Translations for State Department Emergency Passports

Ian Hawes

Ian Hawes

January 11th, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the normal operating procedures of just about every business and government agency. As the agency responsible for issuing passports, the Department of State has an essential duty to help facilitate the international travel of its citizens.

To prioritize those that require assistance first, the Department of State has set forth guidelines for what it considers "Life-or-Death Emergencies", which include serious illness, injury, or death to an immediate family member. An immediate family member can include a parent, legal guardian, child, spouse, sibling, or grandparent.

In order to verify the emergency, the Department of State requires proof in the form of any of the following:

  • Death Certificate
  • Statement from a mortuary
  • Signed letter from a hospital or a medical professional

This is not an exhaustive list and the Department of State may consider other forms of verification for emergency issuance.

Most importantly, the documents that are provided as proof must be issued in English or translated into English. Due to the nature of some documents (such as death certificates), those documents are only issued in the official language of the country that issued them.

ImmiTranslate can assist with clients in urgent need of translation services for their proof-of-emergency documents. Our translation specialties include death certificate translations, as well as statements or letters from medical or governmental officials. We also offer urgent turnarounds through our Expedited translation service. Clients requiring a passport are able to rely on our fast service that is accepted by the Department of State.


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