British travellers may very well be left ready for as much as 10 weeks for a brand new passport this summer time, HM Passport Workplace has warned, after a delay in processing time brought on by the pandemic and a current surge in demand for brand spanking new journey paperwork.
Underneath the revised timeframe, a passport utilized for as we speak is probably not obtained till mid-June – one month after the proposed restart of worldwide leisure journey, on Could 17. These hoping for an early summer time getaway have been urged to examine their paperwork now.
In the meantime, analysis by the Submit Workplace revealed that 22 million Britons are unaware of recent post-Brexit passport necessities – which incorporates the necessity for six months’ validity for many EU getaways. Nearly half of holidaymakers danger being caught out by post-Brexit crimson tape, with the survey revealing that 42 per cent weren’t conscious of recent passport validity guidelines, whereas 37 per cent of individuals have no idea when their EHIC (European Well being Insurance coverage Card) expires.
Simply 4 million folks utilized for a passport in 2020, in contrast with round seven million throughout a ‘regular’ 12 months – suggesting that as journey restrictions carry, the passport delay might worsen.
Rory Boland, editor of shopper journal Which? Journey, has warned Britons to not get caught out. He mentioned: “The numerous drop within the variety of folks making use of for a passport final 12 months means we might see a sudden spike in demand after we can all begin travelling once more.
“That, and adjustments as a result of Brexit, might imply you’ll want to apply for a brand new passport before you suppose.”