My colleague was wondering if anyone has used the
UK's "instant" "online premium" passport service.
You apply using that page and (apparently eventually) get it on the spot at an appointment.
Right there it says "two days minimum" until you get the appointment.
1) Has anyone used this recently, if so how many days was the wait?
2) Is there any difference between the 6 or so offices; any are quicker than the others?
HUGE TRAVELLER TIP:
Fascinating point with this "online premium" service:
Say it's Monday and you book one of these appointments for say Wednesday.
It turns out that your current passport is actually CANCELLED on that day, Wednesday - it is not valid on Wednesday!!!!
They are very adamant about this.
You get warned by phone, email and on the ww:
So, say you're in Germany and you get the appointment for Wednesday, you can't travel on Wednesday! Your passport is cancelled! You have to travel on Tuesday!!!
ENORMOUS TRAVELLER TIP
YOU GET ONLY THREE TRIES for your card payment
As usual, Mastercard is sloppier than Visa, and debit cards are sloppier again. If you are applying from overseas and you (as you would) have an overseas card, take extreme care.
You definitely want to (A) pre-phone all your cards providers and tell them an odd charge is coming through and (B) ensure you have the "verified by visa" or "3D mastersecure" (whatever it's called) password on hand - nobody remembers those.