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    Quote Originally Posted by quimbian corholla
    I wonder what is to stop somebody using the Malaysia application system and then having a friend receive and forward it to Thailand?
    Giving your passport away to some agent, yeah. A very good idea. Not.

    Applies to every border everywhere.

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    Daily mail reports that over 200,000 non Uk nationals have been given British passports over the last 18 months. Maybe that is the real reason for the backlog?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breny View Post
    Daily mail reports that over 200,000 non Uk nationals have been given British passports over the last 18 months. Maybe that is the real reason for the backlog?
    More likely the move from a functioning system to a system which demanded all passports to be sent to a UK based, contracted out organisation, who misjudged the price point to win the contract, paid out the necesssary "administration fee" to the local politicians and is now not being protected by a different politician who missed the "fee" distribution.

    But of course they are following the standard western method of doing business.
    A tray full of GOLD is not worth a moment in time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh
    More likely the move from a functioning system to a system which demanded all passports to be sent to a UK based, contracted out organisation
    No that makes far too much sense.

    It must be because of the Romanians. It said so in The Daily Mail

    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh
    who misjudged the price point to win the contract
    I did mention at the time that this must be the first time in recorded history that an administrative task costs 30 quid less to perform in the UK than in Hong Kong.

    Don't feel so bad about paying 30 quid more last year now. At least I got a passport.

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    I don't suppose it would occur to these administrative super-stars to just delegate the renewal of passports back to the various embassies that processed these highly complex transactions in the first place?......I'm sure the Bangkok embassy (WTF does it do anyway?) could muster up a bit of extra help at a reasonable rate to help overcome this logjam, at least as far as expats in Thailand are concerned....
    I blame the Americans......and Thaksin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by koman
    the Bangkok embassy (WTF does it do anyway?)
    To me that's the basis of this subcontracting.

    Actually processing passports was starting to look like too much of an actual reason for existing.

    How they must have yearned for the old days when the most pressing task of the day was how long to delay the first planters punch at the oriental.

    The queues of yobs in their beer chang singlets have now disappeared into thin air and life as Anthony Bufton-Tufton (CBE) yearned for it has now mercifully recommenced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barrylad66 View Post
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    ok thanks for that as i have to do mine soon. wendy house??
    After maling an appointment online I went down to Bangkok on the 27th October.Not much problem, the passport photos I had were not acceptable, had to do new ones in the room there. The only other drawback was for payment , instead of them swiping your card there you fill in the payment section and add your card details. I then got an email from the UK stating my card didnt work in the UK. A mate of mine paid it for me, 106 pounds. I had a phone call and an email last thursday to tell me my passport had arrived. So it only took 16 days

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    why were your pics not right, is it a scam to get you to have them done by them

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    Quote Originally Posted by barrylad66 View Post
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    as david said, and now they have reduced the cost for applying overseas

    Processing time 6 to 12 weeks(!)


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    Why don't you just look at how to apply for a renewal from overseas at the FCO Website?

    https://www.gov.uk/overseas-passports

    Making your application
    You must apply in person. If you’re unable to, someone else can go on your behalf. You must bring photo ID with you.

    Bring original supporting documents and a colour photocopy of each one. The original documents will be returned to you.

    You must also bring your current passport with you when you apply, and a full colour photocopy of the entire passport (every page including blank pages).

    You can’t travel with it after you’ve applied for a new one - but you will be able to keep your existing passport for ID purposes.

    You’ll need to book an appointment by email. Include your first name and last name and 3 alternative dates and times. You will receive an email confirming your appointment.

    UK Visa Application Centre
    The Trendy Office Building,
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    Klongtoey-Nua,
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    Bangkok
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    Email: BangkokHMPO@vfshelpline.com

    Getting your passport
    Your passport will be delivered to the UK Visa Application Centre where you applied - you must collect it in person.

    They will contact you - using the details on your application form - when your passport is ready to collect.

    You must bring your existing passport as photo ID.

    Contact the Passport Adviceline

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    passport

    Quote Originally Posted by expattaffy View Post
    OK there used to be a thread about travelling to Malaysia for passport renewals, cant find it now. Antone done this trip lately and provide some info please. What was you route, where did you stay, how long did it take etc etc and how much did it cost. Thanks.
    i just sent mine off as my passport was full, sent on the 14th nov just been told by UK passport office(via Email) passport sent back on the 21st nov allow 7 to ten days for courier to deliver to bkk. not bad hey

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave42 View Post
    why were your pics not right, is it a scam to get you to have them done by them
    No, passport photos have to fit withing the stated parameters, this is because of photo recognition technology .
    Your face has to be between something like, 27-32 millimeters long , no facial expression, must have a white background and a few others rules . Non compliance will lead to a rejected application

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    I picked up my new passport on Monday the 24th,I arrived at 8.30 and was out by 8.45. Also my new passport arrived in August, they held onto my passport for me as I didn't want to pick it up until after I had done my last 90 day report in September or until my visa extension needed renewing ( renewed it on Tuesday )
    Lots of people tend to whinger about the service but I have found them OK and always willing to be helpful
    Big Ol' Lucky Ol' Al.

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    I got my new passport back in 16 days!

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    19 days for me, very efficient service apart from two visits to Bangers. Staff at Trendy excellent.
    If you like Indian food, turn right out of the building there is a Punjabi restaurant. Their 200 baht set menu is delicious.

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