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Passports and identity cards

Italian citizens may apply for a passport to be issued at any issuing office, either in Italy or abroad. As a general rule, the application for the issue of a passport must be submitted to the Office that is territorially competent according to the applicant’s residence, in Italy or abroad. In particular cases, the passport may be issued by an Office other than the Office of residence; in such cases it will be necessary to obtain prior authorisation from the Office (Questura or Consulate) competent by residence.
Therefore, in the event that the application is presented at a consular district in which you are not resident, you should bear in mind that the necessary authorisation from the competent Questura/Consulate could extend the time required for issuance of the passport.

The Consular Office of the Italian Embassy in Asmara issues passports by appointment from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Requests for appointments must be made by contacting our switchboard at the following numbers: +291 1 120160 / 120213.

COST OF ISSUANCE OF PASSPORT – With Decree-Law No. 66 of 24 April 2014, converted, with amendments, by Law No. 89 of 23 June 2014, a change was made regarding the cost of issuing a passport. Article 5-bis, paragraph 1 of the Decree-Law establishes the abolition of the issuance fee for all passports as of 8 July 2014. The same decree introduced an administrative fee of €73.50 for the issuance of an ordinary passport only, in addition to the cost of the passport booklet (amounting to €42.50). The total amount must be paid in cash in the corresponding value in NAKFA at the exchange rate set quarterly.



Notice is hereby given to Italian citizens, parents of minor children, that as from 14 June 2023 it will no longer be necessary to present the other parent’s consent for the issuance of their identity document (passport and CIE), pursuant to Decree-Law 69/2023.

More specifically, the amended Article 3-bis of Law no. 1185/1967 indicates that, when there is a concrete and current danger that the other parent may evade the fulfilment of his obligations towards their children, it will be possible for the other parent to apply for an injunction against the issue of the document. The application may be filed with the competent judge at the ordinary court where the child has his or her habitual residence or, if the child is resident abroad, the court in whose district his or her AIRE registration district is located.

For the purposes of issuing documents for minors, on the other hand, the signed consent by both parents or those exercising parental responsibility is still required.


Identity cards

The Italian Embassy in Asmara is not authorised to issue identity cards.