Passport Renewal Notice

LongFlyer

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Who has received a passport renewal notice recently? I did today. My initial reaction is it is a bit cheeky. We have not been allowed to travel, yes I know essential services travelers can, for 12 months now, and we know we cannot fly before 21 June 2021. I know it pays to be prepared but as I was reading the email I was waiting for the offer "Renew before your passport expires to receive a discount".

We could be another 12 months away from travel with the government admitting the vaccine rollout could run into 2022.

Who is allowing their passport to go fallow whilst they wait for confirmation of dates for commencement of international travel?
Surely everyone should get a free 2 years? Sell a product, that cant be used for 2 years (at the discretion of the seller) and off no refund??? Consumer protection? If thats ok i have a nice house available for rent, you dont actually get to live in the house but ill collect the rent :)
 
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drsmithy

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We recently renewed our kids passports - was hoping to get them to a week at the snow in NZ before the current COVID outbreak shut that idea down - and one was turned around in 2 days, the other in 3.

Application submitted at the post office on a Tuesday afternoon. Notified the first was ready for collection on Thursday morning and the second on Friday morning. (Elected to pickup in person because, ironically, the lady at the post office said that can shave a couple of days off the turnaround and at the time we were looking to leave in about 2 weeks.)

I was amazed. I've had renewals turned around in ~1 week before (eg: applied Monday, received following Tuesday), but never in a couple of days.
 

prozac

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Is it likely that data like your Covid vax status could end up being linked to your passport. I think I read a QR code could be added to your passport doc and this could simply be scanned by any border authority to confirm your vax status online?

Would be a pity to be issued with a 10yr doc that wasn't current technology. I might hold off a bit longer.
 

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Lodged my renewal (previously expired for 10months) today, very easy process.
They say 3 weeks, let's see how long it takes.
 

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Passport has arrived today.

Right on 14 days between docs & photo at Post Office to delivery of new passport at my door step.
Date of Issue was 5 days ago, so Gold Standard service.

Very good I must say.

Now that I've cancelled my Fiji trip, I didn't really need to get new PP so soon, oh well.
 

Franky

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Passport has arrived today.

Right on 14 days between docs & photo at Post Office to delivery of new passport at my door step.
Date of Issue was 5 days ago, so Gold Standard service.

Very good I must say.

Now that I've cancelled my Fiji trip, I didn't really need to get new PP so soon, oh well.
Sounds like an organisation Qantas could learn from…
 

ethernet

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Australian Passport cost through the roof (And a major greenhouse gas contributor).
Australian born resident wants to renew her passport in Portland USA. Cannot be done remotely, must be done IN PERSON. LAX appointment waiting time close to 3 months. So flew to SFO -lucky cancellation. Sorry - we cant give your your passport - it must to sent to an address in Australia.
So it wings its way to a friend, more money and time to post it back(never mind risk of lost in mail).
It looks like the passport office never heard of Covid, and enjoys rubbing salt in to ex WA and QLD residents.

Actually, the Minister responsible should fix this. It assumes the Passport Offices trove of identification sharing, including drivers license photos are available remotely.
 
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RQuill

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I applied for my kids first passport back in October, the same time as I did my own. I received mine in less than 2 weeks but I'm still waiting for my son's, nearly 8 weeks later.

We're meant to fly out to London in 3 weeks times and I'm starting to get anxious about it. The Passport Office seems to no longer be taking calls so I'm not sure how to check up on things. Anyone in the same boat or got any addice?

Thanks
 

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