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Re: UK Passport renewal

I've just renewed mine at the Paris office. I sent it via normal Swiss post (registered) at the start of February and it was returned in about three weeks. Quick, efficient and a lot easier than going to England.
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Old 10.03.2009, 03:32
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Re: UK Passport renewal

Slightly off-topic:

Brit had his passport issued in Australia and claims the UK mission in Bangkok failed to detect his passport as authentic on their system when he was challenged in Thailand. Keep your receipts!
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Re: UK Passport renewal

Jeeeez. I'm having to go through this process too.

Why the hell don't they just issue a passport for life?

Every time I move to a new country, I have to "find someone who has know you for two years and get them to sign the back of the photo".

It's not easy for me.

I live in an oxygen tent with a monkey, I'm a hermit, and only communicate to the outside world on anonymous forums like this.

Using a sterile keyboard of course.
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Old 10.03.2009, 08:05
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Re: UK Passport renewal

Yesterday a co-worker of mine, who is British, asked me to "countersignature" his photo and section 9 of his UK passport renewal application. I was a bit puzzled when he fist asked me over the phone if I would do this as we don't have anything like this on the renewal application for a USA passport. I had a good chuckle when I saw that I was required to endorse the back of the photo by writing "I certify that this is a true likeness of (insert name of applicant)", add my signature and the date the likeness was compared. All that on a picture that measures only 45 x 35mm in size! I'm not what you would call a calligraphist so I sure hope (for my co-worker's sake) they can make out my handwriting.!
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Old 10.03.2009, 08:56
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Re: UK Passport renewal

Come on guys, its a once in a decade inconvenience. Just do it when you're next in Blighty (several months before expiry) and you won't even lose the remaining validity. I faffed around sending it to Geneva, but in the end just took a day trip to London and it was all done in 4 hours. To save time the clerk checks the form over and approves the pics, any issues can be corrected there and pictures re-taken if needed. You can even nominate someone else to do all this for you, just sign a power of attorney type form.

Much better than being grounded in CH for three weeks, or having your application posted back because you forgot to tick a box.
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Re: UK Passport renewal

You do not need to have your photo countersigned. Hidden in the small print it says as long as your passport has not run out and you have not changed significantly since your last photo you do not need to get it signed. I did not when I posted mine to Paris in February with no problems, nor the previous time ten years ago.

I also did not pay by credit card but by my bank debit card with no problems.
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Re: UK Passport renewal

"Travellers will need to ensure that their passports are up to date and that details are input accurately if they don't want to end up in a dark room being grilled by border officials." says The Telegraph
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Re: UK Passport renewal

Can I ask about Photos for a UK passport. Do I have to get them professionally done or will photo booth ones do? Thank you!
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Can I ask about Photos for a UK passport. Do I have to get them professionally done or will photo booth ones do? Thank you!
Photobooth is fine, had mine and the kids done last year.
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Great thank you!
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Old 30.03.2009, 19:37
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Photobooth is fine, had mine and the kids done last year.

Make sure you read the guidelines carefully though and stick to them, since they started with the biometric passports they have become really strict.

Also a photographer isnt so expensive, I paid 32chfs for 20 pictures that I was 100% certain were right.

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Old 30.03.2009, 20:49
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Can I ask about Photos for a UK passport. Do I have to get them professionally done or will photo booth ones do? Thank you!
Swiss photo booths do photos with different dimensions (smaller) to those required by the Passport Agency. I just leaned forward a bit.
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Re: UK Passport renewal

I'm just completing the form for renewing my passport. Question to those "in the know": how on earth do I send £72.00 "in local currency" to Paris? What rate of exchange € should be used? Do they accept credit cards if I give them the number?
Thanks for any info possible.
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I'm just completing the form for renewing my passport. Question to those "in the know": how on earth do I send £72.00 "in local currency" to Paris? What rate of exchange € should be used? Do they accept credit cards if I give them the number?
Thanks for any info possible.
Just google
http://ukinfrance.fco.gov.uk/en/passports/passport-fees

Unfortunately it will cost more than GBP72.00, but you can pay with a credit card.
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Old 06.04.2009, 20:18
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Re: UK Passport renewal

Hey.

I am going to Paris over Easter for a short break and to renew my passport also. The Paris office has told me that I can not have a new passport the same day. However handing it in on the day speeds up the process.

I asked the Passport Office how would I get back into Switzerland after I had surrendered my passport. They said they could only give me a certified copy of my passport. However this would not be good enough at an immigration check.

And that they could not advise me on how to get back.

Would any one what to do on this one.

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Old 06.05.2009, 10:22
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Looking at the payment methods - if you've not a credit card, your stuffed.
Personally, I would use ANY payment method other than a Credit Card.

Warning: this is a rant!

We’re trying to renew my daughter's passport (stupidly already allowed to expire) and having had the (professional) photo done (the DNA test, the fingerprints and eyeball scan ) I’ve got the application form from t’internet. Even though we do actually live in France, we're nowhere near Paris (even Lyon would be better) so we have always applied in person at the consulate in Geneva and it was all done in a matter of days. Now that the issuing of passports for Switzerland, France and Benelux is handled solely in Paris, we have to apply by post - or go to Paris making it even more ludicrously expensive

First of all, an under 16 passport costs £46.00 when issued in the UK but €92.00 when issued in Paris (+ €21 for return by courrier). More than twice the fee for less than half the "consular services"

If we have to apply by post anyway, why not post it to England, I think to myself? According to the form, the applicant must be in the country where the application is being made…..unless of course you’re living in Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands or Luxembourg….hhhmmmmm.

Next up, they don’t accept cheques (which the French use even more than the English), they only accept Post Office or Banker’s drafts, or - and this is where it gets good – you can fill in the attached Payment Authorisation form. Here's the rub: -

All you have to do is fill in the applicant's details, your name, address, phone number, credit card type, number, expiry date and – wait for it - the 3-digit security code and signature . Of course, if the applicant (my 6 year old daughter) is not the card holder (me) then they need a copy of the card holder’s passport too . Then you just send it by post with your application.

And let’s not forget the bit at the end that says “Fees may be subject to change without notice. We will calculate the correct fee on your behalf” - and then presumably debit your card with whatever we please but don’t worry, you’ll find out how much we've ripped you off for when we get your credit card statement (maybe they'd accept a cheque if I left it blank...?)

I’m tempted to fill it in under the name of R.U. Barking-Mad and say

“Why don’t you just call it a “Someone Else’s Identity Application Form” and have done with it? I’ve a good mind to report you to the British Embassy! Oh, I’m sorry, you ARE the British Embassy!”

Just knowing that the great British tradition of actively encouraging identity theft is following us wherever we may go, thanks to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office “supporting British nationals overseas”, makes me feel all warm inside

Apologies for the extremely pictorial rant but this is a very emotical subject for me. I am way past hacked off and will get everyone I know to sign that petition!!
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Thanks Soapybubbles.

Nothing like a good rant to get it out of your system.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THYgeETrkPs

Make a lump in your throat doesn't it.

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A friend in Holland just told me around Christmas that they have to now go to Paris. Just checked Paris it is...
I quote "UK passport services in the Netherlands are provided by the Switzerland-Benelux-France Passport Service based at the British Consulate General in Paris."

http://ukinfrance.fco.gov.uk/en/passports/
This is true as Den Haag is 30 mins from where I live which was convient (old office) and I need a new passport next year so I investigated, also various expats here have looked into it, yup we're just as screwed as you guys in CH
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Re: UK Passport renewal

I'm wondering if it's easier to fly to London and get the one-day service done...
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I'm wondering if it's easier to fly to London and get the one-day service done...
Yes, yes and thrice YES. Do it now and don't delay!!
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