Renewing one’s British passport can be a complicated process, especially if you are based abroad. You may be asking yourself if you need to visit the British Consulate in South Africa?
Luckily, MyBritishPassport is there to help with your passport renewal from South Africa, the USA and Canada.
Working with us means that we check your passport application forms for errors, ensure that your photos are correct and arrange for your old passport to be sent into the passport office.
So, if you are based in South Africa, have you renewed your UK passport yet? If not, you probably have a few questions and this article should help you!
Do I contact the British Consulate in South Africa for my passport renewal?
No, you do not need to contact the British Consulate in South Africa for your British passport renewal.
The only reason you would need to contact the British Consulate (or High Commission or Embassy) is when you require the help of the UK government (eg. if you are in a dangerous situation or need to urgently evacuate).
Other than that, if your passport has been lost or stolen and you’re applying for an emergency passport, you will need to contact your local consulate, high commission or embassy.
When applying for your new passport, you will need to complete the online form.
Your forms, photos and your old passport are then submitted to Her Majesty’s Passport Office for approval.
Assuming that there are no errors on your application, you can expect to receive your new passport within 2 months.
MyBritishPassport can assist you with your passport renewal from South Africa.
We scrutinise your online application forms to make sure that they are error-free and have no omissions.
We also ensure that your digital photos comply with the passport office’s standards and will arrange for your old passport to be sent in via DHL.
Using MyBritishPassport for your UK passport renewal is a great idea because we make things easy, worry-free and keep you updated along the way. There will be no nasty surprises, which is sadly sometimes the case when there is not a set of professional eyes looking over the application.
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How difficult is it to renew my passport from South Africa? Should I rather wait until I visit the UK again?
When applying for a new British passport from South Africa, timing is everything.
MyBritishPassport recommends starting your renewal when your passport has about 6 months validity left on it. This gives the passport office plenty of time to process the new one and allows for the extra time needed to send the passport from the UK to South Africa.
Note that due to the Coronavirus pandemic, things have been moving a little slower at the passport office, which is even more reason to start as soon as you can.
In addition to timing your passport renewal properly, you’ll need to make sure that your old passport reaches the passport office safely. MyBritishPassport uses a reliable courier service for this purpose and advises against using the South African Post Office due to unreliability.
If you normally live in South Africa, MyBritishPassport does not recommend applying for a new passport when you are on holiday in the UK.
It is not a given that the new passport will be processed within the stated timeframe and you may find yourself already having left the UK when the passport arrives.
You would then need to make arrangements for the passport to be couriered to you, which is a very roundabout way of doing things.
Applying from South Africa (if you are a resident there) is much more straightforward and offers fewer risks.
My passport is still the old, maroon colour- can I still use it?
Yes, you can still use your old, maroon-coloured passport, as long as the following is applicable to you:
- Your passport is not about to expire (ie. it has more than 6 months’ validity remaining)
- The passport is not older than 10 years
- It is not damaged and the pages are still in tact
Immigration officials around the world are aware that the UK has only just recently introduced a new colour passport and that many travellers will still hold valid, maroon passports.
The maroon passports are still perfectly good travel documents and you can use yours until it expires.
Of course, when you get a new passport, it will be in the new, blue colour.
Bear in mind that when you travel to the EU, as a British citizen, you may only stay for up to 90 days (if you are there on holiday). You may also be questioned by the border official regarding the nature of your stay and you might need to provide proof of a return flight.
Traveling to the EU for work or study purposes now requires a visa.
MyBritishPassport specialises in British Passport renewals and replacements from South Africa.