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Leo Walless

UK Passport issues during COVID-19

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Hi,

As we all know, the VSF office in the Trendy Building has been closed throughout the lockdown and I can't find any useful information regarding when it might reopen. Govt.UK website appears to offer the ability to apply for passport renewal online. Does anyone have experience of this process because I have seen no guidance or forum discussions about it? Even now, while Trendy closed. 

Cheers, Leo 

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You cannot legally make an online application to renew a UK Passport from Thailand.

Some people apply online using the UK address of a friend or relative, that option has dangers.
Are you currently in Thailand, you can apply online from Ireland?

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There is no alternative offered. HMPO is working with limited staff so any passport application is taking longer.

They offer the following advice.

1. Wait for VFS to open.

2. Apply foe an ETD - not possible if no travel plans.

3. Contact the British Embassy for local advice.

I did 3. There advice was contact HMPO !!!!!

The only correct one is 1.

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Posted (edited)

It's an absolute disgrace!

Surely they can reopen now??

Edited by Canuck1966

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4 hours ago, theoldgit said:

You cannot legally make an online application to renew a UK Passport from Thailand.

Some people apply online using the UK address of a friend or relative, that option has dangers.
Are you currently in Thailand, you can apply online from Ireland?

I did that, it was very easy.

Applied online, even used an app for the photo

Sent my passport to the UK. Family member posted it to Liverpool. Processed and back to me inside 4 weeks.

That was over Christmas and New year too!

200 baht to send to UK, about 10 quid return

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3 minutes ago, Canuck1966 said:

I did that, it was very easy.

Applied online, even used an app for the photo

Sent my passport to the UK. Family member posted it to Liverpool. Processed and back to me inside 4 weeks.

That was over Christmas and New year too!

200 baht to send to UK, about 10 quid return

I suggest being without a passport during this State of Emergency would be most unwise.

The only legal way to apply at the moment is via VFS. Most people I expect have at least a few months validity left on there passport but if  anyone has one really close I suggest calling the Embassy is the only option.

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I can't see any reason why VFS won't re-open later this week when the public holidays are over.  

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11 minutes ago, brewsterbudgen said:

I can't see any reason why VFS won't re-open later this week when the public holidays are over.  

I,m with you. They, unfortunately, cannot open until UK GOV tell them to.

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On 5/4/2020 at 2:31 PM, brewsterbudgen said:

I can't see any reason why VFS won't re-open later this week when the public holidays are over.  

Still not open🤬

Surely they will open on the 17th when malls etc are given the green light to resume business?

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On 5/4/2020 at 2:45 PM, pontious said:

I,m with you. They, unfortunately, cannot open until UK GOV tell them to.

 

 

I would have thought that they would subject to rules in Thailand rather than the UK.

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1 hour ago, hotandsticky said:

 

 

I would have thought that they would subject to rules in Thailand rather than the UK.

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1 hour ago, pontious said:

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But, as far as British nationals requiring new passports in Thailand are concerned, one is eventually directed to the GOV.UK website where one is then required to go round the houses (for maybe the umpteenth time in one's case) in order to establish the current position. Far easier, I think, to do this in 1 click via the following link!

 

https://www.passport.service.gov.uk/overseas/information/thailand/renew/adult

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, pontious said:

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Doesn't matter what the UK says - if Prayuth says Bangkok offices can't open, they won't open. 

 

 

Once Thailand eases it's lockdown rules people can at least collect/receive renewed passports.

 

 

Then up the UK when they want to receive new passport and UK visa applications.

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Just now, hotandsticky said:

 

 

Doesn't matter what the UK says - if Prayuth says Bangkok offices can't open, they won't open. 

 

 

Once Thailand eases it's lockdown rules people can at least collect/receive renewed passports.

 

 

Then up the UK when they want to receive new passport and UK visa applications.

Offices have never been ordered closed in Bangkok.  Businesses like banks, insurance companies, immigration offices can operate.  VFS closing was entirely down to them and/or UKVI.

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2 hours ago, hotandsticky said:

 

 

Doesn't matter what the UK says - if Prayuth says Bangkok offices can't open, they won't open. 

 

 

Once Thailand eases it's lockdown rules people can at least collect/receive renewed passports.

 

 

Then up the UK when they want to receive new passport and UK visa applications.

Nobody will pick up passports until UKGOV tells VFS to open. 

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