Travellers advised to allow up to ten weeks to apply for a British passport
By Claire Benktander | 11 Apr 2022
Those hoping to travel this year are being urged not to leave their application for a British passport to the last minute and allow up to 10 weeks to apply for a renewed or new passport, with demand at an all-time high.
Since April 2021, HM Passport Office has been advising people to allow up to ten weeks when applying for their passport.
Due to COVID-19, HM Passport Office saw a significant drop in the number of people applying for passports, with over 5 million people delaying their applications throughout 2020 and 2021. But with international travel returning to normal, more and more people are applying for a new passport.
While there are urgent services for people who need their passport more quickly, appointment availability is limited. People are therefore strongly advised to apply early and help ensure that their holiday plans go smoothly.
Director General of HM Passport Office, Abi Tierney, said: “Now that international travel has resumed, we know people will be looking at going away on holiday and yet many people are leaving applying for a passport too late.
“The summer holidays are fast approaching so if you need a new passport, we urge you to apply now.
“Our dedicated staff are working tirelessly to ensure that passport applications are processed as quickly as possible.”