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New Passport Rules for UK Nationals in Spain

New Passport Rules for UK Nationals in Spain

8 May 2013

New Passport Rules for UK Nationals in Spain

You may remember that Cyprus expats were recently told that they need to get  their passports via the UK. The British Embassy said they would tell us if the  rules for Spain changed. Well… as of this coming Monday they will.

New Passport Rules for UK Nationals in Spain

CHANGE TO PASSPORT SERVICE FOR  BRITISH NATIONALS

British nationals in Spain wanting to apply for a new passport are advised of  an important change in the way they will need to make applications. From Monday  13 May, all applications will need to be sent directly to the Identity &  Passport Service (IPS) in Belfast in the United Kingdom, instead of the regional  passport processing hub in Madrid.

All the necessary information about the new passport application process,  including a new IPS overseas application form, can be found at www.gov.uk/overseas-passports.

Andy Hamilton, head of the regional passport processing centre in Madrid,  says: “In real terms, all that this means is that British nationals living in  Spain now need to send their applications to a different address.”

“Current passport processing times remain the same. If you are renewing your  passport, you should allow at least four weeks from the date the fee is taken  and all the correct documentation has been received.”

“If you are applying for the first time or you are replacing a lost or stolen  passport, you should allow at least six weeks.”

The only other change is that the current passport helpline call charges are  being removed. Instead of paying for a premium rate phone line, customers will  now only have to pay for the cost of a call to the UK.

British nationals who lack internet access or want advice are able to call  the IPS Customer Service Centre on +44 (0) 300 222 0000.

People who need to travel urgently but whose normal passport is unavailable  should contact their nearest British Consulate via 902 109 356 or email info.consulate@fco.gov.uk . Your local Consulate may be able  to issue an Emergency Travel Document to help you travel.

Note:

Fees charged for overseas passport applications are based on the cost of  providing the service. Because the number of overseas applications is smaller  and efficiency gains are harder to achieve, the issuing of all British passports  is being repatriated. Once this has been completed worldwide in 2014, IPS will  seek to more closely align overseas and UK passport fees.

This change also applies to British nationals living in Andorra.

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