British Expatriates & Holiday Makers

Celebration of 40 years in Vietnam

Biggest problem with British abroad? They have a tendency to forgetting where they left their passports. Fair enough I am certain that many countries target British nationals abroad so they can grab their passport. I am told that a stolen EU passport has value on the black market, so be very careful where you take out your passport while on holiday or as an expatriate.

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Consular Assistance

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The as listed below would be for April 2013 and may change by the time you read this. The have been listed for each country here in the local currency as of April 2013. Call the relevant embassy to find out what their new fees may be. Again these PDF documents are only good as at the time of this post. The consular fees are listed as follows by each country and the government keeps it up to date every 2-3 months. See listing on this website for registering a marriage, birth, death or obtaining a new passport.

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UK Fiancee Visa

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If you are going to be getting married to a foreign national and wish to take her back to the UK then she will need to apply for a UK Fiancee Visa to enter the United Kingdom. These are the requirements for the UK Fiancee Visa for your fiancee or girlfriend that you are wanting to bring back to the United Kingdom.

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Renew British Passport

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You need to complete the forms correctly as 1 in every 8 applications for a British passport which needs to be renewed is rejected as being incomplete. There are a number of forms each for a different type of passport depending on your age or if it is a ‘Smart’ passport or not. They are listed below with the documents linked from the Home Affairs website.

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British Born Abroad

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If your child or children are born outside of the UK and you are British, you can now register the birth of the child at the nearest consulate in your country of stay or if there is no such service then you can contact our consular department in London if you’ve returned to the UK. You don’t have to do this, but if you do your child will have a British style document and details of the birth will be held at the General Register Office in the United Kingdom.

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Getting an Emergency Travel Document

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Note that an emergency travel document lets you leave another country if you can’t get a new or replacement British passport in time to travel. This would normally be called consular services and you need to contact the British Embassy or British Consulate in the country where you had lost your passport.

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Passport Fees for British Overseas

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The cost of obtaining a British passport for those British nationals overseas has been reduced by 35%. Personally I don’t understand with all the changes that have made when applying for a passport in order to save costs, then reduce the fees. Personally I would prefer they kept the cost the same and made the process more convenient as it was before.

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BNO Visa Free Countries

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If you hold onto a BNO passport then you can enter the UK for 6 months without the need for a visa. The following countries also do not require a visa when traveling on a BNO passport. The listing is from the older British government website which no long holds any BNO information. If you have any questions about your BNO renewal then you should contact the British Embassy in Hong Kong for more information.

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