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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.

I renewed both of mine at Trendy within 6 weeks of each other at the start of this year. I needed a letter from my agency for each renewal explaining the need as well as mentioning the 'second' passport in the 'additional comments' part of each application. I retained both 'old' passports while the new ones were being made and sent from the UK although I understand they may have recently changed that procedure and allow old passport retention on the first renewal only with the second renewal requiring that the old passport be submitted with the application.

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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.

I renewed both of mine at Trendy within 6 weeks of each other at the start of this year. I needed a letter from my agency for each renewal explaining the need as well as mentioning the 'second' passport in the 'additional comments' part of each application. I retained both 'old' passports while the new ones were being made and sent from the UK although I understand they may have recently changed that procedure and allow old passport retention on the first renewal only with the second renewal requiring that the old passport be submitted with the application.

Yes that appears to be the deal as per the mail I received from Liverpool recently. I will get the full story on Thursday but I will take the mails that I received from the UK to show Trendy as they may not be up to speed on the two passport renewals. On the passport that will be sent to the UK they confirmed they will chop the corner and return with the new one.

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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.

I renewed both of mine at Trendy within 6 weeks of each other at the start of this year. I needed a letter from my agency for each renewal explaining the need as well as mentioning the 'second' passport in the 'additional comments' part of each application. I retained both 'old' passports while the new ones were being made and sent from the UK although I understand they may have recently changed that procedure and allow old passport retention on the first renewal only with the second renewal requiring that the old passport be submitted with the application.

Yes that appears to be the deal as per the mail I received from Liverpool recently. I will get the full story on Thursday but I will take the mails that I received from the UK to show Trendy as they may not be up to speed on the two passport renewals. On the passport that will be sent to the UK they confirmed they will chop the corner and return with the new one.

Why does one of your passports (as opposed to copies of it) need to be sent to the UK?

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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.

I renewed both of mine at Trendy within 6 weeks of each other at the start of this year. I needed a letter from my agency for each renewal explaining the need as well as mentioning the 'second' passport in the 'additional comments' part of each application. I retained both 'old' passports while the new ones were being made and sent from the UK although I understand they may have recently changed that procedure and allow old passport retention on the first renewal only with the second renewal requiring that the old passport be submitted with the application.

Yes that appears to be the deal as per the mail I received from Liverpool recently. I will get the full story on Thursday but I will take the mails that I received from the UK to show Trendy as they may not be up to speed on the two passport renewals. On the passport that will be sent to the UK they confirmed they will chop the corner and return with the new one.

Why does one of your passports (as opposed to copies of it) need to be sent to the UK?

Maybe it is a change of policy or he is replacing BOTH passports at the same time? Mine were done separately so I kept both 'old' ones while the new ones were being issued and the Trendy staff lopped the corners off the old ones after I had verified the new passports were correct.

If it is a simultaneous renewal, then the applicant can retain the 'old' passport that enables/qualifies his presence in Thailand and according to Thai law, needs to be in the aliens possession. The other old one doesn't have any legal requirement to be retained so can be surrendered at the time of application?

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Just for the record I only renewed one of my two passports, not both at the same time.

I just left Trendy not long ago and the application was completed in 15 min, very simple process with no issues.

As previously stated I sent a mail to Liverpool last week asking what the procedure was when renewing one of the two passports and they sent a mail back with the following information.

1. On the passport I wish to renew it needs to be sent with the application, and will be returned with the new one.

2. On the other passport I need to copy every page and submit with the application.

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Just for the record I only renewed one of my two passports, not both at the same time.

I just left Trendy not long ago and the application was completed in 15 min, very simple process with no issues.

As previously stated I sent a mail to Liverpool last week asking what the procedure was when renewing one of the two passports and they sent a mail back with the following information.

1. On the passport I wish to renew it needs to be sent with the application, and will be returned with the new one.

2. On the other passport I need to copy every page and submit with the application.

What happens if your Thai Visa's are in the one you send to UK?

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I handed in my UK passport renewal application at VFS, Trendy building on the morning of August 18th, and have just got a phone call saying the passport is ready to collect.

Can't complain about a two week turnaround time!

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Just for the record I only renewed one of my two passports, not both at the same time.

I just left Trendy not long ago and the application was completed in 15 min, very simple process with no issues.

As previously stated I sent a mail to Liverpool last week asking what the procedure was when renewing one of the two passports and they sent a mail back with the following information.

1. On the passport I wish to renew it needs to be sent with the application, and will be returned with the new one.

2. On the other passport I need to copy every page and submit with the application.

What happens if your Thai Visa's are in the one you send to UK?

I am sure if you was holding two passports you would know the score.

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Just for the record I only renewed one of my two passports, not both at the same time.

I just left Trendy not long ago and the application was completed in 15 min, very simple process with no issues.

As previously stated I sent a mail to Liverpool last week asking what the procedure was when renewing one of the two passports and they sent a mail back with the following information.

1. On the passport I wish to renew it needs to be sent with the application, and will be returned with the new one.

2. On the other passport I need to copy every page and submit with the application.

What happens if your Thai Visa's are in the one you send to UK?

I am sure if you was holding two passports you would know the score.

No idea - do tell - it may help others that have two passports.

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Just for the record I only renewed one of my two passports, not both at the same time.

I just left Trendy not long ago and the application was completed in 15 min, very simple process with no issues.

As previously stated I sent a mail to Liverpool last week asking what the procedure was when renewing one of the two passports and they sent a mail back with the following information.

1. On the passport I wish to renew it needs to be sent with the application, and will be returned with the new one.

2. On the other passport I need to copy every page and submit with the application.

What happens if your Thai Visa's are in the one you send to UK?

I am sure if you was holding two passports you would know the score.

On the 27th August I went to Trendy to renew one of my two passports. Today they sent me a letter that my new passport was ready for collection.

The whole process was trouble free with no issues noted.

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Does anyone know if a Krungthai bank visa debit card,would be acceptable as payment to the HMPO to renew a British passport

Thanks

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Well, I eventually got a new UK passport for my girl, it arrived today after 1.5 years since I first started considering how to go about it (her resident in Thai and me living and working overseas).

We relocated to Singapore last year and my daughter came back to live with us, being granted a dependents pass.

Applied on line in Singapore.

It took 1 week to process in the UK and arrived here by DHL. So glad that we avoided:-

  1. The fiasco of passports being issued last year, what was it, three months waiting time at one point? (I hope heads did roll).
  2. The fiasco of having to apply via 1 x office for the whole of Thailand (OK if you nearby but pants if you are miles away).

Last year I did write several letters to complain about the above issues, plus emails and a couple of phone calls.

Cheers

Good result.

They (UKPA) have obviously responded well, I had a passport come back in 8 working days.

Note: Nobody needs to travel to Bangkok (twice) to achieve renewal of their passport'

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Cheer's.

Took about a year and a half to get to this point, a shift from KL to Singapore for job change.

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Does anyone know if a Krungthai bank visa debit card,would be acceptable as payment to the HMPO to renew a British passport

Thanks

Very much doubt it - have one myself, it doesn't have one's name/and card number in raised letters, which seem to be the mark of the 'gold standard' for internationally functioning debit cards.

We know that the Kasikorn K Web Shopping Card has worked with HMPO, (obtainable only with a Kasikorn Saving Account plus Internet banking), but that the SCB Virtual Credit Card doesn't (or didn't when I last checked with them a few months ago).

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