As a Bruneian, we have one of the stronger passports in the world – ranked 23rd by Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index. As such, we are eligible for visa-free travel to a total of 151 countries including US (only ESTA needed), the EU. So I'm super psyched to be a holder of one 😂
However, call me weird but one of those things that gives me terrible anxiety are stuff like renewing passports.
On the night before I usually obsess about how I need to be there at 7am before they open so that they don't run out of queue numbers, terrorise everyone about why can't I do this online? Why this? Why that? People are going to stare at me cause I dunno anything, will there be labels telling me where to go and if I'm in the right place? 😂😂😂
So today I finally went to renew my passport and it went really well, haha!
However, for people with the same kind of documentation anxiety as me, I've compiled a step by step guide on how to do it.
STEP ONE: Make an appointment.
Did you know that you now can make an appointment for passport renewal?
All you have to do is simply call their number at 2381856 or 2382257 between 830am to 1130am to book a slot convenient for you.
– Call at least a day earlier
– Come 15 minutes before your appointment
– Have all documentation ready
STEP ONE: COME EARLY
HOWEVER! If like me, you didn't know about this whole appointment thing, don't worry!
Walk-ins are welcome too!
BUT! COME EARLY!
How early is early? Well, depends on you haha.
I came at about 840am on a Saturday and my number was 56. My friend was there at 730am and his number was 10. When I sat, he was just leaving.
So the earlier u are, higher chance u have of completing the process faster!
Note: There is a quota of how many walk in customers they can accept per day so on certain days if you come late, there may be a chance of u not being entertained.
STEP TWO: Make sure all your documents are ready
All you need is a:
- Form – duly completed and signed (You can get this at the venue itself but if you like to fill them in early, you can download the forms available here)
- Copy of IC
- Copy of Passport
STEP THREE: Submit your form & then wait in line
The place to submit your form is at the Third Floor, the room on your far left.
There is a counter, and a friendly and helpful man who will assign u a number and assist you.
After that, you sit and wait for your name to be called.
Bring books, powerbank, knitting kit – the wait can take from 30 to 90 minutes or in my case, 1 hour.
STEP 4: Get your photo taken!
This part is le simple. The lovely staff will assist you.
First, you record your fingerprints on their digital scanner, and then, photo time!
FYI, the photo needs to have your ears visible and hey, smile!
STEP 4: Payment!
There will be a counter for payment and they will provide a receipt with pickup date.
STEP 5: Finished!
The passport will be done in 3 days. HOWEVER!
Look what came in by SMS at 422pm 😂
Well done to the Department of Immigration & National Registration for being awesome and efficient. 🙂
Hope this article helps you a bit with your passport renewing anxiety. 😂