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[Nov. 6th, 2009|02:45 pm]
Listen in, listen Ian!
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Hurray! S and I last night booked a trip to Copenhagen early in December.

Hurroo! I've just found out that yr passport needs to be valid for three months, and mine runs out in February so I'll need to get a new one.

Question: I go away on the 4th December, do you reckon that will be enough time to get a renewal through? The website says three weeks, but postal strike and Christmas post ect. I'd rather not have to go to the passport office.

Also, does 'growing a beard' constitute enough of a change of appearance to mean I need to get my photo countersigned? And if so, who wants to do it? The list of people who can seems fairly arbitrary to me. Journalist? Licensee of public house? What makes these people more reliable than me when it comes to saying "Yeah, that's him"?

Timescale:

Saturday: get form and photos.
Sunday: Fill form in.
Monday: go to post office and get it checked and sent at lunchtime.

Gives it just over three weeks to arrive. Hmm.
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[User Picture]From: miss_newham
2009-11-06 03:00 pm (UTC)
Please ask S whether she'd like to go to Tivoli when she's there. The mere mention of the word has quite a peculiar effect on her...

I wish I could remember where I stayed last time I was there! It was in a room in a man's flat, and he promptly left for the weekend! Unfortunately, I put his business card in my purse and promptly lost that on the way back from Stansted.
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2009-11-06 03:11 pm (UTC)
She mentioned that to me a while back. But I want to go to Tivoli! It's apparently nice in December! What to do?
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[User Picture]From: monkeyssk8
2009-11-06 03:19 pm (UTC)
make sure to go to Kastellet - I loved walking around there and the opera house is amazing!
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[User Picture]From: freakytigger
2009-11-06 03:04 pm (UTC)
When I got mine renewed in March - my first photo as a beardie, amazingly - I did not need to get it countersigned.

Can't help with the first question, as I left it way too late and ended up going to the passport office.
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[User Picture]From: caramel_betty
2009-11-06 03:48 pm (UTC)
Although what register or list journos might be on escapes me.

Police files? Alcoholics Anonymous?
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[User Picture]From: nudejournal
2009-11-07 08:22 am (UTC)
NUJ, presumably. An interesting Venn diagram, though.

Or maybe you have to send in newspaper cuttings with your form.
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[User Picture]From: eyekiller
2009-11-06 03:44 pm (UTC)
We can countersign for you being chairmen or directors of a limited company.
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[User Picture]From: tonight_we_fly
2009-11-06 04:12 pm (UTC)
I had to renew my passport recently when I was visiting a country called CSKA Sofia Bulgaria. They said three weeks, but it took about a week and a half.

Annoyingly, though, some weeks later they sent back my old one by courier; I received a card saying there was something very important to deliver, and I stayed in all day only to receive my old passport; which I'd previously assumed they'd just chucked away. Bah.

The post is still shit at the moment though, as my Luke Haines album hasn't even arrived yet and I should have got it on Monday.
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[User Picture]From: eyekiller
2009-11-06 04:23 pm (UTC)
oh and if it was me I'd brave the passport office instead.
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[User Picture]From: nikh
2009-11-06 04:50 pm (UTC)
I got my previous passport when I was 18 and had a big bushy beard. My current one has no beard, and dyed black hair (because I'm a massive goth, obviously). I'm pretty sure* I didn't bother getting the newer photo countersigned, and haven't been detained at an airport anywhere for no longer having black hair. Or glasses.

*Does not constitute a legal guarantee.
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[User Picture]From: flamingkitties
2009-11-06 04:52 pm (UTC)
When I did my passport in January last year it took less than a week to get back to me (did the Post Office checking thing, which may speed it up by a day or two)...
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[User Picture]From: flamingkitties
2009-11-06 04:52 pm (UTC)
January this year, sorry. Not last year.
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[User Picture]From: nikh
2009-11-07 10:27 am (UTC)
But did you grow a beard for the occasion?
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[User Picture]From: flamingkitties
2009-11-07 01:24 pm (UTC)
Sadly not.
However, my last passport photo was me when I was 18, I had had very very very short hair and I was slightly thinner of face. I'd have said that the current new one, which features very very long curly red hair and a slightly more double chinned face was different - they didn't seem to query it though.
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[User Picture]From: k425
2009-11-06 06:50 pm (UTC)
Is that valid for three months after you've been, or three months before - the latter is more usual. Just asking because I have to book trips all over the place for my academics and the majority of countries have asked that passports be valid for n months before you go.
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[User Picture]From: nudejournal
2009-11-07 08:28 am (UTC)
Why would they care about the validity before you get into the country? Aren't these sort of things to ensure that tourists are actually planning on going home rather than sticking around stealing our wimmin, etc?
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[User Picture]From: k425
2009-11-07 12:49 pm (UTC)
Good point.
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[User Picture]From: several_bees
2009-11-07 04:13 pm (UTC)
I would consider becoming Australian. I just got mine renewed and returned to me in two days from drop-off, which is handy as I am planning to travel next Thursday...
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