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Old Sep 3rd 2009, 12:18 am
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Passport prices change on 3 September. More here.

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Old Sep 3rd 2009, 1:30 am
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Passport prices change on 3 September. More here.

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The price seems to go up almost every month. It was $186 in April, $199 in May,$211 in June. and $212 in September.

No wonder we can't afford to renew our passports.
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Old Sep 3rd 2009, 3:11 am
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The price seems to go up almost every month. It was $186 in April, $199 in May,$211 in June. and $212 in September.

No wonder we can't afford to renew our passports.
I'll just use my US one when the UK one expires. Eff them!
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Old Sep 3rd 2009, 12:04 pm
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need to renew both the kids passports by March....off to take out another mortgage to cover the cost
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Old Sep 3rd 2009, 1:35 pm
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The price seems to go up almost every month. It was $186 in April, $199 in May,$211 in June. and $212 in September.

No wonder we can't afford to renew our passports.
Exactly what I was thinking....this post was like deja-vu from last month.
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I was going to get the kid a UK passport but now I'm not sure I'll bother. Or maybe I'll just get the passport and forget the registration.
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Just give us a heads up when they become affordable again....
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Looking at things, for an adult passport it's about $100 cheaper to apply in person on a visit to the UK. Then you either have it sitting in the UK waiting for you to pick it up, somebody to bring it to you or somebody to mail it. Even if you didn't do that it's the same price to do a 1 day express service in the UK!
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My passport is due for renewal in June, when I will be in the US. Kids due for renewal following Spring. Why are UK passports so expensive? Didn't the prices just go up not so long ago?
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My passport is due for renewal in June, when I will be in the US. Kids due for renewal following Spring. Why are UK passports so expensive? Didn't the prices just go up not so long ago?
If you're in the UK at the moment you can renew it now. You can carry up to 9 months over on to your new passport but that doesn't stop you renewing it earlier.

See: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAn...port/DG_174096



EDIT: If' you're going to be in the US when your Kids' passports expire it might be as well to renew theirs now too, despite the fact you'll lose 6 months or so. Saves having to worry about sorting it all on a trip back to the UK or doing it from a British Embassy in the US...

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The price seems to go up almost every month. It was $186 in April, $199 in May,$211 in June. and $212 in September.

No wonder we can't afford to renew our passports.
Ever heard of this magical thing called 'the exchange rate'?
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Ever heard of this magical thing called 'the exchange rate'?
Yes, but I fail to see why that should be a factor, firstly the PP is produced in the US, secondly the 2009 price increases have no relation to the actual USD vs. GBP FX rate.

I'm going with the simpler suggestion that the consulate is screwing expats because they can.

"British Consul" can you repudiate my claim and explain why these huge increases bear no relation to the FX rate?
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Old Sep 3rd 2009, 4:25 pm
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Yes, but I fail to see why that should be a factor, firstly the PP is produced in the US, secondly the 2009 price increases have no relation to the actual USD vs. GBP FX rate.

I'm going with the simpler suggestion that the consulate is screwing expats because they can.

"British Consul" can you repudiate my claim and explain why these huge increases bear no relation to the FX rate?
It was explained as not being the cost of the passport, but the processing fee, economy of scale, it would be cheaper if they were sent to the UK.

Doesn't make it not shite though.
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Originally Posted by Duncan Roberts View Post
Looking at things, for an adult passport it's about $100 cheaper to apply in person on a visit to the UK. Then you either have it sitting in the UK waiting for you to pick it up, somebody to bring it to you or somebody to mail it. Even if you didn't do that it's the same price to do a 1 day express service in the UK!
Before we moved, I always used to do the same day thing in the UK, mainly because I didn't like putting my passport in the post. Assuming nothing's changed when mine comes up for renewal, that's what I'll do. But as it's 9 years away, anything could have happened by then!
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