Save £12.50/ £39/ £49 when you renew your passport before 27th March price increase/ gouge
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Save £12.50/ £39/ £49 when you renew your passport before 27th March price increase/ gouge

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Found 11th Mar
Passport price increase/ gouge. Renew now online to save £££s!

As from March 27 UK passport prices are set to rise considerably for those applying by post. The current £72.50 charge for an adult passport will increase by 17% to £85 but by applying online it will only increase by £3, to £75.50.

For fast-track service it will go from £103 to £142 and the premium service will have a premium price attached – rising from £128 to £177! Similarly, a children’s passport will also increase to £58.50 for under 16’s – a huge 27% increase but an online application will be £49.

If your passport expires in next 9 months, you can renew it before the price hike on 27th March and you will get the remaining months added on.

This time of year, the turnaround is 5-10 days so even if you are travelling at Easter you can renew it now if you act today.
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Cannot believe these prices reflect the actual cost of processing and issuing a passport - even when doing so online. Either the system of production is inefficient or there's some serious profiteering going on. Perhaps if our elected government could provide a full breakdown of costs, that would help.
Edited by: "TheHun6" 11th Mar
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m5rcc13 m ago

Duplicate


Not a duplicate as nearly 2 months have passed and I feel we owe it to HUKD members to have the opportunity make the passport savings before 27th March.
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The charge for regular applications done online is only raising by a few pounds - this is a good time of the year to do it if your current passport has <9 months validity (as it's quiet, you get your new one back quickly) but for people who have longer than a year, it's not worth applying early if you have access to the internet (and I'm guessing you do!).
Cannot believe these prices reflect the actual cost of processing and issuing a passport - even when doing so online. Either the system of production is inefficient or there's some serious profiteering going on. Perhaps if our elected government could provide a full breakdown of costs, that would help.
Edited by: "TheHun6" 11th Mar
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m5rcc13 m ago

Duplicate


Not a duplicate as nearly 2 months have passed and I feel we owe it to HUKD members to have the opportunity make the passport savings before 27th March.
TheHun67 m ago

Cannot believe these prices reflect the actual cost of processing and …Cannot believe these prices reflect the actual cost of processing and issuing a passport - even when doing so online. Either the system of production is inefficient or there's some serious profiteering going on. Perhaps if our elected government could provide a full breakdown of costs, that would help.


Labour costs are always the largest factor.
TheHun611 m ago

Cannot believe these prices reflect the actual cost of processing and …Cannot believe these prices reflect the actual cost of processing and issuing a passport - even when doing so online. Either the system of production is inefficient or there's some serious profiteering going on. Perhaps if our elected government could provide a full breakdown of costs, that would help.


One of the costliest passports in the EU.
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Bestard8 m ago

Already …Already posted:https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/renew-passport-before-27th-march-price-hike-2885808


m5rcc7 m ago

It's a duplicate whichever way you see it.



Nope - it's a new post under HUKD rules as more than 30 days have passed.

So you two would like to deny your fellow HUKD'ers who are not aware of the imminent passport fee rise their chance to save BIG on passport renewal? Somewhat disrespectful, I feel
m5rcc6 m ago

One of the costliest passports in the EU.


I've not renewed my Italian passport as it's over a £100 now due to the worsening exchange rate over the last 12 months.
gabesdad2 m ago

I've not renewed my Italian passport as it's over a £100 now due to the …I've not renewed my Italian passport as it's over a £100 now due to the worsening exchange rate over the last 12 months.



€73.50 of the €116 being the cost of the revenue stamp/tax. The cost of the actual passport is cheapish at €42.50.
Isn't this more of a public service announcement rather than a 'deal'?
I would like to thank this, & the previous poster. I renewed mine online, it was very easy. It tells you how the photo should look, ie no shadows etc
TheHun636 m ago

Cannot believe these prices reflect the actual cost of processing and …Cannot believe these prices reflect the actual cost of processing and issuing a passport - even when doing so online. Either the system of production is inefficient or there's some serious profiteering going on. Perhaps if our elected government could provide a full breakdown of costs, that would help.


The cost of a passport partly reflects the cost of processing each individual application. But the biggest cost is the work that goes into redesigning them every few years to keep up to date with the latest security features. The last update was in 2017. This needed re-tooling needed to print the special paper, process the photographs and holograms and to create the microchips they all contain. All country's passports cost a lot - far more than the cost of just the paper that makes them up. But the good news is that passport holders bear the full cost of all this work. Passports aren't subsidised by the government nor by the taxpayer. There is no conspiracy

And hell, it's only £7.55 a year.
Thanks OP for posting and reminding all to take advantage where appropriate.

How some can find nothing better to do than needlessly criticize your efforts is sad.
TheHun639 m ago

Cannot believe these prices reflect the actual cost of processing and …Cannot believe these prices reflect the actual cost of processing and issuing a passport - even when doing so online. Either the system of production is inefficient or there's some serious profiteering going on. Perhaps if our elected government could provide a full breakdown of costs, that would help.


Perhaps some are straight forward and cost less, whereas some require more background checks to make sure they aren't issuing passports incorrectly? If you break it down into an annual cost, it's really very little. You have to be careful what you wish for sometimes, if you want everything cheap then you can end up with rubbish and underfunded services.
pete_l5 m ago

The cost of a passport partly reflects the cost of processing each …The cost of a passport partly reflects the cost of processing each individual application. But the biggest cost is the work that goes into redesigning them every few years to keep up to date with the latest security features. The last update was in 2017. This needed re-tooling needed to print the special paper, process the photographs and holograms and to create the microchips they all contain.


That makes little sense given it has no extra security than any other EU passport.


pete_l5 m ago

All country's passports cost a lot - far more than the cost of just the …All country's passports cost a lot - far more than the cost of just the paper that makes them up.


Not true: A Spanish passport, for example is €26 or £23.
TheHun61 h, 0 m ago

Cannot believe these prices reflect the actual cost of processing and …Cannot believe these prices reflect the actual cost of processing and issuing a passport - even when doing so online. Either the system of production is inefficient or there's some serious profiteering going on. Perhaps if our elected government could provide a full breakdown of costs, that would help.


I think it's cheap to be honest, it's not just a booklet with a pretty picture in it...

There are huge costs involved in the tech and security in passports and prevention of fakes needed for the security of the country through fraud, drugs, terrorism, etc.

It's cheap, and you don't need one...
m5rcc18 m ago

That makes little sense given it has no extra security than any other EU …That makes little sense given it has no extra security than any other EU passport.Not true: A Spanish passport, for example is €26 or £23.



First, you are wrong. The new british passport (I renewed mine a few weeks ago) is materially different from my old one. The holograms, embossing and "digitised" photo are updates. The british passports are also quite different from those of other eurpoean countries that I have seen. All those new features have to be paid for - not just to produce, but to develop and to manufacture ( 4 million passports a year) too.

As for other countries, few citizens have or need passports since they are in the Schengen zone and can use their national ID cards for travel between countries. And since everyone has to have an ID card by law, the costs are much lower and frequently subsidised since everyone has to pay for their ID card.
pete_l6 m ago

First, you are wrong. The new british passport (I renewed mine a few weeks …First, you are wrong. The new british passport (I renewed mine a few weeks ago) is materially different from my old one. The holograms, embossing and "digitised" photo are updates. The british passports are also quite different from those of other eurpoean countries that I have seen.


UK passports may have received updates but they are no more secure than other EU passports. In fact, one can argue that they are less secure given that British (and Irish) passports are not do not contain fingerprint information in their chip.


pete_l6 m ago

All those new features have to be paid for - not just to produce, but to …All those new features have to be paid for - not just to produce, but to develop and to manufacture ( 4 million passports a year) too.


The reason why they are expensive is because of the De La Rue contract.


pete_l6 m ago

As for other countries, few citizens have or need passports since they are …As for other countries, few citizens have or need passports since they are in the Schengen zone and can use their national ID cards for travel between countries. And since everyone has to have an ID card by law, the costs are much lower and frequently subsidised since everyone has to pay for their ID card.


ID cards do not allow travel outside the EEA.
Edited by: "m5rcc" 11th Mar
pete_l7 m ago

First, you are wrong. The new british passport (I renewed mine a few weeks …First, you are wrong. The new british passport (I renewed mine a few weeks ago) is materially different from my old one. The holograms, embossing and "digitised" photo are updates. The british passports are also quite different from those of other eurpoean countries that I have seen. All those new features have to be paid for - not just to produce, but to develop and to manufacture ( 4 million passports a year) too. As for other countries, few citizens have or need passports since they are in the Schengen zone and can use their national ID cards for travel between countries. And since everyone has to have an ID card by law, the costs are much lower and frequently subsidised since everyone has to pay for their ID card.


The French ID card is free, no idea about others.
m5rcc3 m ago

UK passports may have received updates but they are no more secure than …UK passports may have received updates but they are no more secure than other EU passports. In fact, one can argue that they are less secure given that British (and Irish) passports are not do not contain fingerprint information in their chip.The reason why they are expensive is because of the De La Rue contract.ID cards do not allow travel outside the EEA.


The French card does, only to a few oddities, but it does allow non EEA travel, Egypt for example...
DingIs1 m ago

The French ID card is free, no idea about others.



And they're not compulsory in France either.
DingIs1 m ago

The French card does, only to a few oddities, but it does allow non EEA …The French card does, only to a few oddities, but it does allow non EEA travel, Egypt for example...


There will be some exemptions of course. It also allows travel to Gerogia on it.
m5rcc1 m ago

And they're not compulsory in France either.


But you must have at least one form of government issued ID.
DingIs1 m ago

But you must have at least one form of government issued ID.


Sure, like in Switzerland.
m5rcc1 m ago

There will be some exemptions of course. It also allows travel to Gerogia …There will be some exemptions of course. It also allows travel to Gerogia on it.


So you were wrong...

m5rcc:

UK passports may have received updates but they are no more secure than other EU passports. In fact, one can argue that they are less secure given that British (and Irish) passports are not do not contain fingerprint information in their chip.



The reason why they are expensive is because of the De La Rue contract.



ID cards do not allow travel outside the EEA.
DingIs3 m ago

So you were wrong...m5rcc


Generally they are for EEA travel only - that is part of their use as a travel document to exercise the right of free movement in the EEA and Switzerland. Each country who issues them, like France, will have some exemptions to current/past territories.

So no, not wrong.
m5rcc2 m ago

Generally they are for EEA travel only - that is part of their use as a …Generally they are for EEA travel only - that is part of their use as a travel document to exercise the right of free movement in the EEA and Switzerland. Each country who issues them, like France, will have some exemptions to current/past territories.So no, not wrong.


You stated they do not allow travel outside the EEA.

But they do. You didn't qualify it.

So, wrong.
DingIs3 m ago

You stated they do not allow travel outside the EEA.But they do. You …You stated they do not allow travel outside the EEA.But they do. You didn't qualify it.So, wrong.


Generally they do not. Can you travel to the US? To Australia? No.

Each country who issues cards may have additional territories one can visit but in general, its purpose was to exercise the right of free movement in the EEA and Switzerland.
m5rcc3 m ago

Generally they do not. Can you travel to the US? To Australia? No.Each …Generally they do not. Can you travel to the US? To Australia? No.Each country who issues cards may have additional territories one can visit but in general, its purpose was to exercise the right of free movement in the EEA and Switzerland.


Jesus...

Your statement was wrong.

You've just added Switzerland to it now, but they're not in the EEA either... Make your mind up.


See you in the next life!
In the process of renewing OH's passport online now (old one expires in December). Surprised how easy it was. Just a case of answering a few questions and up loading a photo. Once completed and paid you get an email reminder to post off your old passport for cancellation , did this by regular first class post. The next evening got an email to say they had received it. A couple of days later got an email to say application and photo had been approved. Just waiting for the New and Old passports to be sent out now. They say allow three weeks but tomorrow it will be a week since applying and I can't see them taking another two weeks to send them out.
Update : Had message today (Monday) that new passport is on it's way and will be delivered within 2 days. That will be 7 working days in total from application to door step or if it turns up tomorrow only 6. A good service , with plenty of updates. Well done Passport Office.
Delivered this morning Tuesday! That's just 6 working days from filling the form in online ( Old passport sent to them the day after).
Edited by: "yorkie12" 13th Mar
My passport has 2 more years before it expires . Can I renew it ?
m5rcc1 h, 26 m ago

It's a duplicate whichever way you see it.



m5rcc54 m ago

Criticise a copy and paste job? All I said it was a duplicate thread.


Not everyone lives on Hukd 24/7 .You just sound like a jobs worth saying it's a duplicate ..like you have nothing better to do.
rickj2 m ago

Not everyone lives on Hukd 24/7 .You just sound like a jobs worth saying …Not everyone lives on Hukd 24/7 .You just sound like a jobs worth saying it's a duplicate ..like you have nothing better to do.


Thank you for your contribution!
al32126 m ago

My passport has 2 more years before it expires . Can I renew it ?


You can if you want but the new one will only be valid for 10 years 9 months. Is it worth loosing 14 months when renewal online is only going up by £3 ?
m5rcc1 h, 56 m ago

One of the costliest passports in the EU.


But definitely the best!
You would think this was an apple thread with all the moaning. Play nice people:)
Edited by: "eslick" 11th Mar
DingIs56 m ago

Jesus...Your statement was wrong.You've just added Switzerland to it now, …Jesus...Your statement was wrong.You've just added Switzerland to it now, but they're not in the EEA either... Make your mind up.See you in the next life!


The statement is not wrong. Re-read what I wrote on the rules regarding national EU ID cards.
luvsadealdealdeal2 h, 9 m ago

Nope - it's a new post under HUKD rules as more than 30 days have …Nope - it's a new post under HUKD rules as more than 30 days have passed.So you two would like to deny your fellow HUKD'ers who are not aware of the imminent passport fee rise their chance to save BIG on passport renewal? Somewhat disrespectful, I feel


Another word for disrespectful would have been pedantic. In fact we could probably come up with a whole host of words for some of these people. But yes, I agree with you 100% 😁
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