Processing Times and Return of Documents

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 usually approximately 3 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.

If you are also applying for a Passport Card, you should note that they take approximately 3 months to process.  If you would like the passport sent to you before the Passport Card, please enclose two return delivery envelopes with your application.

If you are traveling within that time or your passport has been lost or stolen and you have immediate travel plans, please call the Consular Section at 210 720 2410 or email us at AthensAmericanPassports@state.gov to make arrangements to apply for an emergency limited-validity passport.    For more information on emergency passports click here.

Application requirements, including fees, for emergency passports are the same as those for full-validity passports.

For the delivery of your passport you must enclose a pre-paid return envelope for registered mail which you must purchase from a local post office (ELTA).  The envelope may contain up to two passports.  Alternatively, if you prefer to have your passport returned by courier, please enclose a note to that effect, and provide you mobile phone number.  The courier will be paid by you upon receipt of the passport.