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How British Passport is changing from March?

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The first blue British passports for nearly 30 years will be issued next month, the Home Office has said.

The current burgundy design is being replaced, following the UK's departure from the European Union.

Blue passports were introduced in 1921 and phased out after 1988 when members of the then European Economic Community agreed to harmonise designs.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51585018

Well.... They used to be blue with a hard cover, I still have a couple of old ones from yesteryear. How about you?

tumblespots
1 month ago
What do you think of this?
Ceebers
Ceebers
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1 month ago

My first passport was blue. Then they have been red. I am hoping for a blue one when I renew next month.

Xx

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tumblespots
tumblespots
Original Poster
1 month ago

I do prefer the blue ones and have two old hard-backed blues in my files. I think our current red will last until renewal next year (I hope it's next year anyway as it is so expensive). 🐞

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Ceebers
Ceebers
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1 month ago

tumblespots Yes I think I shall be paying Β£75 at my Post Office. They take the photo and give you a code to apply online. Saves a few pounds anyway. Xx

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ACR
ACR1 month ago

I need to renew my passport, but I'm going to wait a couple of months to avoid any potential teething problems at the Passport Office during the transition. I prefer the burgundy over the blue, but given it sits in a drawer most of the year it doesn't really matter what colour they use.

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Ann1984
Ann19841 month ago

I hope they don’t have a back log we plan on travelling into Europe in July and 2 kids passports have less the 3 months. or 2 are staying at granny’s house if don’t come back in time πŸ˜‚πŸ€«

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tumblespots
tumblespots
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1 month ago

Good point, there are always teething problems, they could come back purple for a while! 🐞

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tumblespots
tumblespots
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1 month ago

Ann1984 Even at their worst if you apply soon they should be back well in time. 🐞

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KirsteyJames
KirsteyJames1 month ago

I was born in 1987 so never saw the blue passports. We only renewed ours last year so we wont be having them for a while. The kids will have them before us anyway as their passports only last 5 years.

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tumblespots
tumblespots
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1 month ago

It is only us fogies who remember them (and have the old ones stashed away for posterity - they had a hard cover too). It is so nice of the government to allow us to pay more often to replace children's passports although their appearance changes as they grow so I suppose it is understandable. 🐞

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KirsteyJames
KirsteyJames1 month ago

tumblespots yeah you think they would be half the price considering they last only half the time 🀣 my daughter was 1 when we did hers last year though so doubt the photo will look like her when she is 6 let alone 11 πŸ™Š

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tumblespots
tumblespots
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1 month ago

KirsteyJames That's exactly it, but adults can change themselves too these days. I'm not a personal fan of surgical beauty treatments but others do use them and the effect can cause quite dramatic changes, how do you explain that at the check-in desk? 🐞

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davidstockport
davidstockport1 month ago

The "Iconic" Blue UK passport is made by a French - Dutch company and printed in Poland.

I don't know about "Iconic" it seems very "Ironic" to me,☺

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/02/22/uk/brexit-blue-passports-gbr-scli-intl/index.html

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tumblespots
tumblespots
Original Poster
1 month ago

That doesn't surprise me in the least, in fact I do recall something in the paper when the changes were proposed. Do we make anything here anymore? 🐞

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kikogpe
kikogpe
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1 month ago

Many of the products we use daily are made in China, the effects of globalization and the lowest possible cost.

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tumblespots
tumblespots
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1 month ago

kikogpe We could be left high and dry if we upset the rest of the world. We can't feed ourselves and import far to much in the way of other products. We used to manufacture so much years ago... 🐞

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kikogpe
kikogpe
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1 month ago

tumblespots I think this is the current situation in the whole West. The entire industry was transferred to Asia for cost reasons. It is a very complex situation, which on the one hand implies the loss of industry and jobs, and on the other hand the cost of the products we pay, which are now much cheaper than if produced in the West.

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tumblespots
tumblespots
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1 month ago

kikogpe It's a tough world out there. What you gain on one side you lose out on on the other. I think overall we would be better off if we could support ourselves as a country?! Less reliance on outside forces, but, short term, not everyone can afford this option. Long term - can you afford not to? 🐞

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Getsome
Getsome1 month ago

I could not care what colour my passport is. As long as i can travel with it i dont care.

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hspexy
hspexy1 month ago

I don’t care about the colour, as long as it works. My first passport was blu. I prefer the burgundy but if it’s back to blue, then it’s back to blue

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tumblespots
tumblespots
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1 month ago

Yes, they won't change it whether we like it or not. It is what it is 🐞

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davidstockport
davidstockport1 month ago

I also prefer the burgundy and also the soft back cover, they fit in a shirt pocket better,

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hspexy
hspexy1 month ago

davidstockport mine fit perfectly in my back jeans pockets 😊

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davidstockport
davidstockport1 month ago

hspexy So presumably you agree that the softer plastic cover is preferable to the hard cardboard one☺

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davidstockport
davidstockport1 month ago

Strange thing is everyone seems to refer to the pre-burgundy passports as BLUE I checked one issued in 1988 and describing it as BLACK would be better. I can't see a hint of blue in its colour. (Not even navy blue)

I've JUST found this: "Elsewhere on the gov.uk website, users are advised to β€œfollow the process for getting a first adult passport if the last passport you had was an old black or blue passport”.

From:https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jan/03/black-or-blue-confusion-grows-over-traditional-british-passport-colour

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tumblespots
tumblespots
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1 month ago

Interesting 🐞

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davidstockport
davidstockport1 month ago

tumblespots Especially interesting as they'd previously said "β€œSince its introduction in 1921, there have been a few variants of that navy blue colour but it has never been black, as some commentators have suggested.”

Those I have had (and the one I checked) prior to the burgundy one had ALL BEEN BLACK.

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dholly39
dholly391 month ago

Oh man I'm not die to renew for a while. Does this mean I need to renew sooner?

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tumblespots
tumblespots
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1 month ago

I don't believe that you have to renew until you would usually do so as I believe that all existing passports are still valid. 🐞

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davidstockport
davidstockport1 month ago

tumblespots That's correct... which reminds me my own passport expires this year, it might interest some who don't know that passports can renewed up to nine months before expiry without losing any time remaining on the old one. It's added to the new one - so theoretically you could get a passport for 10 years and nine months.

(Just checked and it's actually next year mine expires, but by the weirdest of coincidences the shirt I'm wearing today, which I'd not worn for some time. is the very same shirt I'm wearing on my 2000 passport photo - they don't make shirts to last that long nowadays)☺

That shirt incidentally is almost the same colour as the old passport - I suppose I'll need to buy a new shirt If I want it to match my next passport.

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tumblespots
tumblespots
Original Poster
1 month ago

davidstockport I was looking at a couple of old photos the other day and was wearing the same top that I wore in the photo too, spooky! And my passport needs to be renewed next year (I hope, I'm sure I remember it was May '21?!) 🐞

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