Embassy News / January 2013
Prime Minister David Cameron's speech
British Prime Minister David Cameron set out his vision for a more competitive, adaptable and flexible EU with Britain playing a leading role at the heart of the Single Market. In his speech on 23 January at Bloomberg’s European Headquarters in Central London, he also envisaged the UK as leading EU action on energy, climate change, development, foreign policy and other global challenges. For more details and the full transcript of his speech, please click here.
Changes in British passport services in Hungary
We are making important changes to the way we deliver British passports. The UK government’s goal is to ensure that all British nationals living overseas receive a consistent, trusted, secure and efficient service whilst keeping the costs as low as possible. In order to do that, responsibility for issuing passports overseas passed from the Foreign Office and its posts overseas to the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) – and Agency of the Home Office, which already handles all passport applications from people living in the UK.
From mid January 2013, British nationals in Hungary will submit passport applications to IPS in the UK for processing. All the information needed to complete the passport application process is available here. You should avoid leaving applying for your passport to the last minute. You can apply to renew your passport at any time. Any remaining validity up to nine months will be transferred from your old passport to your new one. If you are renewing your passport, you should allow at least four weeks from the date the fee is taken and all the correct documentation has been received. If you are applying for the first time or you are replacing a lost or stolen passport, you should allow at least six weeks. Your application may take longer if IPS needs to request further information. Travel should not be booked until the new passport has been issued and received by the customer. The British Government cannot accept responsibility for costs incurred if travel is booked and subsequently cancelled before the passport has been received. The new passport and supporting documents will be delivered separately by DHL to the address given by the customer.
If you need to travel urgently but your normal passport is not available, you should contact the nearest Consular Assistance team at the British Embassy in Hungary. In certain circumstances, our staff may be able to issue an Emergency Travel Document but this is not a substitute for a full UK passport. So the best course of action is to apply as early as possible, and to make sure that you follow the new guidelines.
Please note that our Embassy is not able to take calls about individual passport applications. If you cannot find the information you need on the gov.uk website, please contact the Passport Information Contact Centre or the IPS Customer Service Centre. Details for both are available here.
The Embassy website has a new sector news section, where they plan to publish regular updates on different sectors in Hungary such as aviation, financial, professional and business services, automotive, energy, retail, agriculture and more to provide a general overview on these sectors and on business opportunities. More information is available here.