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I keep my old PP in the car glove box, just in case............smile.png

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Appointment at Trendy on 27th May. Passport signed for in Liverpool on 29th May. Credit card debited on 2nd June. Passport back 10th June.

I'm happy with that. For me the hardest thing was getting an appointment at Trendy. That took nearly 3 weeks.

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Hello, sorry if this question is a pain as I can not find the relevant FAQ in this long thread.

Is there a service in BKK which can collect the new passport on my behalf and post it via EMS? It is with good reason.

Appreciate your response in advance.

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Hello, sorry if this question is a pain as I can not find the relevant FAQ in this long thread.

Is there a service in BKK which can collect the new passport on my behalf and post it via EMS? It is with good reason.

Appreciate your response in advance.

Don't know of any specific agencies/companies; however trendy currently allow anyone with photo ID, a letter of authorisation from you, the A4 receipt you got when you filed your application, plus your existing passport that is being replaced, to collect on your behalf.

If you don't have a friend in BKK who can do this for you, then try phoning some visa agencies in the Sukhumvit Road area of BKK.

Good luck.

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Hello, sorry if this question is a pain as I can not find the relevant FAQ in this long thread.

Is there a service in BKK which can collect the new passport on my behalf and post it via EMS? It is with good reason.

Appreciate your response in advance.

Don't know of any specific agencies/companies; however trendy currently allow anyone with photo ID, a letter of authorisation from you, the A4 receipt you got when you filed your application, plus your existing passport that is being replaced, to collect on your behalf.

If you don't have a friend in BKK who can do this for you, then try phoning some visa agencies in the Sukhumvit Road area of BKK.

Good luck.

Thanks, Digitalchromakey. If no lucks with friends, then I can enquire visa agencies in Sukhumvit Road area. wai.gif

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Hello, sorry if this question is a pain as I can not find the relevant FAQ in this long thread.

Is there a service in BKK which can collect the new passport on my behalf and post it via EMS? It is with good reason.

Appreciate your response in advance.

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anyone know how much notice currently you have to give Trendy to receive your appointment. ie. how many weeks before must you email them and is it three dates you must give them. Also can you specify times ? Thank guys. Only 115 pages to trawl through :-)

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anyone know how much notice currently you have to give Trendy to receive your appointment. ie. how many weeks before must you email them and is it three dates you must give them. Also can you specify times ? Thank guys. Only 115 pages to trawl through :-)

In view of blackcab's report at post #2867 I suggest that you give the With-It Tower Mob at least 3 weeks advance notice of your desired appointment. As stated on the GOV.UK website you'll need to include your first name and last name and 3 alternative dates and times in your email.

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anyone know how much notice currently you have to give Trendy to receive your appointment. ie. how many weeks before must you email them and is it three dates you must give them. Also can you specify times ? Thank guys. Only 115 pages to trawl through :-)

Last month, the minimum wait was 1-2 weeks, with turn around running at approx. 2-3 weeks from filing your application to subsequent collection from trendy.

You can specify both days and times for your three choices (Monday- Friday 08:30- 15:00, excluding Thai/(plus some) UK Public Holidays).

You can specify date/time ranges.

Keep the email as simple as possible.

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anyone know how much notice currently you have to give Trendy to receive your appointment. ie. how many weeks before must you email them and is it three dates you must give them. Also can you specify times ? Thank guys. Only 115 pages to trawl through :-)

Just done it, took a week for the appointment (don't know if it could be a tad quicker as I asked for a date a week away from when I emailed) and then it took 15 days from the appointment to get the passport back. I only asked for one date as I guessed they would give me the closest to it if not possible.

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Hello,

I received an email from HMPO Liverpool saying my passports have been despatched via Courier DX Secure, www.dxdelivery.com/consumer/my-tracking/.

My problem is unable to track two given numbers using this website.

When I enter these numbers, the options appear "UK" or "ROI". I have no idea what to do next as I am in Thailand. Can you kindly advise me that?

Appreciate the response in advance.

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Had a good experience yesterday with HMPO at Trendy with applying for a UK passport renewal for my 16yo son (UK/Thai national).

Am based in Pattaya and I sent the appointment request email on 17th and was keen on ensuring that the date was set for 23rd at around lunchtime - had a meeting nearby at 3pm so the timing was important. Gave them 3 times around 12 to 1.30pm and they came back quickly with a suitable time.

Pitched up, with my son, at the trendy office about 30mins prior to the agreed time. Was given a number slip which indicated only 1 person waiting ahead of us. Only waited about 2mins and they allowed both of us into the appointment room.

The assistant checked over the form and photos plus the copies of the requested original documents. Had to copy both his old UK passport (had expired about 2 years back and was waiting for him to turn 16 so that the new one would be of 10years duration) and his Thai passport. So, a lumpy set of papers!!

All checked out and we then received the Document Receipt which included details of the DHL number. He advised it would be 6to8 weeks but I have seen from other comments that it may only be 2to3 weeks.

All took about 10 to 15 minutes and very efficient process.

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Some information about the Trendy UK passport renewal procedure that may be of use to someone.

I live very close to the area, so am able to make an appointment for pretty much any time on almost any day. I emailed them today, Thursday 13th August, asking for 10am to 3.30pm on either August 17th, 18th or 19th.

There was an instant automated reply indicating my email had been received, and about an hour later I was sent an email giving me an appointment on Tues August 18th at 11am- couldn't get much quicker than that!

I walked over to the building to start getting the photos and passport colour photocopies that you need, as it's been posted that those facilities are available on the ground floor.

Since I was there anyway I asked at the VFS reception kiosk in the lobby on the off chance that I could get the forms for renewal application and credit card payment without the hassle of going to an internet cafe to print them out (I don't have my own printer). After they saw the appointment verification email on my phone, they sent me up to the 28th floor, and after getting queue number and a 3 minute wait I was given the forms and a handwritten note about what documents I should bring next week from a fluent and pleasant young woman using a pencil with a plastic cow on a spring bobbing on the end of it. So far couldn't be better.

Downstairs there are several visa service businesses, many of which do photographs, and one with a lot of Korean writing on the window that does colour photocopies at 25B a sheet, so I got my entire old passport copied for 425B.

The only sllght problem occurred with the passport photos.The UK guidelines are very specific about the face size and the colour of the background.

I went to a place immediately adjacent to a small coffee shop called Coffee Wings, just to the right of the main entrance, that had several photo examples with 'UK' written underneath them taped on the wall. It was 250 baht for 6 photos, not cheap, but OK. I showed them the diagram specifying that the head from crown to chin must measure 29 to 34 mm and they looked at it with interest (but not with much recognition) and said we can do it . They then took a photo, in a fairly random manner, immediately printed it out and the head was 37mm crown to chin. They were obviously not carrying out any recognisable procedure for sizing the photo correctly.

Now they were very nice, but very Thai. They first said it does not matter, is OK, no-one ever complain. I said but I can't risk it, I don't want to have to get another appointment or waste a month waiting if the photos are no good and they get sent back from the UK. They then said well you have long head so it's hard (!) At this point I said in a mildly exasperated tone -but you said that you could do it like the picture I showed you! I thought you have software that you can just change the head size!

They replied something like "oh we are only small place, don't have, but we do again for you, but this paper expensive!" They took another picture, then showed me the screen on the camera and asked if it was the right size now! I explained that you can't tell, it depends how you print it. They agreed, and took another a bit further away. At this point I was kind of amused, and just thought it's only 250 Baht, I'll just go somewhere else afterwards. They printed the second lot out and they were 33mm crown to chin. Success, but by trial and error!

We parted on good terms with them obviously thinking I was nuts to insist on a specific head size, but what can you do with foreigners, and me thanking them effusively for doing a second set of prints how I wanted rather than how they wanted...

So you have to choose the right place on the ground floor if you want photos done exactly as the UK guidelines specify-don't assume because a photo shop is in the building that they are necessarily familiar with the UK specifications or how to achieve them!

All in all though it was easy and quick, and I now have everything assembled and ready to go.

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Just checking if any guys living here have two British passports and they have recently renewed one of the two at Trendy.

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