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Renewing a UK passport from Thailand

Post by Terry » Tue Dec 02, 2014 2:39 pm

I will soon be renewing my old passport which is full.

OK - so I have an appointment at the 'Trendy' building, got my forms all filled in, photos endorsed etc.

Can't find how to PAY for it.

As far as I know, they don't take cash and I want to use my Bangkok Bank Credit Card

Has anyone else done this recently?????

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Post by STEVE G » Tue Dec 02, 2014 3:14 pm

They just seem to have this form on the website for credit card payments:
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/s ... _07.13.pdf

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Post by Skmly » Tue Dec 02, 2014 6:59 pm

Terry

Not sure if you have the info yet. My wife applied for her 1st UK passport in May. The passport office in UK phoned me and took payment over the phone. They did not take the funds at the embassy at the time of application.
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Post by Pagey » Tue Dec 02, 2014 7:54 pm

I did it for my sons UK passport in July and I had to complete the form that Steve attached the link to. I gave my UK Barclays Connect Visa card details. Took all the forms to the Trendy building (19th ? floor) and about a week later my account was debited and about 7 weeks later we were informed the passport was ready for collection.
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Re: RENEWING MY UK PASSPORT

Post by Pleng » Wed Dec 03, 2014 8:01 am

Terry wrote:I will soon be renewing my old passport which is full.

OK - so I have an appointment at the 'Trendy' building, got my forms all filled in, photos endorsed etc.
Hi Terry. Do you have any link to what the current process is for actually doing this? I've done a little search but I've found a lot of conflicting information. I gather that your current visa and permit to stay gets transferred across to your new passport, but I also read somewhere that it can take up to two months to get the new passport (!) - if true, what happens if your permit-to-stay expires whilst the process is taking place.

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Post by lomuamart » Wed Dec 03, 2014 8:45 am

Unfortunately, I reckon the permit to stay is knackered if the timing dosn't work.
Maybe Imm might take pity but don't count on it.

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Re: RENEWING MY UK PASSPORT

Post by Terry » Wed Dec 03, 2014 9:22 am

Thanks for all the replies folks.

Steve - thanks for the link - I had seen it before but for some reason I could not find it again.

Skmly - I am aware that they do not take the funds at the time of lodging the application

Pagey - I am aware of the process but here's the rub - and the reason for the question - I don't believe in credit cards, in my first life, my partner was addicted to their use so I despise them. Unfortunately the world is becoming a place where you cannot exist without one. So now I hold a THB card from Bangkok Bank. This is Visa but I cannot get a straight answer from them if I can charge Pounds Sterling to it. I'm getting my office staff here in BKK to check - but the answers are conflicting.

So - Has anyone with a Thai issued Visa card successfully charged a foreign currency to it?
I believe you can - but T.I.T....................


Pleng - I believe - as Lomu has confirmed - you are stuffed if you get the timing wrong

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Re: RENEWING MY UK PASSPORT

Post by Big Boy » Wed Dec 03, 2014 9:31 am

Terry wrote:So - Has anyone with a Thai issued Visa card successfully charged a foreign currency to it?
I believe you can - but T.I.T....................
Don't places like Tesco offer the opportunity to have your card charged in whatever currency you prefer? Or is that only foreign cards?
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Re: RENEWING MY UK PASSPORT

Post by Terry » Wed Dec 03, 2014 9:55 am

Since my last post

Bangkok Bank inquiries have confirmed that it can be done. A buddy of mine told me that he did it too.

I guess that I am just paranoid....................

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Post by Bristolian » Wed Dec 03, 2014 9:56 am

^^I use both personal and company, Bangkok Bank, Visa cards when I am travelling and when purchasing goods online. I've never had a problem with any foreign currency
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Post by Terry » Wed Dec 03, 2014 10:26 am

Thank you Bristolian - my level of paranoia is decreasing now.

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Re: RENEWING MY UK PASSPORT

Post by Pleng » Wed Dec 03, 2014 10:37 am

Good luck Terry. Can you let me know how long it took for your new passport to arrive, when all is done and dusted.

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Re: RENEWING MY UK PASSPORT

Post by NOKYAI » Wed Dec 03, 2014 10:42 am

The UK used to do passports with extra pages in them, are these still available as living here you seem to get through them rather quickly?
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Re: RENEWING MY UK PASSPORT

Post by russ » Wed Dec 03, 2014 11:21 am

I have got my new passport they take credit cards and debit cards you have to pay for new passport at tready building plus dhl courier fee you keep your old passport until you get your new one them you go to hua hin have your visa changed in to your new passport 500 bht start to finnish 8 weeks but no smilling in photos they sent my photos back had to send 2 new ones not smilling really

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Re: RENEWING MY UK PASSPORT

Post by Pleng » Wed Dec 03, 2014 12:20 pm

russ wrote:you keep your old passport until you get your new
You keep your old passport? Do they do anything to make the passport 'inactive' or do you keep it as-is? Would it be possible, for instance, to apply for a new passport, but still leave the country on your old passport, and come back in on a new tourist visa or 30-day entry stamp?

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