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belledechocchipcookie Wed 22-Jun-11 21:21:47

angry

Today I won 2 Eurostar tickets to a festival in Lille. I was overjoyed. I looked at the cost for 2 one week passports for ds and I (the festival is at the start of July), just over £200! shock

We can't go sad

wimpybar Wed 22-Jun-11 21:24:47

that's mad, i didn't pay that much for 10 year adult ones?

emmanana Wed 22-Jun-11 21:25:59

Did you mean passports that are 'express' ready in one week?

MrsSippy Wed 22-Jun-11 21:26:09

it's only about £85 for a ten year one! I don't understand...

JoySzasz Wed 22-Jun-11 21:26:22

To renew mine in the States it will be pushing $200 -crazy!

But,at least I am here IYSWIM ?

That sounds v. expensive.

AuntiePickleBottom Wed 22-Jun-11 21:26:38

how did you win the tickets

Peachy Wed 22-Jun-11 21:26:44

Huh?

Just bought passport for dh, they aren't that much for ten year ones, cheaper again if ds is under 16.

Sure you ahve the right prices?

belledechocchipcookie Wed 22-Jun-11 21:27:23

Sorry. Yes, express ones as I need them before the end of June. I'm gutted. Goodbye Coldplay. Moby...sad

emmanana Wed 22-Jun-11 21:29:17

That's awful. Sorry. Will they let you give them to a family member/friend?

belledechocchipcookie Wed 22-Jun-11 21:29:24

I won them on Twitter from Eurostar. 2 Eurostar return tickets to Lille, 2 tickets to the festival and camp passes for 4 days. (sobs uncontrolably).

The prices are right, they are from the gov web site.

belledechocchipcookie Wed 22-Jun-11 21:31:39

www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Passports/howlongittakesandurgentappplications/DG_174109 sob! sad

europe.eurostar.com/2011/06/15/win-tickets-to-main-square-festival-in-lille Non transferable. sad

bubblecoral Wed 22-Jun-11 21:31:54

Check and send with the post office might work out a bit cheaper, although not much, and I have always had mine back within days using that service. They do say it can take up to two weeks though.

veritythebrave Wed 22-Jun-11 21:36:15

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talkingnonsense Wed 22-Jun-11 21:37:11

Technically you can go to France with photo Id and not an actual passport- worth checking out?

wimpybar Wed 22-Jun-11 21:37:15

i got some brand new ones back within the week. i just went to a photographer to make sure photos would be ok and just sent it in

belledechocchipcookie Wed 22-Jun-11 21:37:41

I can't see how they can justify charging £96.50 for a child's passport! Bastards.

belledechocchipcookie Wed 22-Jun-11 21:38:47

Ds is 12, he doesn't have photo ID. I only have an out of date passport, no other ID. sad

VelvetSnow Wed 22-Jun-11 21:40:40

I think the cost of a passport is disgusting! But I realise they cannot be given out for free...

What I'd love is to be able to pay this on a monthly basis, (it would cost nothing compared to a one off cost) Just a monthly fee that everyone has to pay (a bit like TV license) and passports are automatically renewed etc etc...

I've just had a renewal in for my drivers license, i didn't even know they had to be renewed!

belledechocchipcookie Wed 22-Jun-11 21:42:45

You should have the option to pay as you go. If you travel more then you pay more. I've used my passport once, that was to travel to Ireland and they didn't even look at it! (1995 though)

UKSky Wed 22-Jun-11 21:43:06

"Technically you can go to France with photo Id and not an actual passport- worth checking out?"

Sorry this is wrong You DEFINITELY NEED a passport to travel to France.

Peachy Wed 22-Jun-11 21:43:23

My ut of date apssport was renewed last week within 4 days.

Worth a shot?

ASByatt Wed 22-Jun-11 21:46:23

Hmm might be worth taking a chance on the normal service coming back in time if you would be using the passports on other occasions anyway, but pretty grim if they didn't make it! I posted DS's passport renewal stuff off last Wednesday, nothing back yet.

dementedma Wed 22-Jun-11 21:47:04

DD's new passport arrived within about 10 days. £70 quid I think

Peachy Wed 22-Jun-11 21:47:10

Maybe it depends on whcih office you sue as well? My office is Newport

belledechocchipcookie Wed 22-Jun-11 21:50:01

I think the nearest one is Peterborough. I could send the forms off, I have 2 here. Ds has not been abroard before, he's not really had a real holiday come to think of it. Why's it all so hard? sad

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