FAMILIES wanting to get their children’s passports back in time for their vacation can wait up to five months.
One family said they applied back in January 2022 — and still haven’t gotten them back.
James Crockett, 39, said they applied for his son Reece’s new passport back in January.
He was hoping to have it in time for his family’s first holiday abroad together, which was a £6,000 all-inclusive trip to Egypt with his wife Anna, 38, and daughter Tayla, 11.
James told Sun Online Travel: “My son turned 16 in January so I applied for a child pass.
“Because the application was beyond his 16th birthday, they changed it from a child passport to an adult passport.”
This is where the problems started.
He said: “They asked us to switch from an online application to a postal application because they wanted more paperwork from us.”
“I’m not Reece’s biological father, but when he was six he wanted the same last name as his sister, mine and my wife’s, so it was changed via deed poll.
“We knew this would cause problems with another name, that’s why we applied for it so early.”
They asked for pictures of Reece, his full birth certificate, and proof of his new last name from school letters and bank statements.
James also had to pay an extra £30 for the adult passport – which was supposed to take 24 hours but took more than two weeks to process.
They were also told to make a video appointment to quickly trace the passport but were unable to get one for days, particularly as Reece was still at school.
Any additional requests took weeks to request and process, he said, slowing down the entire request.
James said it had been a “nightmare”, adding it had gone from “worse to worse” and emailed his local MP and even Boris Johnson in despair.
And it’s not just Reece’s passport — her daughter Tayla’s new passport was still delayed in the system, even though she never changed her name.
James said: “We’re going away on July 29 and at the moment we don’t think we’re going to go away, especially given the delays in passports.
“My grandma died of cancer last year and she wanted to use the money from her estate to pay for this whole holiday for us.
“My wife has never been out of the country, neither have my two children.”
“It’s stressful for all of us because we don’t go on vacation if we don’t get our passports back in time.”
James isn’t the first person to fear for his holiday due to passport delays.
A couple could be forced to cancel their wedding abroad because they are late getting their passports back.
Another woman had to miss her £2,000 holiday with her family in Spain due to delays in passports.
The government is currently advising Brits to give up to 10 weeks to get their passports back.
Brits have had other problems with passports too – one family had their £5,000 Disney holiday ruined after accidentally being sent a stranger’s passport instead.
And anyone traveling to Europe is advised to check their passport’s expiry date, as new rules have seen Britons being turned away from their flights.
https://www.thesun.ie/travel/8773082/holiday-warning-passport-kids-delay/ Holiday warning as family waits FIVE MONTHS for children’s passes