CHANGES TO BRITISH PASSPORT SERVICES
IN THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
We are making important changes to the way we deliver British passports. From 11 February 2013, you should submit passport applications to the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) in the UK for processing. All the information needed to complete the passport application process, is available on the GOV.UK website at:https://www.gov.uk/overseas-passports.
If you cannot find the information you need on the GOV.UK website, please contact the Passport Adviceline. Details are on the website at https://www.gov.uk/overseas-passports.
You should avoid leaving applying for your passport until the last minute. You can apply to renew your passport at any time. Any remaining validity up to nine months will be transferred from your old passport to your new one.
If you are renewing your passport, you should allow at least four weeks from the date the fee is taken and all the correct documentation has been received. If you are applying for the first time or you are replacing a lost or stolen passport, you should allow at least six weeks. Your application may take longer if IPS needs to request further information.
You should not book travel until you have received your new passport. The British Government cannot accept responsibility for costs incurred if travel is booked and subsequently cancelled before the passport has been received.
You will receive your new passport and supporting documents separately.
The Home Office is the lead government department on nationality matters. If you have an enquiry about eligibility for British citizenship or nationality, information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/british-passport-eligibility.
If you need to travel urgently but your normal passport is not available, you should contact the nearest Consular Assistance team in the United Arab Emirates. In certain circumstances our staff may be able to issue an Emergency Travel Document but this is not a substitute for a full UK passport.