I’ll be travelling from Australia to Germany in February and my German passport expired in October 2022. I’m a German citizen and hold no other valid passport.

I called the German embassy and I’m definitely ok to enter Germany but I’m worried the airline (Qatar Airways) won’t let me on the plane. I rang them and they keep telling me I need to check with the German embassy.

Anyone got any experience or tips?

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    You are supposed to make a new passport in a German consulate of embassy near your residence. You can't travel with an expired passport.
    – André
    Jan 6 at 2:14
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    @André Traveling home to your country of citizenship is a special case, but it can still be tricky. Jan 6 at 4:40
  • For that you can use also a travel document or emergency passport. An expired passport is still useless for traveling.
    – André
    Jan 6 at 9:39
  • Do you have a currently valid German ID card? Jan 6 at 11:07

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Apply for a Provisional passport

This is non-biometric passport that can be issued directly by the consulate, but is not always accepted by all countries which require a biometric passport.

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    The OP still has a month plus, why not just get a regular passport? Jan 6 at 4:41
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    @lambshaanxy German biometric passports are only printed in the Bundesdruckerei in Berlin. Even when applying inside Germany it can take 4-6 weeks. Jan 6 at 4:50
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    I only have experience with French passports and Consulates, but applying overseas for a French passport is usually faster than back home. Last month I hot a new one in 10 days. The process is streamlined compared to home. Might be worth enquiring with the Consulate.
    – dda
    Jan 6 at 5:03
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    @dda The real question here is why the OP just didn't ask about this in the first place when calling the German embassy. They would have known how long it might take and had offered the provisional passport as an alternative. Jan 6 at 5:10
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    @André That is my point, the wrong question was being asked. Jan 6 at 9:55

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