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 via online or postal application. Many of the rules and processes have been changed and still more changes as the FCO cuts budgets.

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British nationals in Zimbabwe

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15 November 2017: Due to the uncertain political situation in Harare, including reports of unusual military activity, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office recommend British nationals currently in Harare to remain safely at home or in their accommodation until the situation becomes clearer. You can contact the British High Commission in Zimbabwe for consular assistance and monitor the latest news for any ...

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Residents in Hong Kong Seek British Passports

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Now 20 years since its return to China, Hong Kong residents are again rushing to secure British passports as a safety net in the event of more possible problems ahead such as social unrest or the erosion of civil liberties in Hong Kong. With  the “occupy” street protests of 2014, and increasing calls for independence more residents in Hong Kong are ...

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Tuberculosis testing in India

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If you are going to the UK for more than 6 months you will need to have a TB test done in India. Only certain hospitals and clinics in India are allowed to do the testing for the British Government. These have been added below for each region. Note that this is part of the UK visa application process and ...

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TB test in Vietnam

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You you are getting married in Vietnam and are applying for a UK Marriage Visa or a UK fiancee visa then your Vietnamese fiancee or wife will need to have a TB test as part of the application process. There are only 2 hospitals in Vietnam who are authorised to provide the testing for the British Embassy in Hanoi and ...

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Marriage in Vietnam – Affirmation

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If you are getting married in Vietnam then you will need certain documents for the government. The process is a bit more complicated than in Cambodia or Thailand. Below are the documents that would be need to register your marriage to a Vietnamese. You can also contact the British Embassy in Vietnam for more assistance with your marriage registration. Once ...

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TB Test in Cambodia

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If you get married in Cambodia then you will need to apply for a UK Spouse visa for your Cambodian wife. She will however require a TB test in order to obtain the UK visa and you can find the requirements for the TB test in Cambodia listed below. Note that the British Embassy in Cambodia will give you a ...

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Marriage in Cambodia – Affirmation

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Much like getting married in Thailand, the process for getting married in Cambodia is very similar. The process has been added below so you can find it easy to follow and register your marriage in Cambodia most likely in Phnom Penh the Capital city of Cambodia. You can find the contact details for the British Embassy in Cambodia elsewhere on ...

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Marriage in Thailand – Affirmation

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If you are getting married in Thailand (See also here) then you will need to complete the following process for the British Embassy in Bangkok in order to get married. This is from the British FCO in the United Kingdom. There is a PDF made for this process while in Thailand.

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British Consulates in America

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If you are in America then the contact details for the Consulates are listed below otherwise use the search engine in the side bar. Note that if you want to renew your British passport that you will need to contact the British Embassy in Washington for assistance as the Consulates do not provide any assistance in this regards, only consular ...

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