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Old 03.08.2012, 16:29
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British passport renewal from Zurich

Hi, anyone renewed a British passport whilst living in Switzerland recently? I have a friend who needs to, but UK gov websites and embassy in bern have been unhelpful advising on options and quickest way to do it. He travels a lot so really wants the absolute quickest option. Sending it to UK and waiting a month would be a nightmare.

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Re: British passport renewal from Zurich

Goto the UK passport office and do it in a few hours.
Otherwise it will get sent to Paris who will forward it straight to London...and it can take longer than 4 weeks.
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Old 03.08.2012, 18:07
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Re: British passport renewal from Zurich

You mean the UK passport office in UK?!?! Blimey
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Old 03.08.2012, 19:06
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Re: British passport renewal from Zurich

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Goto the UK passport office and do it in a few hours.
Otherwise it will get sent to Paris who will forward it straight to London...and it can take longer than 4 weeks.
I'm pretty sure that they process it at the embassy in Paris - or they did when we renewed my daughter's last year (or previous year), because they telephoned me from Paris with a query; and it took only a couple of weeks (but wasn't summer).
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Old 03.08.2012, 19:10
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Re: British passport renewal from Zurich

Yeah, they changed the system a few years. Swiss and I think the rest of Europe apply via the Paris office. Stuff is then sent to London for processing before sending the new passport out. I did mine a couple of months ago. Took 3-4 weeks, but I put my credit card number down wrong so they had to call me for a correction. I actually got the new passport before I got the e-mail notification it was being posted back.

At the moment there are 6 centres worldwide who handle the applications, but eventually, and there's no firm date for this, all applications worldwide will have to be sent to London as it will be the ONLY place to get a UK passport. They say it's to save money, but as these changes have been/are being done in several stages I can't see that the savings will be justified. And it's certainly not more convenient.

Check the UK website for urgent passport applications in London. Even there you have to make an appointment with about 2 weeks notice.
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Re: British passport renewal from Zurich

My mum needed her passport renewed quickly. She made an appointment and went to Paris and they did it same day.
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Re: British passport renewal from Zurich

Just got advice today they posted my application to Paris back today: 5 weeks and a day after posting. So 6 weeks total.

As other posters have said quickest is fo to London and get it same day with appointment.

Frequent travellers may get a second one with employers letter of justification.

Your friend sold read website more carefully as its all there plus the telephone helpline is useful too ;->
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