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    I would have to travel about 120 baht in a cab but thanks for the feedback. 3 weeks hmmm....

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    If it was a few months ago from Thailand it would have been to Hong Kong.

    It's now to the UK......

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    Quote Originally Posted by angsta
    3 weeks hmmm....
    Yeah, but if I remember correctly the embassy guidelines say you should allow for six.

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    6 fucking weeks? Do they send it by ship? What a bunch of cunts.

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    I've never known them take anywhere near the times they advertise, it's just a warning to make people plan ahead.

    My boss was 4 and that included the holidays....

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    i only have 2 pages left on my u.k passport but doesn't expire till 2015. i will renew it in a few months but where do i actually send it now from Thailand?
    do i send it to HK, British embassy in Bangkok or fire it off to the UK?i read somewhere the rules have changed again,so would appreciate any updated info.....thanks

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    Liverpool ....Google it it's clear as day.

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    just follow the prompts at this page.



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

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    many thanks

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    Can I still change this?
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    Think they have knocked something like 45 quid off the price starting next month.

    Will look for a link and get back to you.

    --EDIT--

    Looks like they are knocking 35% off starting on 7th April.

    Here is a link from a Spanish forum that came up on Google, but the reduction apllies to all overseas applications.

    http://www.spainbuddy.com/passport-f...reduced-by-35/
    Last edited by Bogon; 18-03-2014 at 01:28 PM.
    Black diamonds? I shit 'em.

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    And the price has come down

    https://www.gov.uk/government/speech...izens-overseas

    Reduction in passport fees for UK citizens overseas

    This ministerial statement was laid in the House of Commons by James Brokenshire on 13 March 2014.
    Immigration and Security Minister (James Brokenshire): Her Majesty’s Passport Office is committed to delivering better value for money for our customers.

    In keeping with this commitment, I am pleased to announce that from 7 April the passport fee for customers applying for a UK passport overseas will be reduced by £45 for adults and £28.50 for children. The new fees are as follows: Adult 32 page passport £83.00 Child 32 page passport £53.00 Jumbo 48 page passport £91.00 (Child and Adult)

    This reduction comes as a result of efficiency savings made over the last 3 years by bringing back the processing and issuing of overseas passports to the UK, whilst maintaining the highest levels of security and customer service.

    This reduction follows the 2012 decrease in fee by £5 for all UK citizens applying within the UK.
    Big Ol' Lucky Ol' Al.

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    well there's 2 very nice links thanks very much both...

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    Interesting that at the time of the increase we were told it was because it was the new fangled biometric stuff that made passports more expensive.

    Now it's because they were not being processed in the UK.

    Is this possibly the first thing in the history of mankind that costs 45 quid more to get done in Hong Kong than in the UK?

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    Changes to British Passport Services in Thailand
    March 26, 2014
    By Richard Barrow



    Applying for a new British passport in Thailand has just got easier. Or at least for those of us who live near Bangkok. And from next month it will be 2,423 Baht cheaper. I just received three press releases from the British Embassy which explains some recent changes:

    Changes to British Passport Services in Thailand: From 26 March 2014, British nationals should submit their passport application, in person by appointment only, to the UK Visa Application Centre in Bangkok. The application will then be sent on to Her Majesty’s Passport Office in the UK for processing. All the information needed to complete the passport application process, including the address and contact details for the UK Visa Application Centre, is available on the GOV.UK website. Those who cannot find the information on the website can call the Passport Advice line on +44 300 222 0000 (operates from 8am-8pm UK time) or e-mail overseasNewportCCC@hmpo.gsi.gov.uk.

    The Visa Application Centre in Bangkok is moving at the end of this month. The press release for that is here. But it is still advisable to click on the link above to check latest details.

    From March 31, the UK visa application centre in Bangkok will relocate to bigger and better premises at:

    Trendy Office Building,
    28th Floor,
    Sukhumvit Road Soi 13,
    Klongtoey Nua, Wattana,
    Bangkok, 10110,
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    The final press release is the good news that the cost of renewing your British passport will go down in April.

    Reduction in passport fees for UK citizens overseas: From 7 April the passport fee for customers applying for a UK passport overseas will be reduced by £45 for adults and £28.50 for children. The new fees are as follows: Adult 32 page passport £83.00 Child 32 page passport £53.00 Jumbo 48 page passport £91.00 (Child and Adult). This reduction comes as a result of efficiency savings made over the last 3 years by bringing back the processing and issuing of overseas passports to the UK, whilst maintaining the highest levels of security and customer service.

    Changes to British Passport Services in Thailand | Richard Barrow in Thailand

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    I need to get mine renewed soon as it's full. I send an email to book an appointment and was told the earliest available appointment is on the 26th. That's just an appointment for the application.

    Can I not just cut out the middleman and post it myself?

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    A mate of mine has had tremendous problems getting a new passport for his son to enable them to take this years family holiday. Months and months.... eventually he got (ultimately) pissed off, called up an Ambassador he knows in another part of the world and lo and behold the Embassy here today call him and the UK people have called him.

    Suddenly things that couldn't be done regarding temporary travel documents can be done, rules that can't be broken are being broken.

    Twats!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonraker View Post
    I need to get mine renewed soon as it's full. I send an email to book an appointment and was told the earliest available appointment is on the 26th. That's just an appointment for the application.

    Can I not just cut out the middleman and post it myself?
    No you can't. If you could they wouldn't have set up a booking system in Bangkok and increased the lead time to approximately 8 weeks from 4 weeks. Cunts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by angsta View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Moonraker View Post
    I need to get mine renewed soon as it's full. I send an email to book an appointment and was told the earliest available appointment is on the 26th. That's just an appointment for the application.

    Can I not just cut out the middleman and post it myself?
    No you can't. If you could they wouldn't have set up a booking system in Bangkok and increased the lead time to approximately 8 weeks from 4 weeks. Cunts.
    Really?

    Cunts indeed.

    This could well cost me an overstay fine.

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    I have just been through the process in the UK and it took me 20 days via the Post Office door to door. I've heard it has been up to 8 weeks in Thailand since March.

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    My mate would have been happy with 8 weeks. His son's has been in since April.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonraker
    Really? Cunts indeed. This could well cost me an overstay fine.
    They are giving free one year extensions provided that you have 3 free pages left in your PP and it is due to expire within the next three months.

    I have 4 months left in mine but I wanted to get the extension so I called them and they were very nice and politely suggested that I just wait 2 or 3 weeks and call again. They said they would give the extension in cases like mine if I urgently needed it to travel to someplace that insists on 6 mths validity.

    I'm quite happy about getting a free one year extension - it's like getting a retroactive 10% discount on my 10 year passport! I'm sticking it to the man; the revolution starts with small steps comrades!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quimbian corholla View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Moonraker
    Really? Cunts indeed. This could well cost me an overstay fine.
    They are giving free one year extensions provided that you have 3 free pages left in your PP and it is due to expire within the next three months.

    I have 4 months left in mine but I wanted to get the extension so I called them and they were very nice and politely suggested that I just wait 2 or 3 weeks and call again. They said they would give the extension in cases like mine if I urgently needed it to travel to someplace that insists on 6 mths validity.

    I'm quite happy about getting a free one year extension - it's like getting a retroactive 10% discount on my 10 year passport! I'm sticking it to the man; the revolution starts with small steps comrades!
    Mine's full. I can't even do another run.....

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    I suppose the only safe way is to get a new passport well before the expiry date.

    Fuk waiting till the last minute.

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    The embassy used to be ok. The spastics that have been subbed in at The Trendy building on Soi 13 are a joke. 20 retards per 1 that knows what they're talking about.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bogon
    Think they have knocked something like 45 quid off the price starting next month.
    Indeed they have, but they've added 43 quid postage

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    Pronce. PH said so AGAIN!
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    Quote Originally Posted by terry57
    I suppose the only safe way is to get a new passport well before the expiry date. Fuk waiting till the last minute.
    The problem is not people waiting until the last minute, the govt introduced some god awful new system that meant people who were previously well within the safe period to get a new passport in time suddenly were now up shit creek.

    At this rate they may as well include an application form for your next passport when they issue a new one and have a section on birth certificates to fill out to get a passport when you come of age.

    Registering your child for kindergarten? Here's his passport application form to fill out at the same time just in case.

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