Applying for a new British passport in Thailand has just got easier. Or at least for those of us who live near Bangkok. And from next month it will be 2,423 Baht cheaper. I just received three press releases from the British Embassy which explains some recent changes:
Changes to British Passport Services in Thailand: From 26 March 2014, British nationals should submit their passport application, in person by appointment only, to the UK Visa Application Centre in Bangkok. The application will then be sent on to Her Majesty’s Passport Office in the UK for processing. All the information needed to complete the passport application process, including the address and contact details for the UK Visa Application Centre, is available on the GOV.UK website. Those who cannot find the information on the website can call the Passport Advice line on +44 300 222 0000 (operates from 8am-8pm UK time) or e-mail overseasNewportCCC@hmpo.gsi.gov.uk.
The Visa Application Centre in Bangkok is moving at the end of this month. The press release for that is here. But it is still advisable to click on the link above to check latest details.
From March 31, the UK visa application centre in Bangkok will relocate to bigger and better premises at:
Trendy Office Building,
Sukhumvit Road Soi 13,
Klongtoey Nua, Wattana,
The final press release is the good news that the cost of renewing your British passport will go down in April.
Reduction in passport fees for UK citizens overseas: From 7 April the passport fee for customers applying for a UK passport overseas will be reduced by £45 for adults and £28.50 for children. The new fees are as follows: Adult 32 page passport £83.00 Child 32 page passport £53.00 Jumbo 48 page passport £91.00 (Child and Adult). This reduction comes as a result of efficiency savings made over the last 3 years by bringing back the processing and issuing of overseas passports to the UK, whilst maintaining the highest levels of security and customer service.