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- BIOMETRIC PASSPORTS – APPLICATION PROCESS
- BIOMETRIC PASSPORTS – IF OLD PASSPORT LOST/STOLEN
- EMERGENCY TRAVEL DOCUMENT

BIOMETRIC PASSPORTS – APPLICATION PROCESS

The biometric passport of the Republic of Serbia is the valid and official travel document of the Republic of Serbia. Passport applications need to be lodged in person at the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Sydney and for the ACT residents only at the Consular Section of the Embassy of the R. Serbia in Canberra. An appointment is required.

In relation to MINORS (children up to 18 years of age), application must be signed by both parents or legal guardians in front of a consular officer.  If both parents are unable to attend the Consulate, a consent letter should be provided by the other parent, signed and witnessed by an authorised Justice_of_the_Piece. If parents of a minor are divorced, the application is to be signed and lodged by the custodial parent.

Please provide the following documents at the time of interview:

  1. Original Birth Certificate from the Registry of Births of the Republic of Serbia - less than one (1) year old from the date of issue.
  2. Original Citizenship Certificate from the Registry of Citizens of the Republic of Serbia - less than one (1) year old from the date of issue.
  3. Valid or expired passport, if available.
  4. A document of identification with a photo, such as: Serbian ID Card, Australian/New Zealand passport or Australian/New Zealand driver licence.

In the case where the surname of an applicant has been changed, if the change has not been registered in the Registry of Births in Serbia, the name that is recorded on the Birth Certificate at the time of application, will be entered in the passport.

Passport application fee is AUD $ 102.00 and may be paid in cash, by bank cheque or money order, payable to the "Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia". Please note, the Consulate does not have credit/debit card payment facilities.

The passport application process consists of taking a digital photo, a signature and fingerprints from the applicant. The original documents are scanned and all collected data is sent to the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Belgrade for processing. It takes approximately 60 days before the biometric passport is received from Serbia.

Please note: if applying for a biometric passport in Serbia, the processing time is two (2) weeks.

When the new passport arrives from Serbia, the Consulate informs the applicant by phone in order to arrange a pick up. Passports can be collected by the applicant, by their authorised representative or sent to the applicant by mail.

Note: Original Birth and Citizenship Certificates can also be ordered through the Consulate General in Sydney (please refer to "Obtaining documents from Serbia")


  BIOMETRIC PASSPORTS – IF OLD PASSPORT LOST/STOLEN

If a valid passport of the Republic of Serbia is lost/stolen, the passport holder should immediately report it to the Consulate General in Sydney, by submitting the following documents:

Required documents:

  1. Proof from the Australian/New Zealand Police that the theft/loss of the passport has been reported;
  2. completed report form for the lost/stolen passport (MS Word or PDF )
  3. statement of loss of the passport  (Statement - MS Word or PDF )
  4. original document of identity (valid ID card or driver license issued in the Republic of Serbia);
  5. original citizenship certificate of the Republic Serbia, not be older than one year from the date of issue;
  6. original birth certificate issued by the Serbian Registry of Births, not be older than one year from the date of issue;
  • Passport cancellation fee: AU $37.00 paid either in cash at the Consulate or by Money Order or Bank Cheque, payable to the "Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia".
  • Publishing fee: publicly declaring a passport as invalid in the “Official Gazette of RS” in the amount of AUD 42.00 + bank transfer fees, see instructions_for_payment at the bank.

IMPORTANT:  Payment of EUR 28.00 may be paid in the Republic of Serbia in dinars, by another person on behalf of the person that has lost the passport, by deposit in the bank account of the: JP “Sluzbeni Glasnik” at  Intesa Bank's account number: 160-14944-58 (payment details: “oglasavanje putne isprave nevazecom (advertising of invalid passport)” and proof of payment must be submitted to the Consulate.

Upon receipt of the application with relevant documents the Consulate General will initiate the appropriate procedure to declare lost/stolen passport invalid.

The Consulate General will notify the applicant when they received the official confirmation that the passport is declared "invalid" and invite the applicant to make an appointment to apply for a new biometric passport. Please note that the appointment will only be booked after receiving the official confirmation from Police authorities in Serbia. 

EMERGENCY TRAVEL DOCUMENT

Emergency Travel Document is a document for travelling in one direction, which may be issued in exceptional circumstances if a person does not have a valid passport of the Republic of Serbia, subject to approval by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Serbia. The travel document is valid for travel within 60 days only.

In exceptional circumstances, the Consulate General is authorized to issue a Travel Document without the prior approval of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, if the identity and citizenship status of the applicant are indisputable, including:

A) If the Diplomatic/Consular Mission of the Republic of Serbia, where the application for a travel document is lodged, had previously issued the Passport of the FR Yugoslavia (on blue covers), or Passport of the Republic of Serbia to the Applicant.

B) If the Applicant presents the original extract of the Serbian Citizenship Certificate which is not be older than 6 months from the date of issue and a proof of his/her citizenship status (copy of the expired Passport of Federative Republic of Yugoslavia, or the biometric Passport of the Republic of Serbia, or the biometric Identity Card, etc.)

Application process - please provide the following:

  1. completed application form (PDF or MS Word), signed and witnessed by a Consular Officer. If applying by mail, the signature must be witnessed by an authorised Justice_of_the_Piece;
  2. 2 passport size photographs of the Applicant (3.5 x 4.5cm);
  3. the original Serbian Citizenship Certificate, not older than 6 months from the date of issue;
  4. copy of a document of identification with photograph (Driver’s license, Identity Card, Australian passport);
  5. police clearance from the Australian/New Zealand Federal Police, not older than one month from the date of issue;
  6. application fee of AUD$ 74.00 (AUD$82.00 for NZ), paid in cash at the Consulate, or if the application is sent by mail, money order or bank cheque payable to “The Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia”. 

EMERGENCY TRAVEL DOCUMENT FOR A NEWBORN CHILD

The Consulate General can issue an Emergency Travel Document for travel to Serbia for a newborn child.

Application process - please provide the following:

  1. Completed application form (PDF or MS Word), signed by the parents and witnessed by a Consular Officer. If applying by mail, the signature must be witnessed by the Justice of the Peace from the Consular list;
  2. Two passport size photographs of the child (3.5 x 4.5cm);
  3. Original birth certificate of the child - if born in Australia/NZ, stamped with an "APOSTILLE" seal and translated into Serbian language;
  4. Copies of valid Serbian Passports for both parents or Certificates of Serbian Citizenship, not older than 12 months from the date of issue;
  5. Both parents’ written consent for issuance of an emergency travel document;
  6. Application fee of $74.00 AUD ($82.00 AUD for NZ).

TRAVEL DOCUMENT FOR CITIZENS OF MONTENEGRO

For Citizens of the Republic of Montenegro who are travelling to Montenegro, the Serbian Consular/Diplomatic Mission has to obtain the approval of the relevant Montenegro authorities before a Travel Document can be issued. Application fee is AUD$ 148.00 (for NZ AUD$ 152.00) The proof of citizenship of the Republic of Montenegro must also be submitted with the application.