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Important change to passport service for British nationals in Japan

The British Government is making important changes to the passport service for British nationals living overseas.

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Important change to passport service for British nationals in Japan

From 10 December 2013, the application process will be centralised and British nationals in Japan should submit their passport application to Her Majesty’s Passport Office in the UK. All the information required to make an application can be found at Applicants will be required to send their applications to the Passport Customer Service Centre in Liverpool. There will be no change to processing times.

This important change follows reviews by the National Audit Office and is designed to achieve economies of scale, greater security and consistency in decision making. Before 10 December 2013, British nationals living in Japan submitted passport applications to a regional processing hub in Hong Kong.

If you have recently submitted your UK passport application, it will still be processed.

Further information

For complaints on passports, please contact the Customer Contact Centre by phone, in writing (letter or fax) or by email at:

Passport Customer Service Centre, PO Box 175, Newport, Gwent, NP20 1XA, United Kingdom

Telephone number: +44 (0) 300 222 0000

Fax number: +44 (0) 1633 473899


Published 11 December 2013