Open Letter to Abi Tierney, Director General, HMPO.
We provide our thoughts, advice and facts on the current passport delays.
Since Brexit new rules have come into place regarding European travel and passport validity. The new rules state that if you have six months or less on your passport when you travel you will need to renew it before going on your holiday.
The UK Government have launched a new service on their website to make it easy for you to check if your passport will be valid and in date for your trip.
How to check if your passport is valid for your travel dates:
Information you will require to enter into the government checker tool:
- Passport issue date
- Passport expiry date
- Your intended travel date
You can access the tool on the government website here
If you do need to renew your passport it is essential to do it as soon as possible in advance of your trip.
For all 1st time applicants it is necessary to have an interview either at a Passport Office location or over Skype due to COVID-19. The interview is to ensure the passport is being issued to the correct person and to establish your identity.