British Excessive Fee in NZ urges Ex-pat brits to verify passports

With COVID journey restrictions now largely lifted throughout the globe there was a surge in

With COVID journey restrictions now largely lifted throughout the globe there was a surge in British residents travelling, particularly to Europe for the northern hemisphere summer time. This has led to longer wait occasions to course of journey paperwork.

Whereas the British Excessive Fee in Wellington isn’t concerned within the renewal or issuing of passports, it’s reminding the estimated greater than 250,000 British folks in New Zealand to verify that their passports are updated – and to permit loads of time to use for brand new paperwork from the UK if not.

“This would be the first time that many UK residents in New Zealand have travelled abroad because the begin of the pandemic and lots of might not have even checked out their passports for a few years,” says Sam Move, Deputy Excessive Commissioner. “Get it out of the drawer and ensure every part is updated. If it isn’t, apply as quickly as potential to make sure this doesn’t smash your journey plans and your paperwork arrive in time.”

“We’re eager to remind British residents in NZ of the vital steps they should take to have a secure and pleasant journey – resembling checking UK authorities journey recommendation, ensuring their passport is legitimate for his or her journey dates and taking out journey insurance coverage.”

Her Majesty’s Passport Workplace within the UK just lately introduced that it’s going through document demand. Greater than 5 million British folks delayed making use of for passports throughout COVID-19 due to restrictions in journey – and the workplace anticipates that 9.5 million British passport functions will likely be made this 12 months. The recommendation is to use on-line for a brand new passport properly earlier than you might be as a result of journey. For instance, these planning on travelling to the UK this 12 months to see household at Christmas ought to apply now.

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“Whereas we do supply consular help to UK nationals we’re unable to assist with passport renewals, that are solely issued within the UK,” says Pauline Comber, Consular Supervisor on the Wellington Excessive Fee. “Holidays aren’t like they use to be, they’re nonetheless enjoyable, however now it’s important to do much more pre departure checks. And the very first thing needs to be to verify your passport.”

The recommendation to verify the validity of passports comes on prime of a current marketing campaign by the UK authorities to make sure its residents stay secure whereas touring. The marketing campaign urges Brits to verify the COVID necessities for international locations they’re touring to, guarantee they meet visa necessities, learn the federal government’s journey recommendation for the international locations they’re going to, and to purchase journey insurance coverage.

Supply: GOV.UK