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Consular Assistance 2014/15

British ConsulateThese 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

British ConsulateThe 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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Track your UK passport application

British ConsulateIf you have applied online for your British passport then you can now track your passport online. Note that it will require you to wait 3 weeks from when you posted your documents and you will require certain information from your form.

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UK State Pension if you retire abroad

British ConsulateIf you are retired and wish to draw your UK pension in a foreign country then this can be done. Note however that there is a limitation on increases in your pension when you live outside the UK or outside of the European Economic Area or Switzerland. Most British expats tend to retire in Thailand and the Philippines and these are excluded from increases, as well as Australia and New Zealand.

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Singapore : Local Customs and Laws

British ConsulateIf you are considering moving to Singapore then consider some of the following customs and laws of the country. You can contact the British High Commission in Singapore for more direction and advice or speak to a local attorney at a Singaporean law firm as listed on this website.

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Strange Laws and customs abroad

British ConsulateGoing 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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