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 with the new one.

Return of Passports

Registered Mail: To arrange for the delivery of your passport you may enclose a pre-paid return envelope for registered mail which you must purchase from a local post office (see sample envelope from ELTA). The envelope may contain up to two passports i.e. your canceled and new passport.

Note:  An envelope with Greek stamps is not suitable for registered mail and cannot be used for the delivery of your passport.

Courier Service: Alternatively, if you prefer to have your passports returned by courier, please enclose a note to that effect, and 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.