passport for kids:

Minor is entitled to an individual passport at any age.

In addition to the documents listed above, the issuing of a passport to a minor (under 19 years) is subject to a written parental permission by the father or by the legal guardian who must be present at the consulate to sign the document in the presence of the officer in charge.

Please, be advised that children's birth must be registered on the civil status records of the Embassy prior to the issuance of the passport. Furthermore, the Embassy recalls that Algerian law imposes that the birth of a child must be declared to and registered within 10 days

 note: the presence of children under 12 years at the Embassy is not required either when submitting the application or when collecting the passport. These two operations can be performed by the child's legal guardian. However, the photographs provided must meet the required standards (The application will be rejected if the photographs do not meet these requirements).

Passport photo requirements 

Important: Applicants for biometric passport must ensure their photos meet the required standards. If photographs presented do not meet these requirements the application will be rejected.

Please follow these instructions carefully.

1. General requirements

Photos must:

    • be colour, recent and identical;

    • mesure 45mm by 35mm;

    • be printed on photo-quality paper without borders;

Only original photographs are acceptable. Copied or digitally scanned photos of photos will not be accepted. In addition, photos must not be digitally altered or retouched to alter the person's appearance in any way.


2. Face

    • eyes must be open and clearly visible, with no flash reflections and no red eye;

    • facial expression must be neutral (neither frowning nor smiling), with the mouth closed;

    • photos must reflect/represent natural skin color;


    • photos must show both edges of the face clearly;

    • photos must show a full front view of face and shoulders, squared to the camera;

the face and shoulder image must be centred in the photo, the subject must not be looking over one shoulder (portrait style), or tilting their head to one side or backwards or forwards; 


    • there must be no hair across the eyes;

    • hats or head coverings are not permitted except veil for women and the full facial features must be clearly visible;

    • photos with shadows on the face are unacceptable.

 3. Background

Photos must have a background which:

    • has no shadows;

    • has uniform lighting, with no shadows or flash reflection on the face and head;

    • shows a plain, uniform and white;

    • photos with dark, busy or patterned backgrounds will not be accepted.


4. Glasses

    • as the glasses can often show reflection or glare from flash and the frames can obscure facial features, for applicants who wear glasses it's best to remove them to ensure that the photos obtained meet the required standards;

    • photos with dark, tinted or mirrored glasses are not accepted.


Lost, stolen or damaged passport:

If a passport is lost, damaged or stolen, you must report it immediately at your local police station and to the Embassy, where you can apply for a new passport.

The replacement passport is issued after cancellation of the lost, damaged or stolen one.

In addition to the documents listed above, please provide:

  1. Affidavit of lost issued by your local police station;

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