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Bank holiday warning as Brits wait MORE than 10 weeks for passports with renewals hit record high

FRANTIC Britons are forced to cancel their long-awaited holiday after waiting more than the 10 recommended weeks for passport renewals.

The government was forced to issue a holiday warningg after passport renewals hit a record high.

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While the usual wait is around five weeks, due to demand they have since warned against allowing for 10 weeks.

However, many families have said they waited longer, meaning they had to miss out on their vacation.

A mother said she had been waiting for two passports for her children for more than 12 weeks and will have to cancel her £2,400 holiday next week.

She wrote on the website Passportwaitingtime.co.uk: “Applied for the extension of my two children on 17 January and is currently pending.

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“I’ve been calling weekly for the past month as we have a holiday booked for April 19th. I submitted four applications in January and received two out of four.”

Another woman complained on Twitter: “I’ve allowed 10 weeks and my daughter’s passport still hasn’t come back! We fly in a week.”

A second added: “Sister-in-law has been waiting 10 weeks for a passport to leave the country on Friday, still no passport promised to drive fast after a complaint and no contact YET!

“Disgusting service and now three kids can’t go on holiday AND lost thousands of pounds.”


Many other families said they applied earlier this year before the advice was changed from five weeks to 10 weeks.

Others have had to either cancel or postpone their vacation to later in the year at their own expense.

Mum Katherine Turner had to miss her £2,200 Easter holiday in Spain with her family after waiting for her for eight weeks. daughter’s passport.

Another family was forced to cancel her £1,800 holiday to the Canary Islands after being stuck without one of their passports due to major delays.

And a 10-year-old boy was left “sobbing” afterwards forced to miss his school holidays with his friends due to delays in passport renewal.

HM Passport Office Director General Abi Tierney said: “Now that international travel has resumed we know people will be trying to go on holiday and yet many people are leaving too late to get a passport to apply.

“The summer holidays are fast approaching. So if you need a new passport, we urge you to apply now.”

According to the Timesthe passport office said it processed more than a million applications in March, up 13 percent from the last record high in March 2019.

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Here is the exact date you need order a new passport so that it arrives in time for the summer holidays, factoring in the 10-week wait.

And we’ve explained what to do if you Pass does not arrive in time for your vacation.

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Families were forced to cancel their vacations and lost thousands due to the chaos[/caption]

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