BRITS with holiday plans are being forced to cancel their trips due to delays and failures to renew their passports.
Travelers are warning of long waits to have their passports returned as thousands of Brits look to leave the UK following the easing of Covid restrictions.
The government website says customers should allow up to 10 weeks to receive their passport after submitting their application.
It also states that typical processing times for standard online applications in the week ending March 20, 2022 were between five and six weeks.
However, hundreds of angry people took to Twitter to say they waited longer and were forced to cancel their holiday because their passport did not arrive on time, with some leaving thousands of pounds out of their pockets.
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 to travel. Looks like £4,000 of holiday is wasted.”
Others even report errors in their passports that have prevented them from going abroad.
Someone wrote: “I’m paying for two fast track appointments because you made mistakes on both my 15 year old can’t go on our holiday tomorrow.”
The Home Office has been asked for comment.
Today’s passport warning comes just 24 hours after another passport warning was issued Britons were banned from boarding flights due to confusing rules.
After the UK left the EU, new rules were introduced that state how many months the passport must contain in order to be able to travel.
Brits used to only need a valid passport to travel to countries across Europe, but New rules are now available.
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’)”.
However, airlines like easyJet and Ryanair take six months – causing confusion.
Earlier this year, a woman was banned from boarding her flight to Bali Passport was too moldy.
And in November, a mother was banned from her flight after being said her passport was out of date – although it wasn’t.
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