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    If mum or dad are/were Irish, or you were born in Ireland, North or South, then maybe now's the time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry57 View Post
    I suppose the only safe way is to get a new passport well before the expiry date.

    Fuk waiting till the last minute.
    Last minute?

    I still have another 3 months extension available yet I still may not make it.

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    I've just discovered that your existing passport is cancelled as soon as the application is received in the UK. This will mean you cannot leave Thailand and cannot, presumably, get an extension.

    With a 10 week estimation in turnaround it means that many people are not likely to receive their passport back in time to avoid overstay which pisses all over the notion that they are at fault for 'leaving it to the last minute'.

    What a kerfuffle.

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    They may say it is cancelled when you submit the application but unless they endorse it accordingly or cut the corner off then you can continue to use it for as long as it remains unexpired. I doubt vey much the UK passport database will have been updated with the information a fresh passport application has been submitted and that your current document is no longer valid. Your current document is effective until the new one has been issued and even then no one would be the wiser if you continued to use the old one, unless you travelled back to to Europe when they may pick up on it after scanning the document.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegent View Post
    They may say it is cancelled when you submit the application but unless they endorse it accordingly or cut the corner off then you can continue to use it for as long as it remains unexpired.
    That was the case for me about 14 months ago but someone mentioned, possibly on this thread, that it had been changed recently.

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    Indeed that was my understanding too. I think they had to amend their previous procedure when the car accident that the new arrangements represent became apparent. Certainly, the cancellation and loss of one's current passport for nigh on 4 months while waiting for its replacement would pose a problem here in Thailand where it is a legal requirement to carry one's valid passport at all times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegent View Post
    Certainly, the cancellation and loss of one's current passport for nigh on 4 months while waiting for its replacement would pose a problem here in Thailand where it is a legal requirement to carry one's valid passport at all times.
    That's right.

    It's why with the previous (short lived) system, which involved those in Thailand making a postal application to Hong Kong, British passport holders residing in Thailand were not required to include their old passport in their application.

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    Payment details ????
    I have asked Bangkok HMPO 3 times about payment detail and they have now sent me this..." We very sorry please see on website www.gov.uk"


    I have a Bangkok Bank Card with a Visa symbol on it,can I pay with this or is there another option of payment for someone with no other type of card ???

    I'm still waiting for a reply from overseasnewportccc@hmpo.gsi.gov.uk....... does anyone here know ???
    Big Ol' Lucky Ol' Al.

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    Why don't you submit the application and use your Bangkok Bank Visa card. If it is rejected then you have your answer. If you have no other card then simply find someone you know who will pay for it with their British credit card. Hardly rocket science, is it?

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    I applied for a new UK Passport yesterday.
    All very simple if you have all your paperwork in order.
    I downloaded the Visa application forms from the the UK Gov site and had it all pre-filled .
    All you needs is All pages of your Passport photo copied in colour,2 Passport photo' and if using a Thai address you must have it Officially Translated ( I used my Yellow House-book but a Thai drivers license will also do )
    The Office at The Trendy Office Building in Soi 13 is well organized and all you have to do is report to the UK Passport Inquiries Desk which is in-front of the Tom N Tom's Coffee Shop 10 minutes before your appointment time and you will be handed a Pass to go up to the 28 floor for your appointment.


    One tip if traveling by train to Bangkok is to use the MRT Underground from Hua Lamphong to Sukhumvit ( only cost's 27 Baht ) and then its only a 5-10 minute walk to Soi 13 . From Hua Lamphong to Sukhumvit Soi 13...... no need to use the BTS line from Asok to Nana


    I was told my New Passport should be back in 6-8 weeks and I will be sent an email when it arrives.



    One last thing ...the do take a Bangkok Bank Ist Debit Visa Card

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    I wanted to wait on my one-year passport extension and apply to renew in the new year but I've run out of space so I had to apply earlier. You can appoint a proxy to apply for you but I went myself for peace of mind.

    As boloa notes above the Trendy office building is very well organised and efficient.

    Since I was flying up from Phiket to do it in person I made my appointment for 10:00 am in case of traffic delays etc but in the event I was there by 8:30, at the desk in front of the coffee place I presented my appointment email and asked if it would be possible to go in earlier and they said sure and sent me straight up.

    In the interview they checked my application form and the form for details of how you are paying. To pay it I am using a Kasikorn K-shopping Visa debit card and they were fine with that. There is a section on the payment form to put a "Valid From" date but the K-bank card doesn't have that and it was not an issue.

    I'd missed the bit about needing proof of address so I was sent downstairs to one of the many translation offices where they made a colour copy of my driving license (my work permit would have done as well) and translated it for 350 Baht, 10 minutes and straight back up into the interview room.

    Like boloa I was told 6-8 weeks and they have dropped the requirement that you collect in person so when it gets back I'll have somebody go and get it for me.
    Docs needed:
    Current passport
    Colour copy of every page
    2 photos (this is tricky as they are very particular about them, best to get them done at one of the places in the building as they know what the specs are or there are old style photo booths in the passport office itself)
    Payment form
    Application form
    Copy and translation of current Thai driving license.

    Cost £114.01 which includes the courier fee.

    One thing: If you do get the free one year extension in your passport the embassy will also give you a letter saying something like "The holder of this letter will be in possession of a British passport that has been extended for 12 months...". Make sure you take a copy of that letter everywhere you take your passport, it is not enough to show immigration the stamp from the embassy in the passport. They have no idea what it is and will gaze blankly before demanding to know where you got it and then calling a supervisor. This has happened to me twice at Phuket airport and once at Phuket immigration office in the town. Immigration officials in KL don't much like it either and also call a super before grudgingly letting you in (and back out) after a bit of chit-chat amongst themselves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quimbian corholla
    they have dropped the requirement that you collect in person so when it gets back I'll have somebody go and get it for me.
    Won't they EMS it to your abode?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic
    Won't they EMS it to your abode?
    Not currently. Even allowing you to have somebody collect it for you is quite new I think.

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    Does anyone know. I have 3 kids with UK passports. In the event of renewal do I have to take all the kids to Bkk, or can my wife or I go? Seems stupid to have to take them out of school when they play no part in the re-application.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    Does anyone know. I have 3 kids with UK passports. In the event of renewal do I have to take all the kids to Bkk, or can my wife or I go? Seems stupid to have to take them out of school when they play no part in the re-application.
    This is part of the email they send you when your passport is returned to Thailand ...


    I write to inform you that the Passport in the name of **** ****** ***** is now ready for collection from HMPO Bangkok Centre at Trendy Building, 28th Floor, Sukhumvit Soi13, Klongtoey-Nua, Bangkok 10110

    Please revert by e-mail (BangkokHMPO@vfshelpline.com) confirming the date/time when you’d be collecting the passport. Our office is open from Mon-Fri on all working days between 0900 and 1500 hours.

    Please bring:
    a. your copy of the receipt of documents submitted,
    b. a printed copy of this letter and your e-mail confirming date/time for collection
    and show it at the reception desk on the ground floor of Trendy Building, to be allowed entry into the Centre.

    Please note the following details:
    a. When collecting the passport you must bring your previous passport(s) with you for cancellation. If you do not do so, then per HMPO rules, the new passport cannot be handed over. If you have lost/misplaced your previous passport then you would need to complete a form that will be provided at our office and the new passport can then be provided to you.
    b. Please note that passports cannot be couriered. You may however arrange for a third party to collect your passport on your behalf. If a third party representative will be collecting the passport on your behalf, they will be required to bring the following with them:
    i. Your previous passport(s) (for cancellation)
    ii. Photo ID of the third party
    iii. An authority letter signed by you giving the third party authorisation from you, stating his/her name and that you are permitting him/her to collect the passport on your behalf.
    iv. If a third party representative is collecting a child's passport the letter of authority must be provided and signed by the person who has parental responsibility, and who signed the declaration when the application was made.
    c. Please note that your new/renewed passport will arrive separately from any original documents that will be returned to you by HMPO. This is per HMPO processes.




    Hope this helps

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    Yes it did Boloa. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic
    In the event of renewal do I have to take all the kids to Bkk, or can my wife or I go?
    If they insist then email them and ask if they really want to face the full brigade of Mr & Mrs Pragmatic and all the little Pragmatics, that should make them a bit more cooperative!

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    My guess is you will have your passport back within 3 weeks Boloa. It took mine 8 weeks after i applied in July. But that was when they were clearing the backlog after moving nearly all uk passport centres back to the uk.

    I say 3 weeks, because i have a friend who had his back in that time a few weeks back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quimbian corholla
    If they insist then email them and ask if they really want to face the full brigade of Mr & Mrs Pragmatic and all the little Pragmatics, that should make them a bit more cooperative!
    I've a mind to just let the missus and kids go whilst I remain at home in peace and quiet.

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    You have a better missus than mine then. I just know she,d fock something up.

    My daughters middle name should be May, somerhing got lost somewhere in translation and on her passport now is the name Tay...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    My guess is you will have your passport back within 3 weeks Boloa. It took mine 8 weeks after i applied in July. But that was when they were clearing the backlog after moving nearly all uk passport centres back to the uk.

    I say 3 weeks, because i have a friend who had his back in that time a few weeks back.
    I went in Mid July and my Passport arrived in Bangkok in early September ( so 6 weeks ). I left it with them ( in BKK, which they were more than happy to do )untill the end of November as I didn't want my old passport nullified by them cutting off the corners as I still had a 90 day report to do in the end of Septemeber and my yearly extention wasn't due untill mid December.The last thing I wanted was to lose 3 months of my yearly extention as now extentions can't be transfered into your new passport .....so timing of collection of your new Passport is important .

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    My application made on Dec 17th reached Liverpool on the morning of Fri 19th.

    The fee was taken from my Kasikorn account on Mon 22nd just after lunch UK time so they aren't dilly-dallying so far, based on that I am hoping Dillinger's estimate of the time to get the new one delivered is near the mark. Getting it back earlier than the projected 6-8 weeks would be great.

    For anybody interested £114.01 currently works out at ฿6,026 in UK passport office exchange rates (I don't know if there was a bank fee, probably there was), so almost 53 to the pound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quimbian corholla
    My application made on Dec 17th reached Liverpool on the morning of Fri 19th.
    I wouldnt even bother with their tracking service Quimb, The friend I told you about whose took 3 weeks, rang up the UK and all they would tell him was the guidelined 'at least 6 weeks', his passport arrived that same afternoon he called.

    it's a 3 step process, received, processing and sent out, although they dont bother with the latter, I received no email to say it was on its way. That was doing it online from Malaysia mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger
    I wouldnt even bother with their tracking service Quimb
    Is there a way to track the progress through the system once it arrives then? They didn't mention anything about that, just to call if I hadn't heard back after 8 weeks or something.

    I was just going by what the DHL website gave me on the package getting to Liverpool (and getting signed for by somebody call 'Moran' no less!), the application center gave me the DHL tracking code with the receipt for all my paperwork.

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    I see what you're saying now, from Malaysia it's done online and dhl'd back to you and you are given a reference number where you can see that useless 3 step passport office process I mentioned

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