U.S. citizens of Northern Greece can make appointments in Thessaloniki and Kastoria with a Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy the week starting Monday, March 20.
The consular services to be provided are the following: accepting passport applications for persons NOT eligible for mail-in passport renewal and registering birth abroad to U.S. citizen parent(s). These services are available by appointment only. A limited number of appointments will be offered to individuals who submit complete requests by e-mail as outlined below.
The specific dates and times in each location are yet to be determined.
In-Person Passport Application
Passport appointments will be available for individuals who must apply in person (i.e., minors, those applying for the first time as an adult, those whose passports expired more than five years ago). Individuals who are eligible for mail-in application services will NOT be offered appointments and should use the mail-in passport renewal program.
To request an in-person passport appointment, send the following documents to AthensAmericanPassports@state.gov:
- DS-11 Form, Filled Out Electronically
- Scanned copy of U.S. Passport
Forms and instructions for passport application for adults and minors may be obtained at https://gr.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/passports/.
The applicant (and both parents, if a minor) must appear in person on the day of the appointment. On the day of the appointment, you must bring all of the required documents listed on the above website (passports, IDs, birth certificates), as well as a photocopy of each document. You must also bring payment, as described below.
Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA)
CRBA appointments will be available to document U.S. citizenship of a child born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent or parents. Information on claiming U.S. citizenship may be obtained at https://gr.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/child-family-matters/birth/.
To request a CRBA appointment, complete application forms DS-11 and DS-2029 (electronically) and gather all supporting documents as listed on the CRBA checklist (96KB). Send a scanned copy of the package (all documents) to AthensCRBA@state.gov. Once received, documents will be reviewed and you will be contacted by email to schedule an appointment for an interview with the Consular Officer in Kastoria or Thessaloniki. The presence of the parents and the child/children is required on the day of the appointment. On the day of the appointment, you must bring originals as well as photocopies of all documents on the CRBA checklist. You must also bring payment, as described below.
Please ensure all foreign-language (non-Greek) documents are accompanied by an official English translation.
Payment for Services performed in Thessaloniki and Kastoria: Please note that fees for passport and citizenship services may be paid only by a bank check in euros made payable to the “U.S. Embassy Athens”. Bank checks may be obtained from the following banks: National Bank, Bank of Piraeus, Alpha Bank, Attica Bank, Citibank, HSBC, and Eurobank. Personal checks and cash are not accepted. If you submit more than one application, one bank check may include the total amount. Please review the current fees for consular services at https://gr.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/passports/fees.
Passport/CRBA applicants can expect to receive their passports approximately four to six weeks after submission of a completed application.
Notarial Services: Notarial services are regularly available in Thessaloniki by appointment. To find out additional information regarding our regular service in Thessaloniki and to make appointments access: https://gr.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulate/thessaloniki/u-s-citizenship-services/
Federal Benefits Unit: Representatives of the Federal Benefits Unit in Athens will not be visiting during these dates. To contact the Social Security Office, please send an email via the FBU inquiry form at https://gr.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/social%20-security/fbu-inquiry-form/.