If your passport expires this year, you can apply for an extension here

PASSPORT delays and confusion over expiry dates cause havoc for thousands of UK holidaymakers.

With official advice now suggesting doubling processing time and airlines changing their passport rules, here’s everything you need to know.

Delays in passport renewals are wreaking havoc for families wanting a summer break


Delays in passport renewals are wreaking havoc for families wanting a summer break

How long does a passport renewal take?

Due to the lack of travel opportunities over the past two years with Covid-19 restrictions, it is estimated that 7% of the UK population is due for a passport renewal but has waited until now to do so.

This has created a huge backlog of renewal applications at the passport office, leading them to change the standard guidance from a five-week waiting period to ten weeks.

This means: Anyone planning a break abroad at the beginning of the summer holidays must apply for an extension by May 9th in order to receive their passport in time.

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Passport renewals can be processed digitally through the government’s online service or through the Post Office’s check and mailing service. The cost ranges from £75 to £85.

Fast track service

However, if you are really in a hurry, there is the option of a quick passport renewal service, but it will cost you more.

To do this, you need to pick up a form from the post office that needs to be filled out before you go online and book an in-person appointment.

You can also spend a little more to buy a frequent traveler pass, which has 50 pages instead of the usual 34 pages.

The price points are:

  • Child passport: £122 (50-page frequent traveler passport: £132)
  • Adult passport: £142 (50-page frequent traveler passport: £152)

How long do I need until the expiry date of the passport?

Since the United Kingdom left the European Union, some rules regarding passport expiry dates have changed.

Brits used to only need a valid passport to travel to countries across Europe, but new rules now apply.

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

Low-cost airline EasyJet recently changed its rules from six months remaining passport validity to just three months.

They risk numerous claims for compensation from holidaymakers whom they previously banned from flying due to confusion about the rules.

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Here is a full list of countries that still require six months on your passport to enter.

And there are three important things to check in your passport before you travel, including any damage or missing pages.

Passport renewal now takes up to 10 weeks


Passport renewal now takes up to 10 weeksCredit: Department of the Interior If your passport expires this year, you can apply for an extension here

Fry Electronics Team

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