UK Brits warned over 10-week wait for new passports last minute news


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- The maximum time for processing a British passport application has more than tripled

UK Brits warned over 10-week wait for new passports last minute news


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- The maximum time for processing a British passport application has more than tripled

UK Brits warned over 10-week wait for new passports last minute news
06 April 2021 - 19:30

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Brits are being warned that they may be facing a long wait for new passports. Due to an unexpected spike in demand, the maximum time for processing a British passport application has more than tripled. HM Passport Office is now telling travellers to allow up to 10 weeks to receive the vital document, which is up from three weeks previously. In 2020, just four million people applied for a passport amid the collapse in overseas travel due to the coronavirus pandemic. This is compared to around seven million during a normal year. HM Passport Office director-general Abi Tierney said: “It is vital those who may need to apply for a new passport do so now. If you have delayed renewing your passport or are applying for the first time, please apply now so you can receive it in good time. “Our dedicated staff work tirelessly to ensure that passport applications are processed as quickly as possible.

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.” (Image: Getty Images) Overseas leisure travel from the UK is banned due to coronavirus lockdowns, but could be permitted from May 17 under Boris Johnson’s road map for easing restrictions in England. Industry experts suspect there could now be a rush of passport applications in anticipation of the holiday ban being lifted in the UK. Rory Boland, editor of consumer magazine Which? Travel, said: “With the ban on international travel it’s easy to forget about your passport, but it’s vitally important that you check its validity if you are even considering a trip in the next few months. “The significant drop in the number of people applying for a passport last year means we could see a sudden spike in demand when we can all start travelling again. “That, and changes due to Brexit, could mean you need to apply for a new passport sooner than you think. “If your passport is not up to date when you are due to travel, you will lose the money for your flight or holiday as your provider will not refund you and insurance will not cover you for the error.” As a result of Brexit, UK passport holders travelling to the European Union must ensure their passport has at least six months validity remaining and is less than 10 years old. Read More Related Articles Everything Boris Johnson said on visiting AstraZeneca’s Macclesfield site - including defending the jab Read More Related Articles HMRC launches new taskforce to find furlough and Eat Out To Help Out cheats

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