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Danish Passports After 1 January 2012

From 1 January 2012, applicants must contact the Embassy in Islamabad to have a passport issued. Furthermore, from 1 January 2012 Danish passports must contain digital photos, fingerprints and signatures. In this way the security against forgery and misuse of passports is strengthened considerably. Passports issued until 1 January 2012 already hold a digital photo of the holder.

Your Present Passport is Still Valid Until the Date of Expiry

The decision to introduce fingerprints in passports has been made at central level in the EU as part of the combat against terrorism, human trade, human trafficking, illegal immigration and other transnational crime. With the new biometric passport, Danish citizens are secured the possibility to travel to countries which in the future will demand this type of passport for entry. Furthermore, with the new passport applicants are in the best way possible protected against someone stealing their identity and against forgery of the passport.

In order to issue the new passport, installation of special equipment for taking photos and recording fingerprints and signature is necessary. The applications must be handed to and handled by specially authorized staff, who will have access to certain data in the central citizens registry (CPR-registret). As a consequence, from 1 January 2012 it will only be possible to apply for a passport in Pakistan by personal appearance at the Embassy in Islamabad. The Danish Honorary Consulates in Karachi will from 1 January 2012 no longer receive passport applications. Similar rules are already applicable for citizens of other EU countries residing outside their home country. They must also travel to their nearest Embassy or to their home country in order to apply for a new passport.

What Can be Handled by the Consulates from 1 January 2012?

After 1 January 2012 the Consulates can still extend the validity of passports and issue emergency passports. A condition for extension of an expired passport is that it expired no longer than two years ago. A passport can only be extended once and for a maximum of 12 months. We recommend that applicants make sure that the authorities of the country or countries the applicant plans to travel to recognizes extended passports. For instance, it is not possible to travel without a visa to the USA on an extended passport.
An emergency passport is issued with validity limited to the period required for the duration of the journey and rules of the countries to be travelled through, and for a maximum of 12 months. An emergency passport must be rendered to the Police or to a Danish Mission abroad after use. Travelling with an emergency passport may cause problems with other countries’ border controls. Therefore, we recommend that applicants make sure that the authorities of the country or countries they plan to travel to recognize emergency passports.

Can I Get a New Passport During my Holiday in Denmark?

Yes. It is possible and cheaper to have a passport issued by a municipality (kommune) in Denmark. All Danish citizens can apply for a passport at the Civil Service Center (Borgerservicecenter) in any municipality. It is not necessary for an applicant to reside in or in other way be attached to the municipality. The applicant can find addresses of Civil Service Centres at The applicant may wish to call beforehand for information on opening hours, booking of appointment, and so on, and to inform the Civil Service Center that he/she resides abroad.

Can my Child be Included in my Passport?

No. Since 1 October 2004 children including newly borns and children without names must have their own passport. A Consulate may issue a temporary (emergency) passport if an applicant is in urgent need of a passport. See above on emergency passports.

Must Children Also Have their Fingerprints Registered?

No. Fingerprints are not collected from children below 12 years of age, but they still have to appear in person in order to apply for a passport. From 1 January 2012 application for passports for children can only be handed in at the Embassy.

Must I Also go to the Embassy to Collect my New Passport?

Yes, an applicant must personally collect his/her passport. Passports may only be picked up at the Embassy by prior arrangement preferably by e-mail. When collecting the new passport the applicant must carry the old passport for cancellation. Also receipt for payment of application fee must be presented. If the passport is not collected by the candidate him/herself, the courier should present a mandate from the applicant. The passport of a person under 18 years may be handed to his/her parents or guardians without a written mandate.