FCO British Assistance Abroad

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If you enjoyed the last update on the British Abroad series then these are the stats for 2015 for consular assistance while abroad issued by the Foreign Office. Some changes to the stats however very interesting considering how certain locations had changed.

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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 ...

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BNO Renewal in Hong Kong

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In 2012 the South China Morning Post wrote a good article on BNO renewal and how this affects the more than 3.4 million citizens of Hong Kong. You can renew your BNO status even when your passport has expired however it does come at a price.

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Consular Assistance

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The as listed below would be for January 2015 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 ...

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Marriage Abroad

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You can’t register a marriage which occurred overseas at a register office in the UK. You can however apply to have your marriage documents from that country certified and sent then only deposited with the General Register Office (GRO) in the UK. You can then get copies of your marriage or civil partnership record more easily.

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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 ...

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UK Spouse Visa

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If you are married to a foreign national or married to a British citizen then the UK spouse visa is what you need to settle in the UK. If you want to bring her back to the UK then there are a number of requirements which would need to be met. The following is the basics with the forms needed ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Strange laws and customs abroad

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Going abroad normally works out well however problem do occur where people do not always understand the local customs or laws. This might seem strange however the FCO has made an info-graphic of some of these customs to keep Brits abroad out of trouble.

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British Embassy Bangkok – Insurance

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The British Embassy in Bangkok has again brought up the issue of consular assistance as well as the lack of insurance under expats in Thailand. The message from the Embassy in February 2016 is very similar to the British Assistance abroad publication from the CFO which looks at where and what type of consular assistance if needed abroad.

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Death in Hong Kong (Expat & Tourist Information)

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If someone has died while in Hong Kong then you will need to contact the British Consulate in Hong Kong for assistance. They do provide consular assistance for family members of those who had died. Below is a list of what they can and cannot do. There is also a list of undertakers and estimated cost of repatriation of the mortal ...

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TB testing in Hong Kong

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If you are are a resident of Hong Kong and you wish to visit the UK for more than 6 months then you will need to have a TB test done in Hong Kong. The British Consulate in Hong Kong has listed the following clinics for the TB testing. Note that you will need the test for your UK visa ...

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Translators and Interpreters in Hong Kong

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The following list are a list of translators in Hong Kong. This list is not an endorsement of these companies and merely a courtesy of listing many of them. See the list of law firms in Hong Kong on this website as well as the British Consulate in Hong Kong. If you are going to renew your BNO passport then ...

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Law Firms in Hong Kong

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The British Consulate provides a list of a number of law firms located in Hong Kong. These law firms are only listed as a courtesy and does not signal approval or endorsement of these law firms. The British High Commission and Embassies also listed a few others including Lawyers in Thailand as well as Lawyers in Zimbabwe amongst others.

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Notarial Services in Hong Kong

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The British Consulate in Hong Kong can provide a range of notarial and documentary services for British nationals in Hong Kong and Macao. Note however that they will not provide the service where others can provide it. See the list of Notaries in Hong Kong listed below.

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UK visa in Hong Kong

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If you are wanting to visit or settle in the UK then you would need to contact the Visa Centre in Hong Kong to make your visa application for the UK while in Hong Kong. This can be found online as is shown below.

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British Consulate General in Auckland

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The contact details for the British Consulate in Auckland has been listed below with a map and contact details. You can also look for assistance at the British High Commission in Wellington as well. Note that the consulate cannot assist with everything such as a public notary. You will need to find a New Zealand law firm for this.

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