For those of you needing to renew your passport (adult or child) or have had a child in Australia that you now need to get a passport for, here is what to do. From January 2014, the process of applying for a British passport got super easy.
The British Government website advises that it takes about 4 weeks to receive your new passport, so don't make any plans to travel until you have received your new passport(s) also, before you travel check if you will need a resident return visa.
1. TO MAKE YOUR APPLICATION
Go to the British Government website complete and pay for your application.
You will need to answer a couple of question regarding your location (Australia), age and whether you are renewing or applying. If you need help, see point 2 below. You will need to contact Australia Post to assist in sending supporting documentation with your declaration.
Then print, sign and send off the declaration, (supporting documentation and passport photos) provided at the end, to the UK.
You’ll have to pay a fee for your passport and a courier fee of £19.86 ($36.15). The courier fee pays for your passport and supporting documents to be sent back to you securely. This table is accurate as at 3 May 2014 check the website for any amendments. Also, the amounts do not include any international fee that may apply from your bank here in Australia.
|Passport type||Passport fee||Total to pay (including courier fee)|
|Adult standard 32-page passport||£83.00 ($151.00)|
|Adult jumbo 48-page passport||£91.00 ($165.61)||£110.86 ($201.75)|
PARTICIPATING OUTLETS ON THE GOLD COAST
What you will need to hand to start your application: