While holidays overseas are still not permitted, Her Majesty’s Passport Office is urging people not to delay applying for a British passport and to allow more time for applications to be processed.
During the pandemic, HM Passport Office has seen a significant drop in the number of people applying for passports. In a normal year, it processes around seven million passport applications, but in 2020 just over four million people applied for their passport.
While all applications will be processed as quickly as possible, people should now allow up to 10 weeks when applying for their British passport to help manage this demand.
I understand that HM Passport Office will be sending text messages to people whose passports are nearing expiration to let them know to allow more time when they renew. Residents should also keep in mind that certain countries require at least six months left on passports in order for entry to be granted. Countries' entry requirements can be found here.
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