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    British Passport renewal.

    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.

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    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.
    Its all cahnges yet again was HK now UK there's detailed info on the dull channel or here

    www.fco.gov.uk

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    as david said, and now they have reduced the cost for applying overseas

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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
    Only if you live in bkk, if hundreds of miles away you have to go to bkk twice. Once to apply in person, then again to pick up as they will not post. Works out a lot more, then there is the processing fee at wendy house, what's that? Also you insanely have to copy all the passport pages, even blank ones in colour.

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    ok thanks for that as i have to do mine soon. wendy house??

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    I have a British passport question....

    If my passport has a few years left on it and I am running out of pages, can I get a new passport sent, while holding on to this one ?

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    you can actually have two passports, a couple of mates of mine who travel a lot use that option as one can be stuck in some country's visa mill, when they're required to travel elsewhere, not sure if you can organise that overseas or need to be in UK.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger
    If my passport has a few years left on it and I am running out of pages, can I get a new passport sent, while holding on to this one ?
    My understanding of the situation at the moment:

    When you submit your application for a new passport your old one is effectively cancelled (meaning you should not risk trying to use it to travel) but in TH they let you hang on to it intact until you go to collect your new one at which time they chop the corners off the old one and/or stamp it cancelled.

    Also, it seems that the new system whereby they dropped the price but made it a requirement that one has to appear in person TWICE at some out-sourced agency in BKK is ridiculous. If it is a simple passport renewal why on earth can it not be done on-line or something or at least by post? This is the year 2014 ffs.

    HMG has got a gargantuan chunk of prime land in the middle of BKK (about 10 rai IIRC) and they can't even handle passport renewals or visa applications on site?

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    I am confused....thought you just photocopied the entire passport and send it off with the required cash?

    - thats what I did last time, only thing I thought had changed was that I sent to HK, and now its direct to UK?

    No visit etc - are people getting confused between a passport application and a visa application?????

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    Quote Originally Posted by xanax
    Only if you live in bkk, if hundreds of miles away you have to go to bkk twice. Once to apply in person, then again to pick up as they will not post.
    Any link to that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg
    I am confused....thought you just photocopied the entire passport and send it off with the required cash?
    The whole system got revamped a few weeks ago.

    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg
    No visit etc - are people getting confused between a passport application and a visa application?????
    No, now you must apply in person at an office called the "UK Visa Application Centre" for passport renewals and return in person to collect it when ready.

    It's all on the embassy website:

    Making your application

    You must apply in person. You must bring photo ID with you.
    Bring original supporting documents and a 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.

    Start HERE, answer three questions and you'll get to the page with the relevant info.

    Edit, forgot this bit:

    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


    (bold by me)

    Would be fun to see what happened if they decided that somebody living in Land's End had to go to John o'Groats twice to get a passport...
    Last edited by slackula; 21-05-2014 at 05:02 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic
    Any link to that?
    I found it thanks.
    Making your application

    You must apply in person. You must bring photo ID with you.
    Bring original supporting documents and a 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,
    28th Floor,
    Sukhumvit Soi13,
    Klongtoey-Nua,
    Wattana,
    Bangkok
    10110,
    Thailand



    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.
    https://www.gov.uk/overseas-passport...wing_new/adult

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    Great link QC, cheers, have a green

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    great help all thanks.

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    ^ Sorry QC but can't green you yet, but thanks, a great help

    [rant mode]

    Farking hell, that is the third time that have changed the proceedure within the last 12 months. Whata a bunch of !@###$%%^^&&s"]!###$%%^^&&s.
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    you have to get an appointment by email but when you turn up still have to get in line with a ticket. Some say it takes weeks to get the PP

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    Quote Originally Posted by quimbian corholla
    Would be fun to see what happened if they decided that somebody living in Land's End had to go to John o'Groats twice to get a passport...
    Only in Thailand. It's a simple process from Malaysia, you dont have to leave your house... apart from posting your declaration

    Look at the difference here......

    Applying from Thailand...................

    Making your application

    You must apply in person. You must bring photo ID with you.
    Bring original supporting documents and a 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,
    28th Floor,
    Sukhumvit Soi13,
    Klongtoey-Nua,
    Wattana,
    Bangkok
    10110,
    Thailand



    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.
    Applying from Malaysia....................


    How to apply

    You must apply and pay for your passport online.
    Before you start you need:
    • your current passport
    • 2 identical new photos of you (or your child, if it’s a child passport application)
    • any other current passports issued by other countries
    • a MasterCard, Visa, Visa Electron, Visa Debit or Maestro (UK Domestic) card - Maestro (International) cards aren’t accepted
    Read the guidance notes to help you fill in your online application. Check which supporting documents you must send with your application. Any documents that aren’t in English (including documents showing an address) must be translated by a professional translator.
    You will need to print, sign and post your declaration form at the end.
    Start your application on Her Majesty’s Passport Office website
    Getting your passport

    Your passport and supporting documents will be delivered separately by courier.

    You also get fukked over in Thailand with the price and you have to pick it up......


    Thailand................

    Cost
    You’ll have to pay a fee for your passport and a courier fee of £23.01. The courier fee pays for your passport to be sent securely to the UK Visa Application Centre where you applied for you to collect.
    Passport type
    Passport fee
    Total to pay (including courier fee)
    Adult standard 32-page passport
    £83.00
    £106.01
    Adult jumbo 48-page passport
    £91.00
    £114.01
    Malaysia................

    Cost
    You’ll have to pay a fee for your passport and a courier fee of £19.86. The courier fee pays for your passport and supporting documents to be sent back to you securely.
    Passport type
    Passport fee
    Total to pay (including courier fee)
    Adult standard 32-page passport
    £83.00
    £102.86
    Adult jumbo 48-page passport
    £91.00
    £110.86




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    Maybe it's to do with that missing Malaysian plane.

    The irony eh ?


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    Even the Thais have a better system for passports, turn up to apply and it's posted in a week, 20 quid for 5 years. Why on earth do they need all the old pages copied and in colour?

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    FYI
    The Trendy Building in Suk soi 13 is about 200 up and nearby is a family mart and seedy Indian style cafes

    It is an easy stroll from NANA BTS

    Exit .Take the outbound exit eastbound ie direction Asoke
    At the bottom of steps turn left into SOI 11

    Walk about 100 on left is Cheap Charlies
    On right here is a bank and a very good Supermarket
    If you take the alley to your right full of B Desh eateries it is a short cut to TRENDY and Soi 11 basically backside of theHuge Ambassador Hotel a big mid range joint known to all taxis.In this area many facilities inc copy shop

    Googel map link.

    https://www.google.co.uk/maps/previe...d=0CMUBEPwSMA8

    In rush hour quicker than road.There's some very rough trade in tha alley.

    In addition if you walk North up 13 past Citrus take left and right into 15 there is a Tha on San Saeb canal where a quiet quick ferry to Pratunam runs in daylight, anice calm trip,pay on board about 13 baht,As you have to climb over the gunwhaels not suitable for disabled or with big luggage
    Dumpy Trump and Rumpy Pumpy, sic transit pax americana

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    Sorry re-reading ferry directions

    From ferry turn left then right into 13 theres a pig pizzeria with a car park among the high rises.On the corner of the13 is a French Hotel chain Ibis and Radisson suites very good value under $100 but that mid dsitance for me where hardly need a cab but 300-400 m walk to Suk in the humidity means swettybetty.Lot of good upscale food winebars and German brewery up soi 11 bed supper etc a few mock Oz Irish pubs with mock poms and Ozzies

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    Quote Originally Posted by quimbian corholla View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg
    I am confused....thought you just photocopied the entire passport and send it off with the required cash?
    The whole system got revamped a few weeks ago.

    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg
    No visit etc - are people getting confused between a passport application and a visa application?????
    No, now you must apply in person at an office called the "UK Visa Application Centre" for passport renewals and return in person to collect it when ready.

    It's all on the embassy website:

    Making your application

    You must apply in person. You must bring photo ID with you.
    Bring original supporting documents and a 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 canít travel with it after youíve applied for a new one - but you will be able to keep your existing passport for ID purposes.
    Youíll 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.

    Start HERE, answer three questions and you'll get to the page with the relevant info.

    Edit, forgot this bit:

    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


    (bold by me)

    Would be fun to see what happened if they decided that somebody living in Land's End had to go to John o'Groats twice to get a passport...
    Thanks, very informative. Mine is due for renewal April 2015

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger
    It's a simple process from Malaysia, you dont have to leave your house... apart from posting your declaration
    I wonder what is to stop somebody using the Malaysia application system and then having a friend receive and forward it to Thailand?

    The website only says:
    Which country should I select?You should select the country that you are currently living in.
    If you are working or travelling in another country on a short term basis and want your passport delivered there, then you should select that country, even if you consider your permanent country of residence to be the UK.


    Interesting. Nothing about any requirement to be in Malaysia for any length of time or anything and since "short term basis" could mean anything then it would seem that you'd be OK to use the Malaysian system and avoid all the farting about of going to BKK during a coup and under martial law.


    Also, reading through the help sections it seems you could put a Thai address or even a PO box as alternate delivery address and have it sent there!



    I will have to renew mine in the next couple of months and if I could avoid the hassle of going to BKK I would.

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    Just noticed an article in Yahoo UK that we have got to travel back to the UK. IT states problems for expats abroad. Some have had to wait 15weeks for a renewal

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    Quote Originally Posted by expattaffy View Post
    Just noticed an article in Yahoo UK that we have got to travel back to the UK.
    Sounds unrealistically strange. Got a link for that?

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