‘Devastated’ girl, 6, misses first holiday abroad due to treacherous passport delays

Lexi-Mae, six, from Speke, could end her dreams of a holiday in Tenerife if her passport is not returned, despite being submitted five months ago – her mother’s and brother’s passports have already arrived

Katie Wilson has booked a holiday to Tenerife with her daughter Lexi-Mae and son Leighton-Stanley
Katie Wilson has booked a holiday to Tenerife with her daughter Lexi-Mae and son Leighton-Stanley

A six-year-old girl could miss her first vacation abroad due to exhausting passport delays.

Little Lexi-Mae is hoping to travel to Tenerife with her family, but her passport still hasn’t arrived after almost six months.

Her mother Katie Wilson, 23, submitted Lexi-Mae’s passport application on January 1, along with another for herself and her four-year-old son Leighton-Stanley.

But while Katie’s passport arrived in March, followed by Leighton-Stanley’s in April, the family are still waiting for Lexi-Mae’s passport to turn up.

Katie, from Speke in Liverpool, said she was asked to post her documents a second time on April 26 to support her daughter’s application after they were returned by the passport office.

With only 10 days left until the planned vacation, the single mom said she was having trouble sleeping at night due to the stress, she reported Liverpool echo.

Playa del Duque beach on Costa Adeje, Tenerife


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She has called the passport office countless times to find out when her daughter’s passport should arrive.

Katie said: “I sat down with my daughter of six to explain to her as best I could ‘I’m trying my best to solve it and get your passport but we might not be able to go’ and the one on the ground ruined look her face was terrible.

“I don’t want to let my kids down. I want them to have that desire and give them what I never had when I was younger.

The family hopes to vacation in Tenerife


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“I never went abroad when I was younger, it was my chance to do it for them.”

Katie claims she was passed from “pillar to post” by the passport office.

The devastated mum added the only thing she knows is that her daughter’s passport application is currently being processed in Durham.

The mother-of-two said it is the first time the family is traveling abroad together and the fact that it comes after a family member’s recovery from breast cancer makes the trip all the more special.

Brits face long delays in their passport applications


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Last Friday, Katie said she queued outside the passport office from 10:30am until it closed at 6pm, but no one was available to help her.

“We were really excited, we couldn’t wait,” she added.

“I finally paid for this holiday and I finally wanted to take my kids and make memories with them and have a lot of fun and obviously I have no excitement and no hope.

“I don’t sleep properly, I don’t eat, my skin is terrible from all the stress I’m doing.

“I don’t know what else I can do, I’ve done everything I could.”

The vacation would be Lexi-Mae’s first trip abroad


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HM Passport Office has noticed increased demand for passport applications following a lull during the pandemic.

A spokesman said: “Since April 2021, we have clearly stated that people should allow up to 10 weeks to apply for their passports to accommodate the increased demand which has resulted in five million people delaying their passport applications due to the pandemic to have.

“The overwhelming majority of applications are completed within 10 weeks, with the latest figures showing 90% were completed within six weeks.

“But we can’t jeopardize security checks and people should apply well in advance of travel.”

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