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The British Embassy and its network of consulates in Spain work with local and expat partner organisations to assist British nationals. Consular enquiries - 902 109 356 (in Spain) / +34 913 342 194 (outside Spain) British nationals who need emergency assistance outside normal office hours should call +34 902 109 356 where they will be given details on how to proceed and how to contact a duty officer if needed.


  1. victoriatwead
    May 7, 2013 @ 11:38 pm

    Thanks, for this information! Have to renew our passports before we visit our granddaughter and family in Australia this winter. :)


    • Elle Draper
      May 7, 2013 @ 11:40 pm

      You’re very welcome! xx


  2. Andrew Charles
    May 8, 2013 @ 10:07 am

    Nice of them to give us so much notice, NOT


    • Elle Draper
      May 8, 2013 @ 11:00 am

      What DO you mean Andrew? You were given 6 whole days ;) x


  3. lynn lockhart
    May 8, 2013 @ 11:49 am

    does anyone have the rules or a site to visit ref: british nationals residing in France renewing passports ???


    • Elle Draper
      May 8, 2013 @ 12:18 pm

      Hi Lynn – going via the Embassy link in the article above (and selecting France instead of Spain)… shows that you currently still have to apply via Paris. However, if you are concerned about pending changes in France… we would recommend you speak direct to your Consulate there.

      I would guess that the email address will work for France as well as Spain.

      Good luck!

      Elle x


  4. Soss
    May 8, 2013 @ 12:18 pm

    I renewed mine in February, when I was on a two week visit back in the UK, it took the whole two weeks, however, my friend did the same, she went to the Post Office on the Monday and had it checked etc… and she got it back on the Friday.


    • Elle Draper
      May 8, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

      Yes – handy if you’re going anyway. Alan did his on a trip back a few years ago… but he booked an appointment at the Passport Office and did it in one day – bit more expensive if I remember rightly. Elle x


  5. christine
    May 8, 2013 @ 1:37 pm

    Does this mean that there will no longer be the possibility of obtaining a new passport by personal attendance with an appointment at one of the uk passport offices? This is how I have previously renewed my British passport. I am resident in Spain.


    • Elle Draper
      May 8, 2013 @ 1:40 pm

      I don’t see why that would change in any way… but email them via the email link in the article just to be sure. Elle x


  6. Clive Read
    May 9, 2013 @ 11:51 pm

    If you eMail them you can at autoreply saying you are unlikely to get a reply. I have never felt ashamed to e British before. We are abused more by the British Consulate than the country where we have chosen to come and live – SPAIN.


  7. Sue Lord
    May 12, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    I make an appointment at Victoria,London,when passport due for update. You leave the document and then return at 15.00hrs approx.This is a good way if you have access to London. Pop into the Palace to see Liz and Phil during the wait.!!


  8. Fiona
    July 13, 2014 @ 6:56 pm

    I am very upset about the way the renew the passports nowaday .Before it was much easier but now in Spain it takes up to six weeks!!not counting the fact the send it by post.
    Thanks to all this I have to get an emergency passport for my child and now this is my 7th week!!its incredible for a country like the Uk!!
    I have paid over 150e and now I have to pay an extra of 120e!!
    I love my country but this is wrong!


      July 13, 2014 @ 7:25 pm

      I live in Mallorca i just recently renewed my pand my husbands passport, i did it online then just sent the counter signature forms in by and photos by registered post, it took 7 weeks for my passport and 3 months for my husbands,even though they were sent away at the same time.
      Good luck getting your passport there is a back log,especially as they went on strile recently


  9. Margaret Forbes
    August 5, 2015 @ 9:17 pm

    Have our own pad in Ten since 1994. Usually six weeks in Autumn and a further six weeks Jan Feb. Play golf and bridge and leaves us quite busy. Consult your weather predictions all the time. Enjoy your notes”


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