We have to cancel our £40,000 wedding due to passport chaos

A COUPLE could be forced to cancel their £40,000 wedding thanks to the ongoing chaos at the passport office.

Lucia Thompson and her partner, both British and living in Australia, were due to fly to the UK to get married next month – but have since been told to allow 13 weeks for their newborn’s passport to arrive.

The ongoing chaos at the passport office could force a couple to call off their wedding abroad


The ongoing chaos at the passport office could force a couple to call off their wedding abroadPhoto credit: Getty

This means the husband and wife-to-be may have to postpone their wedding for the third time in two years after Covid ditched the first and second dates.

And they risk losing the small fortune they spent on the ceremony since most travel insurance doesn’t cover it passport delays.

Lucia tells guard fee: “We applied for our son’s passport in March as soon as the birth certificate was issued.

“The hotline told us we should have allowed more time even though we had no control over when our baby was born.

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“The cost of the wedding is around £40,000, not to mention the cost of guests flying in, and our insurance doesn’t cover us for passport issues.”

Lucia and her fiancé are among them Millions of families are at risk of losing their summer vacation due to “shambolic” pass delays.

Ministers have warned that the 10-week target for processing applications is being repeatedly missed.

The backlog has prompted the Home Office to urge travelers to submit their paperwork “as soon as possible” to avoid missing out and being left out of their pockets.

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Most holidaymakers wait around 10 to 12 weeks, but some have reported delays of up to five months.

A spokesman for the Passport Office said: “We have advised people to allow up to 10 weeks to apply for their UK passport as more than five million people have delayed applying due to the pandemic.

“We urge people who need a new passport to apply for one as soon as possible.

“The vast majority of all passport applications are processed well within 10 weeks.”

UK passports are required under post-Brexit EU rules at least three months left.

But some airlines are Ban travelers from boarding certain flights Unless they have six months left.

And other rules don’t involve anyone more than 10 years on their passport can no longer use the additional months.

Previous rules allowed Brits to extend up to nine months from their previous document, up to a maximum of 10 years and nine months – but these are no longer valid.

For example, if you are traveling to Spain in May 2022, the start date of your passport cannot be older than August 2012.

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