Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO) is dealing with the highest demand for passports in 12 years and has issued over three million passports so far in 2014. However, demand continues to be high, and recognising people’s understandable concerns about possible delays, the Home Secretary announced on 12 June a series of additional measures to ensure people and families are able to travel and live overseas.
At the British Consulates in Lisbon and Portimão, we are introducing some changes to our public opening hours. Consular assistance will continue to be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling us on 808 20 35 37 or +351 21 395 4082. From 23 June 2014, our public opening hours for appointments and personal callers, in both Lisbon and Portimão, will be 09h30 to 14h00 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (currently Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 2pm).
Mrs Kirsty Isobel Hayes has been appointed Her Britannic Majesty's Ambassador to the Portuguese Republic in succession to Mrs Jill Gillard, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mrs Hayes will take up her appointment during August 2014.
From 14th March 2014 our new commercial partner Teleperformance Ltd will take over the running of our Visa Application Centre in Lisbon. From that date, the Visa Application Centre will move to:
Regus Avenida da Liberdade
Avenida da Liberdade, 110,
A benefit fraudster who claimed his wife was really his sister, and another who said she needed the cash for satellite TV, are among the latest examples of strange excuses that Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) benefit fraud investigators have heard over the last year.
Hundreds of British nationals are currently locked up in prisons across the globe for drug-related offences, often detained for months without trial and facing distressing living conditions. In Portugal, the number of Brits arrested for drug offences has tripled in the past year.
Are you playing the host with the most this summer? Tell your visitors to get a health card and travel insurance.
British music fans heading for festivals this summer are being warned to keep their possessions safe from thieves if they want to avoid spending time with the police and British Consulates instead of enjoying the music.
In the constant effort to modernise and improve the efficiency of consular services to British nationals abroad, and in line with the FCO’s new Consular Strategy for 2013-16, the British Ambassador in Portugal and the Director of Consular Services for Southern Europe have agreed to introduce some changes to the consular network in Portugal.
The British Government is making important changes to the passport service for British nationals living overseas.