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Applying for a British passport from The Netherlands

From 3 June 2013 passport applications from The Netherlands will no longer be processed at the Regional Passport Processing Centre in Paris. Instead applicants will be directed from the website to send their passport application to:

Identity and Passport Service
OVS-D
Millburngate House
Millburngate,
Durham
DH97 1PA
 
In 2006 the National Audit Office recommended that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Identity and Passport Service look at ways of reducing costs, reducing the security risks associated with transporting large volumes of passport books internationally and merging of the UK and overseas passport services.

All passport applicants now receive the latest passport with more sophisticated security features designed to reduce the likelihood of identity theft and passport fraud.

If you wish to apply for, renew or replace a British passport from outside the UK please visit www.gov.uk/overseas-passports
Renewing a British passport takes 4 weeks from when the Identity and Passport Service receives your application.

Applicants should avoid leaving applying for their passport until the last minute.

Passports can be renewed at any time.  Any remaining validity up to nine months will be transferred from the old passport to the new one.

Many countries insist on passports having a minimum validity of six months before they will permit entry. In advance of travel applicants should check the immigration requirements for any country you plan to travel to. Information can be found on the GOV.UK website at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.


British Society Magazine
 

The BritSoc ZINE, the new e-magazine from the British Society of Amsterdam.
The aim of the magazine is to reach as many British citizens as possible in the Netherlands. Regarding this point, John recommended passing on the magazine to you as it may be of interest to your wider network of members and fellow Brits.
The November issue of ZINE, the BritSoc online magazine, is now out. Zine website
Direct to ZINE magazine
 

 
events

During the GNE lecture season, events are regularly held and talks are given about once a month and unless otherwise stated, these are delivered in English. The visiting speakers are all experts in their chosen fields and their lectures are both informative and entertaining. They may feature different aspects of British life, arts and culture, places and people. Occasionally we are also treated to a traveller`s tale. Wherever possible, lectures are illustrated.
An overview of this year`s programme is given below. For more details on our events and talks please click events & talks. For the full programme with dates, venues and entry fees per branch, please click branches.

 
John Cameron Webb:

On 27th September John Cameron-Webb and Gerard Sprenger will be conducting a guided tour of the Market Garden battlefield and on 28th touring the border area of Germany looking at the Rhine Crossing battle of Feb-March 1944 Operation Veritable.  The tour will finish at the National War Museum in Overloon, near Venray.
Gerard Sprenger: Former history teacher; avid WWII historian and Dutch Grenadier Guardsman.
John Cameron-Webb: Battlefield guide mainly focussing on WWI, but has conducted Market Garden with Gerard in the past and Waterloo tours. John has organized already four successful trips for GNE and CADS members about WWI and WWII:
• Amsterdam: `War walk` (2011, with Gerard Sprenger);
• Ieper: (2011);
• Albert (France): `Somme Battlefields` (2012);
• Arnhem: Battlefield Tour `Market-Garden` (2013).

Operation Market Garden and Operation Veritable Battlefield More information...