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Changes to British Passport Services in Ethiopia

We are making important changes to the way we deliver British passports.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

HM Passport Office

From 8 October 2013, you should submit passport applications to Her Majesty’s Passport Office in the UK for processing. All the information needed to complete the passport application process, is available on the GOV.UK website at: Overseas Passports

If you cannot find the information you need on the GOV.UK website, please contact the Passport Adviceline on +44 300 222 0000.

You should avoid leaving applying for your passport until the last minute. You can apply to renew your passport at any time. Any remaining validity up to nine months will be transferred from your old passport to your new one.

If you are renewing your passport, you should allow at least four weeks from the date the fee is taken and all the correct documentation has been received. If you are applying for the first time or you are replacing a lost or stolen passport, you should allow at least six weeks. Your application may take longer if HM Passport Office needs to request further information.

You should not book travel until you have received your new passport. The British Government cannot accept responsibility for costs incurred if travel is booked and subsequently cancelled before the passport has been received.

Your passport and supporting documents will be delivered to the British Diplomatic Mission in Addis Ababa - you must collect them in person. We will contact you - using the details in your application form - when your passport and documents are ready to collect. You must bring photo ID with you.


The Home Office is the lead government department on nationality matters. If you have an enquiry about eligibility for British citizenship or nationality, information can be found at: British Passport Eligibility.


If you need to travel urgently but your normal passport is not available, you should contact the nearest Consular Assistance team at the British Embassy in Addis Ababa. In certain circumstances our staff may be able to issue an Emergency Travel Document but this is not a substitute for a full UK passport.

Published 11 October 2013