Processing Times & Return of Passports

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  5. 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.

If you are also applying for a passport card, you should note that they take approximately 1 month to process.  If you would like the passport sent to you before the passport card, please enclose with your application two return pre-addressed delivery envelopes which include your name, local address and mobile or home/work phone number.

Return of Passports

For the return of the new passport, please include a plain self-addressed envelope 16 x 23 cm, with your name, local address and your mobile or home/work phone number.  We will send the new passport to you by courier payable by you, upon delivery.  The cost is 6.00 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 or envelopes with stamps from the Greek Post Office cannot be used for the return of your passport.

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 to apply in person using our online Passport Appointment System. You will be advised of your options on the day of the appointment.

If your passport has been lost or stolen and you have immediate travel plans, please call the Consular Section at 210 721 2951  or email us at AthensAmericanPassports@state.gov to make arrangements to apply for an emergency limited-validity passport. Further information is provided here.

If you do not have plans to travel, we highly encourage you to send your passport application by mail.