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Recent changes to passport services and adoption legislation

New procedures for applications for passports and adoption in Tanzania.

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The Department for Education (DfE) has introduced new adoption legislation and revoked the old adoption legislation. Tanzania is not included in the new adoption Order 2013.

“The Department for Education (DfE) has now introduced new adoption legislation (the adoption Order 2013) and revoked the old adoption legislation (the ‘designated list’). Tanzania is not included in the new adoption Order 2013. Domestic adoption orders made in Tanzania on or after 3 January 2014 will no longer be automatically recognised in England and Wales and Scotland and these children will no longer have an automatic entitlement to British nationality through their adoptive parents. If British prospective adopters wish to adopt in Tanzania and then return to the UK with the child they will need to complete the domestic adoption process, apply for a UK visa for the child and then apply for a UK adoption order on their return to the UK.

You should contact UK Visas and Immigration and the Department for Education for more information.”

All new applications for full British passports from 8th October to be done by HM Passport Office in the UK.

We are making important changes to the way we deliver British passports. The UK government’s goal is to ensure that all British nationals living overseas receive a consistent, trusted, secure and efficient service whilst keeping the costs as low as possible. In order to do that responsibility for issuing passports overseas passed from the Foreign Office and its posts overseas to Her Majesty’s Passport Office – an Agency of the Home Office, which already handles all passport applications from people living in the UK.

From 8 October 2013, British nationals in Tanzania will submit passport applications to Her Majesty’s Passport Office in the UK for processing. All the information needed to complete the passport application process will be available on the website at overseas-passports. 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 Her Majesty’s Passport Office needs to request further information. Travel should not be booked until the new passport has been issued and received by the applicant. The British Government cannot accept responsibility for costs incurred if travel is booked and subsequently cancelled before the passport has been received. The new passport and supporting documents will be delivered separately by DHL to the address you provided in your application.

If you need to travel urgently but your normal passport is not available, you should contact the nearest Consular Assistance team in Tanzania. 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. So the best course of action is to apply as early as possible, and to make sure that you follow the new guidelines.

Please note that our Diplomatic Mission is not able to take calls about individual passport applications and Consular staff cannot countersign passport applications. If you cannot find the information you need on the website, please contact the Passport Advice Line on +44 300 222 0000 or email

Published 30 January 2014