When you’re traveling overseas the first thing you need to do is make sure your passport is valid, that you have any visas you may need and travel insurance. The Department of Foreign Affairs recommends your passport be valid for 6 months past your travel dates because many countries require this as an entry requirement.
How long does it take to get a passport?
The Australian Passport Office is committed to mailing out an eligible applicant’s passport within ten working days of receiving all information and documentation required.
If you cannot wait ten working days for a full validity passport, an emergency passport can be issued to cover urgent travel needs. There is no application fee for issuing an emergency passport but you need to pay a priority processing fee.
Also, a Priority Processing Service guarantees that your passport will be ready for collection or despatch from a Passport Office within two working days of the office receiving everything it needs from you. However, you should allow extra time for your passport to reach you by registered mail (if you can not pick it up). There is a fee for this service in addition to the normal passport application fee.
Key points for renewing your passport
• Renewing is a quick and streamlined way to get a new passport
• You don’t need to fill out a full application form or provide supporting documentation
• Eligible applicants can download a simple one-page renewal form, already filled out!
What you need
When you want to renew your passport, www.passports.gov.au will provide you with a one page renewal form pre-completed with your personal details, if you are eligible. This pre-completed form streamlines the renewal process.
You do not need to supply any supporting documentation when you lodge your renewal form. However, you will need to provide two suitable colour photographs of yourself that are no more than six months old and present your previous Australian passport. Your previous passport will be physically cancelled.
Obtaining a renewal form
Online: – follow the prompts at www.passports.gov.au to obtain a pre-completed renewal form and print it from the screen. You can also ask online for a pre-completed form to be mailed to you.
In Australia: – call the Australian Passport Information Service on 131 232 to arrange for a pre-completed renewal form to be mailed to you.
Overseas: – contact the nearest Australian diplomatic mission or consulate. The passports staff will mail out a pre-completed renewal form or you can collect it from the mission or consulate.
How to Lodge Your Passport Application
You should lodge the renewal form in person in Australia at an Australia Post outlet. To find an Australia Post outlet near you which provides passport services, call Australia Post on 131 318 or visit www.auspost.com.au. If overseas, contact the nearest Australian diplomatic mission or consulate for details on how to lodge the form.
Who is eligible?
Not everyone is eligible to use the renewal form. In particular, you cannot use it if your previous passport was lost or stolen (you will need to use a full passport application form instead). So before trying to renew, use the following checklists to make sure you are eligible.
You can apply for renewal if:
• you are an Australian citizen aged 18 years or over, and
• you hold an Australian adult passport that was issued on or after 1 July 2000, or an Australian child passport that was issued when you were 16 years of age or over on or after 1 July 2005, and
• your passport was valid for at least two years when issued, and
• your passport was issued with your current personal details (i.e. name, date of birth, place of birth and sex).
Note: You will need to retain your previous passport and present it when you apply for renewal.
You cannot apply for renewal if:
• you are not an Australian citizen, or
• your passport was reported lost or stolen (or cannot be presented), or
• your passport was issued with a validity of less than two years, or
• you have changed your name or sex since your previous passport was issued, or
• your adult passport was issued before 1 July 2000, or
• your child passport was issued before you were 16 years of age or before 1 July 2005.
Travel Insurance is just as important
Also, remember travel insurance is just as important as a valid passport. A Travel Insurance Plus policy not only protects you from unplanned illnesses, injury, lost luggage, delayed travel but also lost travel documents.
Make sure you’re ready for your next trip. Ensure all of your paperwork is in line long before you leave so you can board your plane or boat.
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