MILLIONS of Britons face canceled summer holidays over major delays in processing passports, ministers have warned.
Five million people delayed renewing their passports during the pandemic, prompting unprecedented demand as Covid restrictions were lifted.
And a 10-week target for processing applications has been repeatedly missed, MPs said.
Post-Brexit EU rules require UK passports to be valid for at least three months.
MPs also accused the passport office of monitoring an “absolute mess” and said the situation was predictable.
They said voters canceled holidays, missed funerals and rearranged travel because of the delays, The Times reported.
Immigration Secretary Kevin Foster urged travelers to submit their applications as soon as possible.
Minister of transport Grant Shapps Also, airlines blasted frequent flight cancellations and urged them to “put reliability back into the system” ahead of the summer peak season.
Airlines and airports have blamed Covid-related staff absences and recruitment battles.
Stuart McDonald, the SNP’s internal affairs spokesman, said: “All of our constituents have to cancel holidays, miss funerals, rearrange visits, and even a new ten-week target is routinely missed.
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“What is being done to prevent this predictable chaos from getting worse?
“And can we be sure that the ten-week target won’t be extended any further as we get closer to summer?”
Foster said: “In the last month alone we have processed a million passport applications.
“To put that in context, we’re typically dealing with seven million in a full year.”
It comes after a family missed their £3,000 holiday in Portugal due to a passport error.
Mum Nina Gurd was unable to board her flight with husband John and their three sons Jack, Harry and Charlie after being told her passport was not valid as it expires next month.
Earlier this month, Mama Ana Tiganescu was forced to leave her son at a Ryanair check-in after a confusing passport rule ruined their vacation.
Last year a 67-year-old pensioner lost her dream holiday worth £2,600 because of the new passport rules.
And passenger Abi Campbell was prevented from boarding her flight back to Glasgow from Tenerife after she thought her passport was valid.
Despite EU rules allowing Brits to only have three months in their passport to enter the country, some Airlines ask Brits six monthswhich leads to further confusion.
Earlier this month we shared how Brits canceled trips due to Passport renewal delays and errors.
https://www.thesun.ie/travel/8705417/brits-holidays-cancel-passport-shambles/ Brits face Bank Holiday chaos as passport ‘mess’ could see millions of summer outings CANCELLED