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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Consular Assistance 2014/15

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These are the stats released by the FCO for consular assistance over the 2014/15 period. You will note that the stats for assistance is very high however it has come down a bit. You can read the full documents on this website for more information here.

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BNO does not need visa for Schengen area

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The German Embassy in Hong Kong confirms on their website that BN(O), HKSAR or Macau SAR passport do not need a visa to visit the Schengen Area as a tourist for up to 90 days in any 6-month period. You may however not take up employment while in the Schengen area.

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Current wait times for UK visa – Hong Kong

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If you are visiting the UK then you should check your status as a Chinese passport is not the same as a BNO passport. The listing below are listed by the FCO but does not take these into account. These are for settlement visas as well as for the UK visitors visa and you should also look at the approximate visa fees.

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Current wait times for UK visa – Thailand

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If you are taking your Thai girlfriend home then you might as well consider the current wait times in Bangkok Thailand. The UK Embassy in Bangkok has the following listed for 2016. The time listing below are for the year 2016. Most of the visa applications are processed very fast. You can see this in details below if you are ...

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Hospitals in Mongolia

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The following hospitals is what the British Embassy in Mongolia has listed as hospitals which expats and tourist may find useful in the event of an accident. These hospitals are not a recommendation and only provided as a service for foreigners in Mongolia.

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British newborn in Singapore

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If you have given birth in Singapore then you will not get much help from the British High Commission in Singapore with the birth registration. The births now have to be done via mail. See British born abroad for the documents and the posting address in the UK to register the birth.

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British Embassy in Tonga

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Please note that there is no British Embassy in Tonga and you will have to obtain advice from the British High Commission in Fiji. Note the emergency telephone number below if you need assistance after being arrested or after being attacked or involved in an accident or the victim of a crime. Note that they do not handle visa inquiries.

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British Embassy in Marshall Islands

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If you are in the Marshall Islands and in need of consulate assistance then you will need to contact the British High commission in Fiji as there is no British Embassy in the Marshall Islands. The details are listed below with other more common information which people are searching for.

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British Embassy in Tuvalu

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There is no British Embassy in Tuvalu and you will need to contact the British High Commission in Fiji for assistance if you are in Tuvalu. The contact details have been added below some other information which you might find useful.

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