Dubai welcomes professionals from across the globe. Hence, it’s not surprising that British nationals make up a significant percentage of expats in the city. If you are currently a resident of the UAE and your British passport is about to expire, here’s how you can go about UK passport renewal in Dubai.
How to renew your British Passport in Dubai
Renewing a British passport in Dubai, especially without proper guidance, can be tricky for those unfamiliar with the process. After all, as an expat, a passport is an essential document and the idea of applying and waiting for renewal can be stressful.
Remember, the renewal process is easy to follow and can be done quickly if you know what to do. What’s even better is that there’s an online system to get it done. This post will cover everything you need to know about renewing British passports in Dubai.
Online renewal of British passport in Dubai
British expats in Dubai who wish to renew their passports can do so through the online “Overseas British Passport Applicants” services on the UK government’s website. To use the service, all you need is your old passport, a credit or debit card and access to a printer.
Overseas British passport application
The online British passport renewal process in Dubai is pretty simple for UK nationals currently residing in Dubai.
The website will ask you to enter basic details, including:
- If you live in the UK or the current country of residence.
- Your date of birth
- Details of your current passport, like the issuing date and issuing authority
The guidance notes on the online service are straightforward. Applicants must have the required supporting documents that are to be sent to the UK. This typically includes your current passport and one document as evidence of your name and residence over the past year. This can be a resident permit or your tax record.
Also, keep in mind that any documents that aren’t in English must be translated first.
Sign the declaration form
Once the application has been paid for, the applicant will receive a declaration form and guidance.
The applicant must then sign the form and send two identical passport-sized photos and supporting documents to the HM Passport Office. The guidance specifications will indicate the photo specifications and the types of documents to be sent. It will also mention the address where you need to send the required documentation.
Courier companies in Dubai like DHL are recommended for the purpose. After the application is sent, your new passport will be delivered by courier in three weeks.
The online application process for British passport renewal in Dubai allows British expats to track their request progress easily.
For more information about British passport renewal in Dubai, contact the UK Embassy in Dubai.
- Address: Al Seef Road, Bur Dubai
- Contact: +971-4-309-4444
- Office hours: 07:30 am to 02:30 pm | Weekends closed
UK PASSPORT RENEWAL FEE
UK passport renewal fee is as follows:
- £86 for adults
- £56 for kids
- Plus an additional £19.86 for courier service
* UK passport renewal cost is subject to change without prior notice. Please visit the official website to verify the latest fees.
FAQS ABOUT UK PASSPORT RENEWAL
HOW LONG IS THE BRITISH PASSPORT RENEWAL PROCESS?
Presently, the British passport renewal process takes three weeks. However, if your documentation has a problem, it may take another six weeks.
CAN I CONVERT MY BRITISH DRIVING LICENCE TO THE UAE VERSION?
Yes, you can. Check out this handy guide to converting your British driving licence in the UAE. You can also read our guide on moving from Britain to Dubai.
The online application service has made the renewal of a British passport in Dubai incredibly easy. If you are an expat, check out how you can track your UAE visa status online in Dubai. Do you plan on inviting your family from overseas? Here’s how you can sponsor your family in the UAE.
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