Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 22 Jan 2015
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I've just seen on the passport office website that the frequent traveller passport is being phased out on Nov 30.. My question is, does anyone know when the new scheme of letting people order replacement passports (with same number and expiry) would be introduced?
Member since 23 Oct 2013
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Member since 04 Nov 2017
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I am pretty keen to find this out too. One of the great advantages of this change I see is for those of us with APEC cards. They are linked to the passport number so if, in the future, we can get extra passports with the same number as the one which is full this will be FAR FAR better than frequent traveler ones. The problem is particularly acute now that the APEC card lasts 5 years. I go through 2 to 3 passports in that time.
Member since 10 May 2014
Total posts 83
The concurrent passport is only valid up to three years, but the duration is at the discretion of the issuer.
Oh ok cheers, I didn't realise it was up to 3 years. A family member has gone a concurrent passport but he seem to get the full 3 years each time (I guess a lot of travel to South America where visa's are needed is probably a factor).
Just phoned up the Passport Office, the new Replacement Passport will be available from Dec 4, issued with the same expiry as your previous passport, but with a *different* passport number unlike previous reported. So your existing passport will still be cancelled once you apply for your new one... that's a bummer. No escaping having to replace visas!
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