About Travel Notes™ Budget Travel City Guides Countries Feedback Regional Travel Videos Travel Writing

Car Hire Cruises Flights Hostels Hotels RTW Tours Vacations Weather Where To
Google+ Travel Notes on Google Plus Add URL to Travel Notes - Advertise on Travel Notes - Link To Travel Notes - New Listings - Travel Blogs - Travel News - Travel Twip - Travel on Twitter.
Subscribe to the Travel Notes Blog Travel Notes: Travel Notes Blog: Are You Who You Say You Are

Are You Who You Say You Are

Saturday, February 17, 2007

The Official Travel Notes Blog

To get a ten-year, British passport it used to be enough to have your photograph signed by a doctor you'd probably never seen before (if you were seldom ill), pop your application in the post and wait 'up to six months' for the right to travel abroad.

If you were in a hurry, and travelling to Europe, you could get a one-year Visitor's Passport, over the counter, at the Post Office.

The UK Passport Service (UKPS) might have reduced the waiting time but now the Government has reinvented it and wants to create a backlog again, or maybe it's a plan to create more jobs and construct more buildings, or at least renovate the old ones.

The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) was established as an Executive Agency of the Home Office on the 1st April 2006, as part of a much-debated National Identity Scheme.

With the introduction of the new biometric passports, that apparently there's a huge demand for, the IPS will soon (from April, 2007) require all 'British' adults applying for a new passport, for the first time, to attend a 20-minute interview. This is 'estimated to affect approximately 609,000 [applicants] in the first year of operation'.

By 2009, all new passports will also include fingerprint data of the holder; and applicants will have to travel to one of the new centres for this inconvenience.

I'm glad I've already renewed my passport in a British Embassy abroad, shortly before Christmas (with just a one-week wait), and won't need to be finger-printed like a criminal until 2016.



Post a Comment

<< Home

Regional Directory - Search The Web - Subscribe to Updates.

Travel Notes Hub

Michel Guntern on Facebook
TravelTweet on Twitter

Search City Hotels

Search 1800-Hostels


Follow This Blog on Facebook

Join the founder of Travel Notes on Facebook Connect With Travel Notes

Add to Flipboard Magazine

Car Hire Cruises Flights Hostels Round-The-World Specials Tours Vacations
TravelNotes.org: Travel Notes Blog: Are You Who You Say You Are - Toolbar