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  • MrDigital 26 Jan 2011 15:17:51 1,866 posts
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    Recently I applied for a new passport, and for the most part, everything seemed to be going well in the process, but then due to having send the passport after it being received from my parent's house to my flat, it seems to have been lost by the Royal Mail >_> I technically have to wait one or two more working days until the Royal Mail declares their recorded delivery lost and compensates me a maximum of 40, but I think I can say with a fair certainty it is lost since it was sent on the 6th.

    Anyhow, the woes start with the fact that I have a holiday booked for March 27th to Stockholm from Edinburgh. So I'm curious if anyone else has been in a similar situation. Obviously in a normal situation I could get a passport well before the 27th of March, but does having lost my passport complicate things massively? Should I be okay? Ta!

    Edit: If it's intra-EU like Edinburgh to Stockholm is, can I use any other forms of ID?

    Formerly TheStylishHobo and Geesh.

  • Stickman 26 Jan 2011 15:19:40 29,666 posts
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    hth

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  • MrDigital 26 Jan 2011 15:33:49 1,866 posts
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    I know... ^^

    I was posting to here to ask for people's experiences, often they differ from what is stated.

    Formerly TheStylishHobo and Geesh.

  • robthehermit 26 Jan 2011 15:40:53 4,170 posts
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    I don't have a passport. I've managed to reach the age of 36 without ever feeling the need to leave the country.

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  • Big-Swiss 26 Jan 2011 15:43:45 8,193 posts
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    I got 2 passports!

    my gf has even 3!

    we win!
  • Mr-Brett 26 Jan 2011 15:45:45 12,828 posts
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    Rob the Hermit wrote:
    I don't have a passport. I've managed to reach the age of 36 without ever feeling the need to leave the country.

    Living up to your username I see.

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  • Khanivor 26 Jan 2011 15:46:17 40,951 posts
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    I got two passports as well.

    But mine are both for real countries ;P
  • cianchristopher 26 Jan 2011 15:47:24 6,360 posts
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    I might sound like an asshole for saying this, but seriously dude, wtf are you doing getting a passport sent through the mail?

    I always pick up my renewed passport in person, no matter how inconvenient that might be. Cos it's never as inconvenient as having the fecking thing lost.

    Next time, there'll be no next time...
  • Merlinho 26 Jan 2011 15:51:28 5,909 posts
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    I wouldn't have thought that losing it should stop you from getting a new one within that time; I'd ring the passport office and find out.

    I did go through the experience of almost losing mine in India last month, fell out of my pocket on a bus in a National Park, and managed to find it after checking every other bus in the park. By this time I'd run the consulate and found out that they were closed for a week over Christmas and that it could take 5 weeks and a 500mile train/bus trip to Chennai to get a new one...suffice to say that when I found it, I was rather pleased, although I ended up paying out about 20 in tips to the people who helped!
  • spindizzy 26 Jan 2011 15:54:04 6,542 posts
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    Rob the Hermit wrote:
    I don't have a passport. I've managed to reach the age of 36 without ever feeling the need to leave the country.

    I find this terrifying.
  • Merlinho 26 Jan 2011 15:55:17 5,909 posts
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    cianchristopher wrote:
    I might sound like an asshole for saying this, but seriously dude, wtf are you doing getting a passport sent through the mail?

    I always pick up my renewed passport in person, no matter how inconvenient that might be. Cos it's never as inconvenient as having the fecking thing lost.

    Next time, there'll be no next time...

    We don't all live next to Passport offices. The Passport Office offers an online renewal service which I've used before but that's not what lost it, it was his parents sending it through the mail to him. How far away do you live from your parents Geesh? Personally I would have sent it recorded delivery or something safer to be fair...
  • Whizzo 26 Jan 2011 15:57:16 43,197 posts
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    I've never had a problem with using the post to get my passport sorted, however you've got plenty of time to get it sorted before your trip so I wouldn't worry that much unless they've ended up losing the identification stuff as well but that's sent separately.

    Never left the country at age 36? Blimey, if you were in the US I could understand it but not the UK.

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  • X201 26 Jan 2011 16:01:37 15,587 posts
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    spindizzy wrote:
    Rob the Hermit wrote:
    I don't have a passport. I've managed to reach the age of 36 without ever feeling the need to leave the country.

    I find this terrifying.

    If you'd hurry up and find those particles, we could all have our own teleportation devices.
  • MrDigital 26 Jan 2011 16:20:47 1,866 posts
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    Merlinho wrote:
    cianchristopher wrote:
    I might sound like an asshole for saying this, but seriously dude, wtf are you doing getting a passport sent through the mail?

    I always pick up my renewed passport in person, no matter how inconvenient that might be. Cos it's never as inconvenient as having the fecking thing lost.

    Next time, there'll be no next time...

    We don't all live next to Passport offices. The Passport Office offers an online renewal service which I've used before but that's not what lost it, it was his parents sending it through the mail to him. How far away do you live from your parents Geesh? Personally I would have sent it recorded delivery or something safer to be fair...

    The funniest part of this whole scenario is that it is recorded :D The Royal Mail can track it, they are just tracking it as lost essentially... haha.

    It's a Glasgow to Edinburgh return, so it would be like 10 return with student discounts and the cost of one day. Seems so obvious now in retrospect :(

    Formerly TheStylishHobo and Geesh.

  • Merlinho 26 Jan 2011 16:28:26 5,909 posts
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    Yeah Captain Hindsight strikes again. I'd get on the phone to the Passport office right now to be honest, get the process moving.

    Royal Mail, bunch of useless ****s etc etc.

    Does recorded delivery only cover you up to 40 then?

    Edit: apparently so, I was thinking of Special Delivery.
  • simplerotation 26 Jan 2011 16:39:42 332 posts
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    I've lost my passport before (uh, well actually it ended up being somewhere unexpected but it was too late then!) and it was simple to replace.

    1. Call up the police and get a crime reference number
    2. Let the Passport office know it's missing so it can be cancelled.
    3 Apply for new passport and state your crime ref on teh form. If you're in a desperate hurry do the check and send or 1 week passport thing.
    I was in a major hurry and so did mine in 24 hours, I had anappointment at 10am and had my new passport at 5:30pm. Lovely.
  • Trafford 26 Jan 2011 17:27:12 5,883 posts
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    That's impressive Hermiting Rob.

    Op.Yes you will get one ,but it will cost a lot more than the 40 quid the post office have offered.
  • Stickman 26 Jan 2011 17:31:35 29,666 posts
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    Why do you need a crime reference number for losing your passport?

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  • robthehermit 26 Jan 2011 18:07:20 4,170 posts
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    spindizzy wrote:
    Rob the Hermit wrote:
    I don't have a passport. I've managed to reach the age of 36 without ever feeling the need to leave the country.

    I find this terrifying.

    Why? There's plenty of good places to go in the UK.

    A week in Cornwall > everything else.

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  • Concrete 26 Jan 2011 18:13:41 594 posts
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    Whilst I love Cornwall/Devon and spend a few weeks there every year, there is sooo much outside of the UK that is worth seeing. Just jump on a ferry to France for a day and go and sit in a cafe for a few hours, it'll broaden your horizons.
  • Feanor 26 Jan 2011 18:44:43 14,180 posts
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    To renew a New Zealand Passport you need to get someone with a NZ passport who isn't related to you to fill out part of your application form, which is a pain for me since I don't know any kiwis over here and I haven't been home since 2003.

    I also have to mail the application to Wellington and pay to have the new passport couriered to me, because even though the NZ Passport Office in London is closer, it costs less to go thru the Wellington office.
  • Mr-Brett 26 Jan 2011 18:48:29 12,828 posts
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    Rob the Hermit wrote:
    spindizzy wrote:
    Rob the Hermit wrote:
    I don't have a passport. I've managed to reach the age of 36 without ever feeling the need to leave the country.

    I find this terrifying.

    Why? There's plenty of good places to go in the UK.

    A week in Cornwall > everything else.

    Having spent a good 20 odd years in Cornwall I would respectfully disagree.

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  • paulfurn 26 Jan 2011 19:24:01 237 posts
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    Rob the Hermit wrote:
    spindizzy wrote:
    Rob the Hermit wrote:
    I don't have a passport. I've managed to reach the age of 36 without ever feeling the need to leave the country.

    I find this terrifying.

    Why? There's plenty of good places to go in the UK.

    A week in Cornwall > everything else.

    Try working outside the UK, once I went left I realised just how shit and a rip-off the UK really is (note: YMMV :-) and never want to go back.
  • Deleted user 26 January 2011 19:29:56
    Mr-Brett wrote:
    Rob the Hermit wrote:
    spindizzy wrote:
    Rob the Hermit wrote:
    I don't have a passport. I've managed to reach the age of 36 without ever feeling the need to leave the country.
    I find this terrifying.
    Why? There's plenty of good places to go in the UK.

    A week in Cornwall > everything else.
    Having spent a good 20 odd years in Cornwall I would respectfully disagree.
    that's why people visit it. like hastings! ;->
  • Red-Moose 26 Jan 2011 19:44:47 5,346 posts
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    Geesh wrote:


    Edit: If it's intra-EU like Edinburgh to Stockholm is, can I use any other forms of ID?

    Depends on the airline, and if they accept valid national IDs of another type.
  • Ged42 26 Jan 2011 20:01:03 7,756 posts
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    I'm just glad my stepson's school are using a group passport for his upcoming school trips, saves us a load of money and hassle trying to sort one out for him.
  • Futaba 26 Jan 2011 20:19:27 3,526 posts
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    Of all the places I'd recommend to Rob to go abroad, France would be pretty low on the list. Yeah it's cheap, but the people are hostile and the weathers hardly an improvement.

    As far back as I can remember I always wanted to be a ninja.

  • Concrete 27 Jan 2011 10:00:35 594 posts
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    Regarding the weather, you aren't going to the right part of France (although for a day trip I would argue it doesnt really matter, its just about seeing something new). I have to say that I have always found the French to be extremely pleasent and welcoming, but I suppose that if you go in with a negative attitude, its going to influence your experience!
  • robthehermit 27 Jan 2011 10:53:53 4,170 posts
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    When I win the lottery, I'm moving to Cornwall and will spend my days reading, enjoying the scenery and playing video games.

    Mrs Hermit wants me to be a bit more ambitious though. She does pester me to get a passport every so often. She wants a 'proper' holiday. Apparently that involves going on a plane. She also wants to go to Amsterdam for the drugs and porn.

    I might try and get one before my 40th and go on a cruise or something. Big year that year, me 40, her 50 and will be our 5th wedding anniversary as well (hopefully)

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  • X201 27 Jan 2011 10:58:51 15,587 posts
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    Rob the Hermit wrote:
    She wants a 'proper' holiday. Apparently that involves going on a plane.

    Edinburgh?
    Channel Islands?

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