Expat Tips on How to Renew Your UK Passports When Living In Spain

Do you live in Spain and need to renew your British passport?

Well, it’s easy as a pie. With the introduction of the new digital passport application process, you can now renew your UK passport by applying to the Identity and passport service in the UK directly, hassle-free.

Expats living in Spain have two options when considering renewing their UK passports; apply via post or do it online.

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For this reason, we have prepared the following expats’ passport renewal guidelines to make your life much easier:

1. Applying Online

The advancement in technology has somehow made things much easier for mankind.

Imagine, getting things done at the click of a button without having to leave the comfort of your office or home. Interestingly, renewing your passport online is a clinch.

In fact, doing it online is not only efficient but convenient provided you meet all the requirements.


  • Requirements

For effectiveness; you’ll need to take a digital photo of yourself, which can be done using a photo booth or smartphone.

Selfies are highly discouraged.

For more information on digital photo rules, visit https://www.passport.service.gov.uk/help/photo-rules


  • Fill out an application form online

To apply online, visit: www.gov.uk/overseas-passports


  • Make an online payment

For information of fees visit: www.gov.uk/browse/abroad/passports


  • Send them your old passport

The whole process takes a maximum of 10 minutes to complete.

After successful completion of the online application form, applicants should expect to receive their new passports sent back within three weeks.

For more information, Visit: https://www.gov.uk/overseas-passports


2. Apply Via Post

The other alternative is to apply via post.

This is particularly effective when you have all the time to get yourself a new passport.

This is a classic method of having your UK passport renewed when living overseas. You can expect to get your new passport after about 4 weeks of waiting depending on when your documents were received.

All you have to do is:

  • Fill in the online application form and go through all the details carefully.
  • Make payment and print the complete declaration form.
  • Sign declaration form, attach your old passport and send.

For more effectiveness, take advantage of the Passport Check and Send service offered in a good number of Post Offices. Alternatively; you can contact the Passport Adviceline on 0300 222 0000 for advice.


The expats’ tips are also applicable when your passport is damaged, stolen or even lost.

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