Emergency British Passport

If you lose your passport, or it has expired, and you need to travel URGENTLY, there is an option.

You can apply for an emergency travel document (an ‘emergency passport’) if you are a British national outside the UK and your passport has been lost, stolen, damaged or has expired.

An emergency travel document may also cover a return journey if you are a resident in the country you’re applying from, although Immigration authorities may keep your emergency travel document when you arrive at your destination.

You must apply in person at your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate.

You must bring with you:

  • 2 identical recent photographs of yourself – make sure they meet the rules for passport photos or your application will be delayed
  • details of your intended travel plans – where and when you intend to travel (including countries you will travel through)
  • a completed application form
  • a police report if your passport has been lost or stolen

You may get the document on the day you apply if your circumstances are straightforward, although this is not always guaranteed.

The fee for this, current in early 2013 was £95 (GBP), or the equivalent in local currency.

More at: www.gov.uk/emergency-travel-document

British High Commission Canberra

Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla, Canberra ACT 2600.
Telephone: +61 (0)2 6270 6666

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday, 8.45am to 12.30pm/1.30pm to 5.00pm

British Consulate-General Sydney

Level 16, Gateway Building, 1 Macquarie Place, Sydney NSW 2000.
Telephone: +61 (0) 9247 7521

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday: 9.00am to 12.30pm/1.30pm to 5.00pm
Consular counter hours:
Monday to Friday 9.00am to 1.00pm
Switchboard hours:
Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm

British Consulate-General Melbourne

17th Floor, 90 Collins St., Melbourne VIC 3000.
Telephone: +61 (0)3 9652 1600

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm
Public counter hours:
Monday to Friday 10.00am to 2.00pm

British Consulate Perth

Level 12, 251 Adelaide Terrace, Perth WA 6000.
Telephone: +61 (0)8 9224 4700

Opening Hours Mondays to Fridays:
Public counter hours: 10.00am to 1.00pm
UK Visa (biometric) appointments: 10.00am to 2.00pm
Switchboard hours: 9.00am to 4.30pm

British Consulate Brisbane

Level 9, 100 Eagle Street, Brisbane QLD 4000.
Telephone: +61 (0)7 3223 3200

Opening Hours Mondays to Fridays:
Counter hours: 10.00am to 3.00pm
Switchboard hours: 9.30am to 4.30pm

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