April 30, 2015

End of Temporary Passport Extension

This post was written by: Ravinder Kaur

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From 10 April 2015, British citizens living abroad will no longer need a temporary passport extension stamp and can instead apply to renew their passports in the standard way.

In June 2014 the Home Secretary introduced a temporary passport extension stamp that had the effect of extending a passport for 12 months. The reason behind introducing such a stamp was to prevent travel disruption during a time when Her Majesty’s Passport Office received a high level of requests to renew passports.

Now that demand has reached normal levels once more, a stamp will no longer be used and instead Her Majesty’s Passport Office will be contacting individuals with a temporary passport extension stamp, 2 months before the stamp is due to expire. This is to encourage individuals to renew their passports.

If individuals provide Her Majesty’s Passport Office with the requisite correct documentation within 6 weeks of being contacted by them, they will provide a seven day working service to produce the new passports.

To see turnaround times for different countries, click here.

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