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Passport application changes for Brits living abroad

  • Published: Tuesday, 9 November 2010

If you live abroad the way you get a passport, and where you need to apply, is changing. From now on, rather than sending your application to your nearest British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate, you need to send it to one of seven Regional Passport Processing Centres.

Regional Passport Processing Centres

How to apply for a British passport from abroad

The seven new Regional Passport Processing Centres have been set up in:

  • Düsseldorf
  • Hong Kong
  • Madrid
  • Paris
  • Pretoria
  • Washington
  • Wellington

So from now, rather than sending your application to your nearest embassy, high commission or consulate, you need to send it to the nearest of these Regional Passport Processing Centres.

The full addresses of these centres can be found by following the link below. You can also find further information on how to apply for a British passport depending on which country you are in.

Urgent passport applications

The new process applies only for standard applications.

If you need to travel urgently but don’t have a full passport (including if you have applied for a new one and have not yet received it) contact your local British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate. They may be able to provide you with an emergency travel document.

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