Processing Times & Return of Passports

Processing times for all services are approximate.  Times quoted should be used only as a guide.

Embassy Athens – U.S. passports are produced at facilities in the United States.  Processing time is approximately 3 weeks, but could take as long as one month. Your previous passport will be canceled and returned to you.

If you are also applying for a Passport Card, you should note that they take approximately 2 months to process.  If you would like the passport sent to you before the Passport Card, please prepare two return pre-addressed delivery envelopes which include your name, local address and mobile or home/work phone number, with your application.

Return of Passports

Your new passport will be returned to you by courier service. Please provide a plain 16 x 23 cm self-addressed envelope which includes you name, local address and your mobile or home/work phone number. The courier will be paid by you upon receipt of the passport. The cost is 5.00 Euros within the Attiki area and 8.00 Euros for the rest of Greece. For status updates on courier deliveries, please contact Courier Center at 210-751-2000 three business days following receipt of the e-mail notification that your passport is ready.

Note: Prepaid envelopes from other courier services will not be accepted.

Urgent Travel

If you are traveling within the above processing times and can provide proof of planned travel (issued flight ticket), please schedule an appointment using our online Passport Appointment System. You will be advised of your options on the day of the appointment.