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Hi all. My British passport is up for renewal. I'm currently in chonburi and it's not the easiest place to leave right now. 

I'm wondering  if anyone has sent their passport directly to Liverpool through DHL  instead of going to VFS at Trendy or sent it to family in England for them to send it to Liverpool. I'll be using the online application and obviously not using the post office check system. 

 

Also I'll have the new passport returned to my family in England then they'll send it to me through DHL.

 

Has anyone tried this before ? 

 

Thanks 

 

 

 

 

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A few. But it is illegal to be in Thailand without your passport. There's also the possibility that heightened passport office security checks means that they will access the UK borders database and see that you (your passport) hasn't entered the UK.

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I'm dual national Thai British luckily so that covers me. But about the second point yeah I've scanned out of England but never scanned back in. Also I have to choose online that I'm still in England. But it's just so much easier to send it directly 🤔

 

But thanks for your reply 🙂

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You don't physically have to submit your application to VFS.  You can assign the task to anyone you choose or use an agent such as Key Visa to do it for you.  A far better idea than risking sending it to the UK.

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I used an agent for my passport renewal a couple of years ago, cost just a bit over 6k baht I think, that included the price for new passport + a bit for their services, you'll need to confirm the price with them mate, all I did was sign the form where required, gave them a couple of passport photographs & that was it, they fill the forms in, take them to BKK, collect the new passport and bring it back with the old one, easy bloody peasy, also, and this is important, you will get a photocopy of the letter from the embassy to fill in the blanks and present to immigration to move all your Visa etc over. Without that letter you will have a lot of trouble getting stuff moved. 😎 

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1 hour ago, NanLaew said:

A few. But it is illegal to be in Thailand without your passport. There's also the possibility that heightened passport office security checks means that they will access the UK borders database and see that you (your passport) hasn't entered the UK.

I don't think that the passport agency & Border Control are hooked up together, otherwise people claiming the state old age pension and effectively lying to DWP about their location & living here would get away with it. 😎

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14 minutes ago, Golden Triangle said:

Without that letter you will have a lot of trouble getting stuff moved

Doubtful the OP will be concerned about that, he's Thai.

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4 minutes ago, Upnotover said:

Doubtful the OP will be concerned about that, he's Thai.

That's fair comment, but also the cost of sending your passport via one of the big couriers + the cost of said passport then couriering back here is costly, but I take your point thanks, good info for those that search as well 😎

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VFS shut down last year due to Covid. Is that likely to happen again?.  Very slow passport service. Still waiting for new passport submitted 4th December and credit card debited 10th December!!!!!!!!

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19 hours ago, SimonR123 said:

I'm dual national Thai British luckily so that covers me.

Dual nationals must declare their other passport when applying for the UK one, and the names must be exactly the same in both. My missis had to supply a full copy of her Thai passport along with the UK one when she renewed via VFS three years ago. I don't know whether UK applicants are supposed to send in both passports when applying online in the UK, but maybe you need to look that up. Obviously if you do have to part temporarily with your Thai passport  it doesn't affect your status in Thailand.

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1 minute ago, Eff1n2ret said:

Dual nationals must declare their other passport when applying for the UK one, and the names must be exactly the same in both. My missis had to supply a full copy of her Thai passport along with the UK one when she renewed via VFS three years ago. I don't know whether UK applicants are supposed to send in both passports when applying online in the UK, but maybe you need to look that up. Obviously if you do have to part temporarily with your Thai passport  it doesn't affect your status in Thailand.

I have always considered that to be an invasion of privacy. Can see no logical reason for it, and the UK, more than Thailand usually shows some logic.

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Just now, prakhonchai nick said:

I have always considered that to be an invasion of privacy. Can see no logical reason for it, and the UK, more than Thailand usually shows some logic.

AND.......its not just showing you have a Thai passport, but they want to see every page. For what?

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1 minute ago, prakhonchai nick said:

I have always considered that to be an invasion of privacy. Can see no logical reason for it, and the UK, more than Thailand usually shows some logic.

I think it's just one of their measures to combat fraud and abuse of passports.

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