Who is eligible for a BN(O) passport?
Only British overseas territories citizens from Hong Kong who registered as British nationals (overseas) before 1 July 1997 will be able to apply for their first or re-new their existing British National (Overseas) passports.
If you are not already a British national (overseas), you cannot apply to become one.
Where can I apply?
You must apply online: https://www.gov.uk/overseas-passports
What documents do I need before I apply?
You will need provide the following when you will in your application form:
What happens after I submit and pay for my application?
You will receive a receipt from HM Passport Office with your name, application date, payment reference number and application reference number.
The receipt will also provide you with an address to which you must send the documents necessary for your application.
Do I need to send in physical documents? What documents do I have to send?
Yes, physical documents will have to be posted. The following documents need to be sent to the HM Passport Office:
If you don’t send all the documents required, your application will be delayed.
Do I need a countersignatory?
Some applications must be signed by someone else (“countersignatory”) to prove the identity of the person applying.
You must get a declaration form signed by a countersignatory if you are applying for a:
If your last BN(O) passport expired before 2004, you will most likely also need to obtain a countersignature.
Should you need a countersignatory, after you have submitted your application form a “Confirm someone’s identity” form will be made available to you to download and print.
Who can be my countersignatory?
Your countersignatory must:
Your countersignatory must NOT:
What does the countersignatory have to do?
In order to confirm your identity, your countersignatory will have to:
Your countersignatory will also have to provide you with a photocopy of their passport’s photo page, unless they are a UK or Irish passport holder.
Your countersignatory may be contacted by HM Passport Office for more information.
How much does the application cost?
A standard passport costs £86.
When you pay for the application, you will also be charged £19.86 as the courier fee for HM Passport Office to send your old and new passports to you separately.
Please note that you will also have to pay the necessary fees to send the necessary documents listed above to HM Passport Office.
How will I know if my application is being processed/successful?
You can sign in to the website provided on the receipt with your unique application reference number to manage and track your application.
Once a decision has been made on your application, you should also receive a SMS informing you of the outcome.
You should receive another SMS when your passport is being sent and a final SMS from the courier with a tracking number and an estimated date of arrival.