TEMPORARY PASSPORT EXTENSION STAMP ENDS FOR BRITISH CITIZENS LIVING ABROAD.
British citizens living abroad will need to apply to renew their passports in the standard way, as one of the contingency measures brought in to cope with the exceptional demand last year comes to an end.
The Home Secretary announced the introduction of the 12 month extension stamp for overseas customers in June last year. More than 20,000 customers benefited from the contingency measure, which was brought in to prevent the disruption of travel plans.
With passport demand returning to expected levels, the Home Secretary has reviewed the provision and from 10 April all British passport holders overseas should follow the guidance for their country of residence on GOV.UK.
Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO) will be contacting all of those who hold a passport with an extension stamp, at least two months before the expiry of their stamp, to encourage them to renew their passports.
HMPO will provide a seven working day service for those customers with an extension stamp if they submit all the correct documentation to HMPO in the UK within a specified period of six weeks of being contacted.