We have been made aware today that expats in Cyprus now have to get their passports from the UK, instead of using the hub in Madrid that was set up for their use. This take effect from April 15th and is part of procedures designed to centralise a number of services. We have been advised that this may also apply to expats in Spain.
However – before everyone goes off the deep end… we have asked for confirmation from the British Embassy… and will update as soon as we can. We will announce their response once formal information is received.
Even if this does indeed affect expats in Spain – then you can apply HERE and emergency passports will still be available via your appropriate Consulate.
Please wait until the Consulate makes an official announcement before believing what some anonymous person in a forum or network says.
The British Embassy has answered us with the following.
“British nationals resident in Spain may be aware that there is a global project ongoing, to repatriate all passport processing from our overseas regional passport centres to the UK by 2014.
“At present, there is no change for applicants in Spain; they should continue to apply to the regional passport processing centre in Madrid. You can find out how to do this via the Passports link on the new GOV.UK website at www.gov.uk/overseas-passports.
“We will advise of any future changes in the process for expatriates in Spain via the GOV.UK website, on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Britishembassymadrid), via twitter @BritishEmbassySpain and through local media.”
The rules have now changed – see HERE for more info
Elle, along with Alan, is the owner of Spain Buddy and the busy web design business – Spain Web Design by Gandy-Draper.
Born a “Norverner”, she then spent most of her life “Dann Saff” before moving to Spain in 2006. Elle’s loves are Alan, the internet, dogs, good food, and dry white wine – although not necessarily in that order.