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    The Aussie High Comm, Kuala Lumpur . . . not what you think

    As mentioned in another thread, I had to renew my Aussie passport because it was full and I need a new one for my travels . . .

    RM1200 and three weeks . . . really? Roughly 8600 baht . . .

    Anyway, my last passport application was sent to Canberra and they rejected the photo, so it too another two weeks . . . sigh.

    This time I came armed with two sets of photos. Luckily the passports are now kept in Kuala Lumpur so - they rejected both sets - took a photo themselves.

    Now, that is good. And it was foc.

    Not only that, but the lady and man (both Malaysian Indians) were extremely helpful, friendly and very pleasant.

    We whine a lot about how our embassies or High Comms work but, as a dip kid who spent a lot of my youth in the buildings after school, there is much more to it than cocktail parties and duty-free cars.

    So . . . Kudos to the Consular section of the High Comm

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    It strikes me that this is blindingly obvious, so how exactly did you manage to fuck up three times?

    https://www.passports.gov.au/passpor...oto-guidelines

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    RM1200 and three weeks . . . really? Roughly 8600 baht . . .
    Approx Bt.2500 of that is an overseas surcharge.

    If the full passport was still valid for atleast 2 years you can get a 34 page replacement passport that costs approx Bt3500 and there is no overseas surcharge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fondles View Post
    If the full passport was still valid for atleast 2 years you can get a 34 page replacement passport that costs approx Bt3500 and there is no overseas surcharge.
    One year and ten months left

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    It strikes me that this is blindingly obvious, so how exactly did you manage to fuck up three times?
    Obviously I don't take the photos myself - and the places that do it say they know the requirements

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    Obviously I don't take the photos myself - and the places that do it say they know the requirements
    But you never bothered to check them yourself after the first time?

    Schoolboy error.

    Added: There is an app called "Passport Photo" so you can take your own. I did my last Cambo visa without any paper at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    But you never bothered to check them yourself after the first time?
    I gave the photographers my phone with the Aus pp requirements . . .




    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    There is an app called "Passport Photo" so you can take your own
    Actually, they did ask if I had the jpg . . . damn

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    My daughter's Aussie passport renewal was turned down the first time at the Aussie Embassy in Bangkok last year.

    I'd attached her passport pics with a paperclip to the application form and this had resulted in a minuscule crease in the photos, apparently. I couldn't see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    My daughter's Aussie passport renewal was turned down the first time at the Aussie Embassy in Bangkok last year.

    I'd attached her passport pics with a paperclip to the application form and this had resulted in a minuscule crease in the photos, apparently. I couldn't see it.
    Yeah BKK knocked back my renewal due a photo issue as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fondles View Post
    Yeah BKK knocked back my renewal due a photo issue as well.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    My daughter's Aussie passport renewal was turned down the first time at the Aussie Embassy in Bangkok last year.
    All based on the 'new' facial recognition requirements . . . and here I was thinking facial recognition had always been used . . . yea, biometric stuff

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    We had a great fixer in one company I worked for in the sandpit. I needed a government ID in a hurry and had a photo with a blue background and they insisted on a white background. The fixer engaged them in Arabic and they produced a pair of scissors, some glue, and a piece of white card. He cut round the head, stuck it on the card and cut it to size. And they took it.

    I wished I had a Blue Peter badge to give him.


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