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Reduction in passport fees for UK citizens overseas
This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government
The passport fee for customers applying for a UK passport from overseas will be reduced by £45 for adults and £28.50 for children from 7 April 2014.
As part of the repatriation process, the Regional Passport Processing Centre in Washington closed in November 2013, and the last overseas passport was issued in New Zealand on 7 March 2014. As a result, Her Majesty’s Passport Office in the UK is now the sole provider of passport services for British nationals. The resulting efficiency savings have enabled a reduction in price in order to give the fee payer better value for money.
John L. Smith, Consular Regional Director for North America and the Caribbean said:
This price reduction will be welcomed by all British expats in the region. With the cost of an emergency travel document at £95, it makes even more sense for British nationals to keep their passports up to date rather than dealing with the stress of having an expired passport when there is a sudden need to travel and relying on an emergency document for a single journey.
The new passport fees from 7 April are:
|Passport||Current Fee||New Fee||Reduction|
|Adult 32 page||£128.00||£83.00||£45.00|
|Child 32 page||£81.50||£53.00||£28.50|
|Veteran 32 page||£0.00||£0.00||£0.00|
|Jumbo 48 page (child/adult/veteran)||£154.50||£91.00||£63.50|
Additionally, you can now apply online for your passport and track your application if you pay by credit card.
Further information on British passports is available from Her Majesty’s Passport Office at GOV.UK/HMPO or from the Passport Advice Line at +44 300 222 0000.