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Old Mar 17th 2009, 10:48 pm
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Prices change on 19 March. More information at www.ukinusa.fco.gov.uk/orlando (look in the latest news from Orlando section).

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Old Mar 17th 2009, 10:55 pm
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Prices change on 19 March. More information at www.ukinusa.fco.gov.uk/orlando (look in the latest news from Orlando section).

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Fast coming to the conclusion that using the price of a Big Mac for comparing the buying power of different currencies could be replaced by the price of a British passport from the local consulate. It would certainly be up-to-date if nothing else.
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Old Mar 18th 2009, 4:43 am
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Fast coming to the conclusion that using the price of a Big Mac for comparing the buying power of different currencies could be replaced by the price of a British passport from the local consulate. It would certainly be up-to-date if nothing else.
At these prices, think we may have the new gold standard. Standard Passport (32 pages)-$185 (+ postage - see below)


"We only issue emergency and temporary passports if other types of passport cannot be printed in time. There is a call out fee for issuing a temporary or emergency passport outside of office hours. You will need to add this fee to the cost of the passport.
Call out fee - $188
The rate is for every hour or part of an hour for each member of our staff.The maximum charge is $1349 in any 24 hour period."
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Old Mar 18th 2009, 5:46 am
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At these prices, think we may have the new gold standard. Standard Passport (32 pages)-$185 (+ postage - see below)


"We only issue emergency and temporary passports if other types of passport cannot be printed in time. There is a call out fee for issuing a temporary or emergency passport outside of office hours. You will need to add this fee to the cost of the passport.
Call out fee - $188
The rate is for every hour or part of an hour for each member of our staff.The maximum charge is $1349 in any 24 hour period."
Passport's worth its weight in gold, it is!

Unsure about the staff (Dean excepted, of course). I'd expect something very special at that rate.
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Originally Posted by frrussre View Post
At these prices, think we may have the new gold standard. Standard Passport (32 pages)-$185 (+ postage - see below)


"We only issue emergency and temporary passports if other types of passport cannot be printed in time. There is a call out fee for issuing a temporary or emergency passport outside of office hours. You will need to add this fee to the cost of the passport.
Call out fee - $188
The rate is for every hour or part of an hour for each member of our staff.The maximum charge is $1349 in any 24 hour period."
It is strange that you would pay more, especially when the British Pound has fallen and the US dollar has rallied. Paying a call out fee and such prices are rediculous. This is not an issuance of some greencard being paid by some foreign nationals, in which case, it is fine to charge a lot. But to our fellow citizens, this is bringing down the value of being a Briton altogether.

I wonder in the very near future, if all passports were "Made in China!" If the US Federal Reserve Bank moved to China and printed the fiat currency there to cut costs of labour, and to bring artificial confidence to China that since the Bank is located in China, they need not worry as the fiat become printed on demand of the Chinese government to repay all the loans to China when push comes to shove?
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I guess you have to look at it as $18.80 per year for a standard adult one. $25 a year for a child's 5 year one is getting into the piss taking territory. Still stings when it costs so much less for other countries or even renewing a UK one in countries other then the US. At least it's $12 cheaper then the Feb prices, $8 fr a child's.
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GREAT! just lost my passport n all! Not even a year old lol
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I guess you have to look at it as $18.80 per year for a standard adult one. $25 a year for a child's 5 year one is getting into the piss taking territory. Still stings when it costs so much less for other countries or even renewing a UK one in countries other then the US. At least it's $12 cheaper then the Feb prices, $8 fr a child's.
The overseas price is the same! No matter where you renew, the conversion back to sterling is a similar amount.
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my kids run out in june... wonder if i should hold on and wait till it goes down more? If i ask dean to give me a call the day before they go up so i can get the application off? yeah yeah..not a bloody hope in hells chance.
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my kids run out in june... wonder if i should hold on and wait till it goes down more? If i ask dean to give me a call the day before they go up so i can get the application off? yeah yeah..not a bloody hope in hells chance.
Can you enter the UK on an expired UK passport? If i were to leave here on the US one and arrive at LHR with an expired UK passport what would they do? Bollock me and let me in to MY country?...No....FINE me thousands and let me in I bet!

Anyone have any experience of this?
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Can you enter the UK on an expired UK passport? If i were to leave here on the US one and arrive at LHR with an expired UK passport what would they do? Bollock me and let me in to MY country?...No....FINE me thousands and let me in I bet!

Anyone have any experience of this?
They would probably give you a huge lecture on how you are supposed to travel on one passport only (i.e. leave the US and enter the UK on the US passport etc etc etc).ou Then give u a slapping and send you to queue up with the non EU peeps.............. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
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Can you enter the UK on an expired UK passport? If i were to leave here on the US one and arrive at LHR with an expired UK passport what would they do? Bollock me and let me in to MY country?...No....FINE me thousands and let me in I bet!

Anyone have any experience of this?
No idea.....My money's on bollocking and a fine (if that).

I do remember once going on a day trip ferry to Calais where someone had not taken his passport.....the guy never got asked for it on the way into France but got a lecture on the way back in to the UK; but they did let him in, no fine (this was in 1993).
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Originally Posted by Deedee13 View Post
my kids run out in june... wonder if i should hold on and wait till it goes down more? If i ask dean to give me a call the day before they go up so i can get the application off? yeah yeah..not a bloody hope in hells chance.
Deedee13,

Prices go up tomorrow. Didn't have your number, so couldn't phone.

Sorry.

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Originally Posted by Muswell Hill View Post
Can you enter the UK on an expired UK passport? If i were to leave here on the US one and arrive at LHR with an expired UK passport what would they do? Bollock me and let me in to MY country?...No....FINE me thousands and let me in I bet!

Anyone have any experience of this?
My daughter just did it. I'm not renew her UK passport till she hits 16 later this month.

The guy on the EU passport desk told her that she should have gone in the non-EU queue. But let her in anyway.
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No idea.....My money's on bollocking and a fine (if that).
Why speculate, when the answer is readily available?
Passengers who arrive at the control claiming to be British Citizens but are unable to produce a valid passport, will be asked to complete a LS01 form before enquires are made to verify the claim. Verification checks will only be undertaken on completion of the form and should include the Watchlist and Information System and omnibase checks as a minimum. If the verification checks are satisfactory the passenger will be able to proceed through the control.
The above is from the relevant chapter of the UKBA Border force operations manual.
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