Cost Of UK Passport Renewal Cut For Expats

By Editorial 20 March, 2014

The cost of a new passport for British citizens who apply from overseas is to be slashed by 35 percent.

From April 7, 2014, a 32-page adult passport will cost GBP83 (USD138), down from GBP128, and a passport for a child will be reduced by GBP28.50 to GBP53. However, applicants also have to pay a courier charge in addition to the fee.

Announcing the move, Immigration and Security Minister James Brokenshire explained that savings had been made over the past three years by moving the processing and issuing of overseas passports back to the UK from locations such as overseas British embassies.

Will Middleton, the Consular Director for Spain, said that the repatriation of overseas passport centers also means that applications are now handled more efficiently. He said that 4 million Britons living overseas would benefit from the move, including 800,000 in Spain.

The new fees remain marginally higher than for UK-based applicants, because it is often less straightforward to determine whether or not an overseas applicant is entitled to a UK passport, the Government said. In January, the British High Commissioner in Australia, Paul Madden, explained that renewals should take four weeks from when documentation is received in the UK, although first-time applications and replacement passports may take up to six weeks.

Tags: United Kingdom | Spain | Expats | Immigration | Visas And Passports | Immigration |


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