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Family issues passport warning to others after being forced to cancel £1,800 holiday in Spain

A FAMILY have had to cancel their £1,800 holiday to the Canary Islands after being stuck without one of their passports due to major delays.

Scott Gavin had booked a vacation to Fuerteventura with his wife Leanne and their six children Jake, Robert, Chloe, Ellie, Emily and Megan as a Christmas present.

A family has had to cancel their £1,800 Spanish holiday due to passport delays

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A family has had to cancel their £1,800 Spanish holiday due to passport delaysPhoto credit: Getty

However, he sent off five of her passports for renewal in November, hoping to get them back by January.

Only four arrived on time – and so they had to cancel their vacation.

He said Liverpool echo that his son’s passport did not have his father’s middle name, which caused problems.

He said: “We tried to apply for a new passport quickly but couldn’t because we didn’t get the old passport back, so we had to apply for it via a lost passport and we ended up having to cancel our holiday in January.

“Everything just went haywire, it was an absolute nightmare.”

They then rebooked the Mallorca trip for Easter – only the passport is still not there.

He said it was “absolutely shocking” that he was unable to contact anyone about the lost passport.

He added: “We missed a £1,800 holiday in January and had to pay for two passports for a child when there is evidence we sent the first details when they were first asked. We thought booking in April would give them plenty of time.”

The government website says customers should allow up to 10 weeks to receive their passport after submitting their application.

It also said typical processing times for standard online applications in the week ending March 20, 2022 were between five and six weeks – although many have waited longer than the 10 weeks.

Gavin isn’t the only one have to cancel their vacation due to delays in returning her passport in recent weeks.

One person wrote: “My daughter missed her vacation even though the application was submitted on January 31st. Out of pocket too.”

Another wrote: “I still haven’t got mine back after 10+ weeks! Have to fly in three weeks.”

Someone else wrote: “Renewed seven weeks ago was told it would come in time. Hours on hold, no calls back.”

A fourth tweeted: “Applied with plenty of time – stated 5 weeks at time of application. Had 10 weeks travel time. Looks like £4,000 of holiday is wasted.”

Brits were even banned from boarding flights due to confusing passport rules.

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The government website confirms that Brits must have at least three months left on their passport to travel to an EU country, saying it must be “valid for at least 3 months after the date you are due to travel (check that). ,Expiry Date’). Date’)”.

However, airlines like easyJet and Ryanair take six months – causing confusion.

Many families have said they waited more than 10 weeks

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Many families have said they waited more than 10 weeksPhoto credit: Getty

https://www.thesun.ie/travel/8622000/passport-cancelled-holiday-kids-delay/ Family issues passport warning to others after being forced to cancel £1,800 holiday in Spain

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