I'm a holder of EU Blue Card issued in Germany, my passport expired and couldn't renew it due to embassy closure because of COVID. I need to travel to Prague, Czech Republic to renew the passport. Is it possible to use the expired passport along with the blue card as a proof of identity if needed?
From the information you've given, it seems you don't have much choice. Because of the reason for your late application, you're extremely unlikely to get into any trouble even if you might strictly speaking be violating some requirement or other. If you have any e-mail messages or other evidence showing that passport services were or are unavailable, you might bring that along just to be on the safe side, but it probably won't be necessary.
No, for crossing an internal Schengen border a valid travel document is required. Neither an expired passport or residence permit fullfills this condition.
Only under exceptional circumstances will a country issue a passport to a 3rd country national.
In Germany, to my knowledge, the exceptions are still in place that expired visas, residence permits and passports are automatically renewed during the present pandemic.
I would therefore advice you to get a letter from your embassy that states:
- that the issuing in Germany is not possible
- personal presence in the Czech Republic is required
- applications are presently are not being accepted
Such a letter should to be addressed to the responsible Immigration office in Germany.
Based on such a letter a travel document for foreign nationals would probably be issued. Togeather with the residence permit card, it would be valid to enter the Czech Republic and to return back to Germany.
Normally, such an application should be made before the present passport expires.
- Travel document - Reissue - Services - Dienstleistungen - Service Berlin - Berlin.de
- Regulation (EU) 2016/399 - Schengen Border Code