Passports

Welcome to the Passport & Citizenship Unit of the U.S. Embassy Athens. We are open to the public by pre-arranged appointment only – see instructions below. The Unit is closed to the public on the last Wednesday of each month and on U.S. and Greek Holidays.

Under U.S. law, U.S. citizens must be in possession of a valid U.S. passport to enter or leave the United States. This is mandatory even if you hold a passport from another country.

Many countries have passport validity requirements. Before traveling we recommend you visit the Department of State website to ensure that your passport is valid for travel to all counties you will visit or transit.

Apply by mail

For your convenience, we encourage you to apply for passport renewal by mail from the comfort of your home, avoiding disruptions in public transportation due to strikes, heavy traffic jams, unfavorable weather conditions, and waiting in security lines. You are eligible if you answer “YES” to ALL of the below:

  • Already have a passport that is not damaged
  • Passport is/was valid for 10 years
  • Passport expired within the last 5 years
  • You were over age 16 when your last passport was issued; and
  • You continue to use the same name as in your last passport or you can legally document your name change

Processing time and delivery

U.S. passports are produced at facilities in the United States. Processing time is approximately three weeks, can take as long as one month.  Your previous passport will be canceled and returned to you with the new one by courier. Courier service is payable upon delivery.

Complete the Passport Application electronically

Please complete the forms online in English using the Passport Wizard – Online Form Filler, print and bring the completed forms with you on the day of your appointment. This will speed up the process and minimize wait time at the Embassy. Incomplete applications will delay passport processing.

Make an Appointment on-line to apply in person

Walk-in passport services are available by online appointment only. If you need to apply in person book your appointment here: Passport Appointment System. One appointment is required per person. We encourage you to arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment.

Select the Service You Require

Choose the service you require from the options below, in order to obtain information on the required supporting documents and arrive at your appointment prepared with the required documents.

Generally, immediate family members may accompany passport or CRBA applicants to their appointment interviews at a U.S. embassy or consulate, and all minor children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Passport or CRBA applicants also have the option of being accompanied by an attorney at their appointment interview.  Attendance by any third party, including an attorney, accompanying an applicant is subject to the following parameters designed to ensure an orderly appointment interview process and to maintain the integrity of the adjudication of the application(s):

o   Given space limitations in the consular section, not more than one attendee at a time will be allowed to accompany an applicant (or the applicant’s parent or guardian if the applicant is a minor).

o   Attendance by an attorney does not excuse the applicant and/or the minor applicant’s parent or guardian from attending the appointment interview in person.

o   The manner in which a passport or CRBA appointment interview is conducted, and the scope and nature of the inquiry, shall at all times be at the discretion of the consular officer, following applicable Departmental guidance.

o   It is expected that attorneys will provide their clients with relevant legal advice prior to, rather than at, the appointment interview, and will advise their clients prior to the appointment interview that the client will participate in the appointment interview with minimal assistance.

o   Attorneys may not engage in any form of legal argumentation during the appointment interview and before the consular officer.

o   Attendees other than a parent or guardian accompanying a minor child may not answer a consular officer’s question on behalf or in lieu of an applicant, nor may they summarize, correct, or attempt to clarify an applicant’s response, or interrupt or interfere with an applicant’s responses to a consular officer’s questions.

o   To the extent that an applicant does not understand a question, s/he should seek clarification from the consular officer directly.

o   The consular officer has sole discretion to determine the appropriate language(s) for communication with the applicant, based on the facility of both officer and applicant and the manner and form that best facilitate communication between the consular officer and the applicant.  Attendees may not demand that communications take place in a particular language solely for the benefit of the attendee.  Nor may attendees object to or insist on the participation of an interpreter in the appointment interview, to the qualifications of any interpreter, or to the manner or substance of any translation.

o   No attendee may coach or instruct applicants as to how to answer a consular officer’s question.

o   Attendees may not object to a consular officer’s question on any ground (including that the attendee regards the question to be inappropriate, irrelevant, or adversarial), or instruct the applicant not to answer a consular officer’s question.  Attendees may not interfere in any manner with the consular officer’s ability to conduct all inquiries and fact-finding necessary to exercise his or her responsibilities to adjudicate the application.

o   During a passport or CRBA appointment interview, attendees may not discuss or inquire about other applications.

o   Attendees may take written notes, but may not otherwise record the appointment interviews.

o   Attendees may not engage in any other conduct that materially disrupts the appointment interview.  For example, they may not yell at or otherwise attempt to intimidate or abuse a consular officer or staff, and they may not engage in any conduct that threatens U.S. national security or the security of the embassy or its personnel.  Attendees must follow all security policies of the Department of State and the U.S. embassy or consulate where the appointment interview takes place.

Attendees may not engage in any conduct that violates this policy and/or otherwise materially disrupts the appointment interview.  Failure to observe these parameters will result in a warning to the attendee and, if ignored, the attendee may be asked to leave the appointment interview and/or the premises, as appropriate.  It would then be the applicant’s choice whether to continue the appointment interview without the attendee present, subject to the consular officer’s discretion to terminate the appointment interview.  The safety and privacy of all applicants awaiting consular services, as well as of consular and embassy personnel, is of paramount consideration.