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How to get a brand new passport in just TWO DAYS

The SUMMER holidays could be in jeopardy as the passport office struggles to keep up with rising demand.

Ministers this week warned people not to get theirs Passport applications sorted as quickly as possible.

With no travel restrictions in place for those returning to the UK, many families will be taking their first trip abroad in two years over the summer holidays - this is how you can ensure your holiday goes off without a hitch

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With no travel restrictions in place for those returning to the UK, many families will be taking their first trip abroad in two years over the summer holidays – this is how you can ensure your holiday goes off without a hitchPhoto credit: Shutterstock

It follows the Easter chaos when airlines canceled thousands of flights and travelers faced lengthy delays.

With no travel restrictions in place for those returning to the UK, many families will take their first trip abroad in two years over the summer holidays.

So how can you make sure your summer break stays safe? And what to do if everything goes wrong?

We answer all your travel questions.

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What’s going on with passport applications?:

A staggering five million people have delayed extending their passports because of the pandemic, according to government figures

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A staggering five million people have delayed extending their passports because of the pandemic, according to government figuresCredit: Alamy

Since Brexit, new EU travel rules have come into force, meaning all travelers must have at least three months left in their passports at the end of their trip, and all passports must have been issued within the last ten years.

Additionally, a staggering five million people have delayed extending their passports because of the pandemic, according to the government.

This, together with the post-Brexit rules, has led to this chaotic delays in the passport office, with a huge influx of vacationers suddenly renewing themselves.

If you’re not sure when your passport expires, check now.

How long is the wait?

It’s ten weeks for new passports, but if yours needs to be renewed, do it now.

There are fears among MEPs that this ten-week target will not be met. So the sooner you apply for a new one, the less you are at risk.

The easiest way to apply is online at gov.uk. It costs £75.50 for an adult and £49 for a child.

Can I get one faster?

If you are in a difficult situation and cannot wait ten weeks, the only option is to pay more.

You’ll need to make an appointment at your nearest passport office – there are only seven in the UK: London, Newport, Peterborough, Durham, Belfast, Glasgow and Liverpool.

Depending on how quickly you need it, you can use the One Week Fast Track service, which will set you back £142 for an adult and £122 for a child, or the Online Premium service, which will get you a new one in two days Passport obtained but costs a whopping £177.

However, leaving it too late is risky and emergency applications cannot always be relied on, with recent reports claiming that very few appointments are available.

I heard flights are being cancelled?

British Airways has grounded more than 1,000 flights to Europe and beyond in recent weeks and those cancellations are expected to last through the end of June

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British Airways has grounded more than 1,000 flights to Europe and beyond in recent weeks and those cancellations are expected to last through the end of JuneCredit: PA

The UK’s two biggest airlines have canceled thousands of flights since all Covid restrictions were lifted last month.

British Airways has canceled more than 1,000 flights to Europe and beyond in recent weeks these cancellations are now expected to last until the end of June.

Low-cost airline easyJet has cut around five per cent of flights on some days, including some with just a few hours’ notice.

What if mine gets cancelled?

Don’t panic, you have a few options. Anyone whose flight is canceled has a legal right to a refund, a seat on an alternative flight or the ability to change their departure date.

In addition, you may even be able to claim compensation of up to £350, but only if you are given less than 14 days’ notice.

Should I expect delays at the airport?

Many major airports across the UK, notably Manchester, have experienced major delays

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Many major airports across the UK, notably Manchester, have experienced major delaysPhoto credit: David Dyson – Commissioned by The Sun

Yes, many major airports across the UK, notably Manchester, have experienced this huge delays.

Unfortunately, there’s no way to avoid the queues, but arriving early will ensure you get through baggage drop and security on time.

Manchester Airport advises passengers to arrive at least three hours before departure.

If you live near the airport, consider checking in your luggage the day before your flight departs – this service is offered by many major tour operators, including Tui.

I would like to book a holiday, what is the best way to do this?

If you have yet to book, the surest way to take off is with an Atol protected package.

Any operator who sells you a flight and other item such as A hotel, villa or even car rental company MUST provide you with an Atol – you can check if it is offered by searching for the Atol logo on the website.

This ensures that your money is safe and you are not stranded abroad if the company you booked with goes bust.

Booking your flight and hotel separately does not give you the same protection as a package.

What about the Covid rules?

Covid travel rules were scrapped for anyone traveling to the UK on March 18

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Covid travel rules were scrapped for anyone traveling to the UK on March 18Photo credit: Getty

All Covid travel rules were scrapped for anyone traveling to the UK on March 18th.

This means you don’t have to worry about tests, forms or quarantine when you return from holiday, but you may still need to take a test for the destination country you are visiting.

What about other countries?

Heathrow says more than 50 per cent of the destinations it serves still require some form of Covid-related administration, be it a negative test, proof of vaccination or a passenger locator form.

Check the rules for the place making sure you have everything you need.

The best place to find the most up-to-date rules is on the Foreign Office’s website at gov.uk.

Do I need travel insurance?

Yes. It is a must for all holidaymakers even if you are staying in the UK.

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Opt for a policy that offers Covid coverage – we’re not out of the woods yet and things could still go wrong.

Baggage insurance from a reputable provider is the best way to protect your money.

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