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Emergency Passports
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July 27, 2022

Life-or-Death Emergencies

The expedited service for the issuance of a U.S. passport is a service offered only within the United States. The current processing time for the renewal of a U.S. passport via mail through the U.S. Embassy in Brussels is generally 5 weeks (five weeks).

You may qualify for a life-or-death emergency appointment if you need to travel to the USA in 3 business days because your immediate family member:

  • has died, or
  • is dying (hospice care), or
  • has a life-threatening illness or injury.

To qualify for life-or-death emergency service, your immediate family member must be a parent, legal guardian, child, spouse, sibling, or grandparent. We do not consider aunts, uncles, cousins, or other relatives to be immediate family members for the purposes of life-or-death emergency service.  To help us determine whether you meet the requirements for an expedited appointment outside of our regular appointment hours in the U.S. Embassy Brussels Belgium, please send your request for an emergency passport appointment to uscitizenbrussels@state.gov.

Your request must include proof of your emergency.   This can be proof of a life-or-death emergency in the United States, such as a death certificate, a statement from a mortuary, or a signed letter from a hospital or medical professional.  Other proof can be proof of other unexpected family circumstances such as proof of U.S. military service; an engagement/marriage invitation, proof of employment, proof of school attendance in the USA.  Documents must be in English.

If your emergency appointment is approved, you should bring the following documents:

  1. Either the DS-82 passport application form (if you still have an undamaged, full validity, 10 year passport issued within the last 15 years in your possession) OR a DS-11 passport application form (for all others) – see also our section on children’s passports for additional requirements for children;
  2. Your old passport, if you still have it;
  3. Obtain one color U.S. size passport photo 2”x2” (5 x 5 cm) taken within the past 6 months; no eyeglasses. View photo requirements.  Please note that there is a photobooth located in the Consular Section.
  4. The appropriate Passport Services fee must be paid in the Embassy.

Please note: an expired passport by itself is not considered an emergency, nor is running out of blank visa pages.  It is best to renew a passport eight (8) months before it expires or when you have less than three (3) blank pages left and to not make any travel plans or book tickets until all travelers hold a valid passport.