N O T E S
1. British passports are issued and renewed by the competent authorities in the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Colonies, by Her Majesty’s Diplomatic and Consular Officers in foreign countries and by British High Commissioners in Commonwealth countries. Passports should not be sent from one country to another by post.
2. They are available for five years in the first instance, unless otherwise stated, and may be renewed for a further period of five years from the date of expiry. The fee for the five-year renewal is £1. They are not available beyond ten years from the original date of issue. If at any time the passport contains no further space for visas, a new passport must be obtained.
3. The possession of a passport does not exempt the holder from compliance with any immigration regulations in force in any territory or from the necessity of obtaining a visa or permit where required. Passports endorsed as valid for the Commonwealth are available for travel to territory under British protection or trusteeship. It should however be noted, in this connexion, that the majority of British territories overseas have immigration restrictions applicable to British subjects as well as aliens.
4. A passport including particulars of the holder’s wife is not available for the wife’s use when she is travelling alone.
5. Children who have reached the age of sixteen years require separate passports.
Registration at Her Majesty’s Consulates in Foreign Countries
British nationals resident in foreign countries who are entitled to the protection of the United Kingdom authorities should at the earliest opportunity register their names and addresses at the nearest British Consulate. Failure to do so may in a period of emergency result in difficulty or delay in according them assistance and protection. Registration should be renewed annually, preferably in January. Changes of address or departure from the country should also be notified to the Consulate.
Persons naturalised in the United Kingdom and Colonies should, in addition, register annually before June 1, by signing a declaration in the prescribed form, their intention to retain citizenship of the United Kingdom and Colonies. Failure to do so may render them liable, in certain circumstances, to deprivation of citizenship.
Persons born in foreign countries of British fathers, or born in the United Kingdom or Colonies of foreign parents, women married to aliens, women who acquired British nationality on marriage or by registration and naturalised persons may possess a foreign nationality in addition to British nationality.
When in the country of their second nationality such persons cannot avail themselves of the protection of Her Majesty’s representatives against the authorities of the foreign country, and are not exempt, by reason of possessing British nationality, from any obligation (such as military service) to which they may be liable under the foreign law.
This passport remains the property of Her Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom and may be withdrawn at any time.
It is a valuable document and should not be altered in any way or allowed to pass into the possession of an unauthorised person. If lost or destroyed, the fact and circumstances should be immediately reported to the Passport Office, Clive House, Petty France, London, S.W.1, or to the nearest British Consulate, British High Commission or Colonial authority and to the local police. New passports can only be issued in such cases after exhaustive enquiries.