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Old 31.10.2010, 16:30
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UK Passport renewal

I'll add my report. I just renewed my passport this month.
I sent it A-Post recorded delivery so max 3 days to get there (Cost around CHF 10)
I had the photos taken at a photographers rather than a booth. That cost CHF25.
I had the photo countersigned even though it states it is not necessary for a renewal.
My new passport just arrived and it all took just under 3 weeks.
Total cost billed to my card was EUR181, which with the bank exchange rate and handling fees (joke) ended up being CHF253.

Definitely not a fun experience, but at least nothing went wrong. So all in your looking at 300 Stutz to get this done.
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Old 31.10.2010, 16:41
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Re: New British Passport

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I thought I would try and renew my passport on a short visit to London. The quickest service is at least a week (of staying put in the UK without a passport), maybe longer.
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Not true, I renewed mine in 4 hours, you need to make an appointment in advance & able to give a tempory UK address.
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Old 01.11.2010, 07:23
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Not true, I renewed mine in 4 hours, you need to make an appointment in advance & able to give a tempory UK address.
You don't even need the temporary UK address . Did mine in Newport. Check in on the morning, collect in the afternoon .
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Old 01.11.2010, 10:12
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Re: UK Passport renewal

Here's the link to the UK's DirectGov website on the matter.

Premium one-day service
The Premium service is a guaranteed service in which you deliver your application and collect your passport on the same day. It is available on weekdays for appointments before:
  • 4.00 pm in London
  • 1.30 pm in Liverpool
  • 1.00 pm in Peterborough
  • 12.30 pm in Glasgow and Newport
  • 12.00 noon in Belfast and Durham
And on Saturdays for appointments before 11.00 am.
The waiting time for your passport will be four hours from when the application is accepted and the cashier gives you a receipt.
This service is not available for:
  • a first adult or first child passport
  • making several or complex changes to your existing passport (simply changing your name can usually be done using the Premium service - if you are unsure you should call the Passport Adviceline on 0300 222 0000 and explain the changes you need)
  • extending a limited passport
  • replacing a lost, stolen or damaged passport
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The current price for renewal of a standard passport using the premium service is £129.50
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Old 01.11.2010, 10:33
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Re: UK Passport renewal

I flew to London to renew my passport in May.

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When I booked the appointment I had to give a UK address. I just used my parents'.

As I was on a tight schedule I took pictures in Milan (where I was flying from). Do not do this! The pictures do not conform to the UK passport standard.

Fortunately they have a photo booth at the passport office in London. I would recommend taking £5 in change with you in case there are problems with your photos. I only had £4.90 with me as I'd had a bacon sandwich as I was early for my appointment. The cashier was unable to give me a cash advance off a debit card nor to change currency. I had to beg a random stranger for the 10p I needed.

The amount of people who go there and haven't filled the form in correctly etc etc is huge.

The cafe over the road from the office is like a small slice of heaven if you miss proper cafe/deli places with about 50 different varieties of sandwich and breakfast foods.
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Word of warning.... try to avoid relying on the 4 hour service where you can. Their "guaranteed" service isn't always guaranteed. In fairness, it was a bit of bad luck the day my husband and I went to renew our passports in London, as we were over there anyway for a few days... we paid for the same day renewal and was told the passports would be ready at 1.30. However, the office had major power cut, which meant everything was out... they fobbed us off for a while saying there were some problems but that it was being fixed. we were told to come back in a few hours...and given that we were flying back to CH the next day, you can imagine that we were getting a little concerned about having the new passports. so we asked what the procedure would be about getting our old ones back. of course, they had cancelled those, BEFORE printing the new ones. As it was, the power came back and the new passports were issued ... albeit 5 hours late.
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Re: UK Passport renewal

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I flew to London to renew my passport in May.

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When I booked the appointment I had to give a UK address. I just used my parents'.

Hi, you gave the UK address to who ? Just to make the appointment ? On the application form there is also an Address box. Did you use the UK or Swiss address ?

I've only recently landed in Switzerland but been away from UK for years. For convenience I would much prefer to use the UK parent's address. Is this acceptable ?
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Old 12.11.2010, 23:23
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Re: UK Passport renewal

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Hi, you gave the UK address to who ? Just to make the appointment ? On the application form there is also an Address box. Did you use the UK or Swiss address ?

I've only recently landed in Switzerland but been away from UK for years. For convenience I would much prefer to use the UK parent's address. Is this acceptable ?
I renewed my passport this week in London using the 4 hour service (which was marvellous, it's more like a 2.5 hour service in November). I gave them my parents' address when I made the appointment over the phone - all they do with it is send a confirmation letter with the appt time.

I wasn't sure what to put on the form either, so I asked, and they frankly couldn't care less. The cashier woman suggested I put the address where I was staying in London, but I thought 'Premier Inn, Earl's Court' would look a bit odd, so I put my parents' down for that too. With my Swiss mobile number, which I made a bodge of due to all the digits not fitting in the boxes as I'd left spaces. So I crossed it out. The thing was a bit of a mess when I'd finished, but all they care about is that you have your old passport and I imagine there's some CCTVing goes on too.

It's MUCH easier and less stressful than it sounds on the website or the form. Thoroughly recommend it for those who can't/ don't want to stick their passport in the post for weeks.
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Re: UK Passport renewal

I sent my daughters' passports to the Paris office - got them back this morning. Whole process took only 2 weeks and was very straightforward.
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Old 08.12.2010, 11:35
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Re: UK Passport renewal

I renewed my British passport last year, through the office in Paris (address on a previous page).

Did the photos at the photo machine at Zurich Enge station, sent the docs to Paris, including credit card details, on a Thursday, got the new passport back the following Tuesday. Couldn't have been easier or - by post - much quicker.
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Re: UK Passport renewal

One more example:

I went to Liverpool IPS on Thursday morning. New passport 4 hours later.

I had filled out the C1 paperwork for a non-resident but they wouldn't process that. Gave me a new (simpler form). My old one was water-damaged (problem for upcoming exotic destinations) and normally damaged ones cannot be replaced on the same day so I was worried about confiscation / cancellation. In fact it was all concluded with the minimum of fuss and the maximum of friendly service. I was the only customer in the morning.

There is a photo booth there. Same machine as in Asda.

It wasn't requested but I had additional ID with me just in case.
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Re: UK Passport renewal

Just posted one of our children's passports to Paris for renewal.

We are a mixed English-South American Couple and I had a Version 1.0 Wife in my youth as well. They always get a bit excited about that.

Will let you know how it goes.
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Renewal of a child's passport just arrived this morning from Paris.

15 March - OUT
29 March - BACK

Exactly 14 days. No drama, no problems.
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Re: UK Passport renewal

to all the people that renewed in London, did you have to get it countersigned?
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Re: UK Passport renewal

I didn't have to get anything countersigned, because I was still recognisable from my old photo.

However, I paid for a jumbo passport but they only gave me a regular size one. Apparently their machine was broken, but I can go back anytime and get a new jumbo one ... in London.
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Nope, as long as you're still recognisable from your old photo then you're fine. Which is great, as I was having kittens over trying to think of someone here who's in a professional position, has known me 2 yrs+, holds the right sort of passport themselves, or whatever this week's rules are.
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Nope, as long as you're still recognisable from your old photo then you're fine. Which is great, as I was having kittens over trying to think of someone here who's in a professional position, has known me 2 yrs+, holds the right sort of passport themselves, or whatever this week's rules are.
If you are stuck, go to your Gemeinde / Commune and explain your problem with needing a counter-signature for your passport. My Village office gave me free of charge a certificate that I am alive and still recognisable from the passport photo. Paris accepted this certificate, even written in the German language.
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Re: UK Passport renewal

We ae planning to go to London to get our Passports renewed, do we have to get the Forms from the Post Office??

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We ae planning to go to London to get our Passports renewed, do we have to get the Forms from the Post Office??

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I don't see why - start here

http://ukinswitzerland.fco.gov.uk/en...als/passports/

And go Download from RHS here:

http://ukinfrance.fco.gov.uk/en/help...ly/switzerland

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We ae planning to go to London to get our Passports renewed, do we have to get the Forms from the Post Office??

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Yes, I got someone who was travelling to the UK to pick some up for me
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