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My UK passport is due for renewal later this year and I would be grateful for some advice.

 

I intend to do the renewal through VFS at Trendy Building in Bangkok.  Looking at the information on their website they indicate that I need to provide a colour copy of each page of my existing passport and proof of my address here in Thailand (in English).

 

My questions:

 

1.  Regarding copies of each passport page.  Is it acceptable to print 4 pages onto one sheet of A4 paper?

 

2.  Regarding proof of address.  Everything that is sent to me from here in Thailand (bills, bank statements etc) has my name and address in Thai (normally copied from yellow book).  They want this proof in English.  What are the alternatives?

 

I am aware that I could get an agent to do everything, but happy doing it myself.

 

Sorry if this has been discussed before but nothing came up on the search facility.

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1. I assume you mean 4 side by side pages which would be 2 copies per page. I think that would accepted since they could be full size copies.

2. You can have your address translated to English. They will also accept a translated copy of your yellow house book.

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I am also preparing to renew my UK passport although I'm not cutting it as fine as you..

1. I wouldn't do that personally but it could be ok not sure.I am also unsure whether to first remove everything stapled in my passport by immigration..

2. I believe Thai banks will for a small fee provide a statement with your name and address printed at the top.

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1 - I wouldn't risk it though the worst would be you'd need to recopy and pay for the copies.

 

2 - If you have a recent Thai 5 year driving licence your address is on the back in both English and Thai.

 

I have an application in right now and used the driving licence and a letter from my wife saying we live 'here' and a copy of her ID. Signed.

 

I also had Amazon invoices which are English.

 

They accepted these ok.

 

NB VFS are now only open Monday Wednesday and Friday from 8.30 till 4.00 see email I received yesterday .....

 

"The appointment is not required for submit additional documents as it state on the letter but our operation time has changed.  We are open only Monday, Wednesday and Friday (except public holiday) from 08.30-16.00 hours. "

 

NB they are now on floor 28 not floor 8

 

 

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43 minutes ago, 007 RED said:

1.  Regarding copies of each passport page.  Is it acceptable to print 4 pages onto one sheet of A4 paper?

 

2.  Regarding proof of address.  Everything that is sent to me from here in Thailand (bills, bank statements etc) has my name and address in Thai (normally copied from yellow book).  They want this proof in English.  What are the alternatives?

@007 RED   not sure about the 4 pages I did 2
best stick to 2 err on side of caution
I just used a hotel reciept for proof of address all good

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1 hour ago, Saltire said:

1 - I wouldn't risk it though the worst would be you'd need to recopy and pay for the copies.

 

2 - If you have a recent Thai 5 year driving licence your address is on the back in both English and Thai.

 

I have an application in right now and used the driving licence and a letter from my wife saying we live 'here' and a copy of her ID. Signed.

 

I also had Amazon invoices which are English.

 

They accepted these ok.

 

NB VFS are now only open Monday Wednesday and Friday from 8.30 till 4.00 see email I received yesterday .....

 

"The appointment is not required for submit additional documents as it state on the letter but our operation time has changed.  We are open only Monday, Wednesday and Friday (except public holiday) from 08.30-16.00 hours. "

 

NB they are now on floor 28 not floor 8

 

 

address on back of driving licence IS NOT IN ENGLISH only in THAI !!

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1 hour ago, chang50 said:

I am also preparing to renew my UK passport although I'm not cutting it as fine as you..

1. I wouldn't do that personally but it could be ok not sure.I am also unsure whether to first remove everything stapled in my passport by immigration..

2. I believe Thai banks will for a small fee provide a statement with your name and address printed at the top.

why not use a utilty bill/receipt....no need to pay a bank....they have enough money as it is !!!!!

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1 minute ago, essox essox said:

why not use a utilty bill/receipt....no need to pay a bank....they have enough money as it is !!!!!

I intend to use my AIS bill which is in English it was just another possibilty for the OP.

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27 minutes ago, essox essox said:

address on back of driving licence IS NOT IN ENGLISH only in THAI !!

I can assure you my new 5-year one from February this year has both languages for the address on the back.

 

 

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Many thanks for the replies so far.  They are much appreciated.

 

For clarity, regarding my question of printing 4 pages of my passport onto one side of A4 paper, I have provided an example below of what I was considering.  It will provide the information that they require but just means less paper involved.  If I was really cheeky I could print double sided (8 pages on one sheet of A4), but that may be pushing my luck.

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Regarding the requirement for providing proof of address:  As mentioned in my original post, all my bills have my address in Thai and the Passport Agency require it in English.  Good suggestion regarding my Thai driving licence (shown on reverse in Thai and English).  Only problem with that is only part of the address is given.

 

UJ.... you suggested getting the yellow book translated.  Will the translation need to be certified (MFA)/

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2 minutes ago, 007 RED said:

Many thanks for the replies so far.  They are much appreciated.

 

For clarity, regarding my question of printing 4 pages of my passport onto one side of A4 paper, I have provided an example below of what I was considering.  It will provide the information that they require but just means less paper involved.  If I was really cheeky I could print double sided (8 pages on one sheet of A4), but that may be pushing my luck.

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Regarding the requirement for providing proof of address:  As mentioned in my original post, all my bills have my address in Thai and the Passport Agency require it in English.  Good suggestion regarding my Thai driving licence (shown on reverse in Thai and English).  Only problem with that is only part of the address is given.

 

UJ.... you suggested getting the yellow book translated.  Will the translation need to be certified (MFA)/

Like you I debated what to take. In the end i made a pack (driving licence, signed declaration letter from the wife incl ID card, Amazon and IHerb invoices, copy of latest extension of stay passport stamp) and insisted they send them all. VFS are just a checking/sorting agency. They were happy to do so.

 

As for your full passport copy I recall the agent meticulously turning each page in my passport along  with each paper copy to see if it was complete. Giving him your option may make that job more tricky and he may ask for single pages.

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47 minutes ago, 007 RED said:

UJ.... you suggested getting the yellow book translated.  Will the translation need to be certified (MFA)/

No it will not need to be certified by the DCA of the MFA.

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38 minutes ago, Saltire said:

Like you I debated what to take. In the end i made a pack (driving licence, signed declaration letter from the wife incl ID card, Amazon and IHerb invoices, copy of latest extension of stay passport stamp) and insisted they send them all. VFS are just a checking/sorting agency. They were happy to do so.

 

As for your full passport copy I recall the agent meticulously turning each page in my passport along  with each paper copy to see if it was complete. Giving him your option may make that job more tricky and he may ask for single pages.

Thanks for your info.

 

I appreciate that VSF are only a 'handling agent' acting on behalf of the UK Passport Agency.  That said they are supposed to ensure that the documents you provide comply with UKPA's requirements.

 

If they want one page of the passport on one sheet of A4, then that would mean in my case I would have to provide 50 pages.  In reality because when you photo copy the passport you actually copy two pages at once because of the book format, thus in my case only needing 25 pages of A4.  So printing 4 pages (which are still full size) on A4 should be OK (I think) and mean that I save 12 pages of paper.

 

I found an email address for VFS enquiry so have asked them the question showing the example.  Br interesting to see their reply.

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2 hours ago, andy72 said:
3 hours ago, 007 RED said:

1.  Regarding copies of each passport page.  Is it acceptable to print 4 pages onto one sheet of A4 paper?

 

...

@007 RED   not sure about the 4 pages I did 2
best stick to 2 err on side of caution
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VFS at Trendy accepted 4 passport pages per A4 sheet on my three UK passport renewals because there's no image reduction required and each page is presented full-size.  Don't think about double-siding though!

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3 hours ago, Saltire said:

1 - I wouldn't risk it though the worst would be you'd need to recopy and pay for the copies.

 

2 - If you have a recent Thai 5 year driving licence your address is on the back in both English and Thai.

Thai driving license i have has address on back in Thai.

What Saltire says is most useful though because the driving license has the name and passport number on it and the address in thai on the back can be matched to utility bills that have the address in Thai.

 

1. I recall doing it the same as you for copies of passport pages and had no problem. But that was application in England.

I have always done it that way on VFS visa applications for my thai wife and never had any problems.

NOTE: but not double sided, I always did it one sided.

2. My electricity bill appears to have everything in Thai, but on the bottom section has my name in English. It has usually helped.

 

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