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Changes to passport services for British nationals in Belgium

This world location news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The British government is making important changes to passport services for British nationals living overseas.

From 3 June 2013 the application process will be centralised and British nationals living in Belgium will have to submit their passport application to Her Majesty’s Passport Office in the UK.

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. All British passports have enhanced sophisticated security features designed to reduce the likelihood of identity theft and passport fraud.

All the information required to make an application will be found at the overseas passports section of this website. Applicants will be required to send their applications to the Passport Customer Service Centre in Durham.  There will be no change to processing times.

Fees charged to British nationals applying overseas are based on the current costs of providing the service. As overseas volumes are much less than UK volumes it is harder to gain efficiencies overseas.  That is why we have taken the decision to repatriate the issuing of passports to British nationals overseas to the UK.  Once this has been completed Her Majesty’s Passport Office will be seeking to create closer alignment between the two sets of fees.

The contact number for the British Consulate in Brussels is 0032(0)2 287 6211. You can find out more about the British Embassy to Belgium on our website, on Facebook and on Twitter.