Passport delay ‘shambles’ warning to holidaymakers
Millions of holidaymakers could see their summer holiday plans wrecked by ‘shambolic’ delays in processing passports, MPs say.
People are advised to apply for new passports without fail amid as the lifting of Covid restrictions has led to a surge of renewals.
The Passport Office has consistently failed to meet its 10-week target for processing applications, they say.
MPs called it an ‘absolute shambles.’
“Something needs to be done to arrest this and quickly,” said Simon Hoare MP for North Dorset.
“All our constituents are having to cancel holidays, miss funerals, rearrange visits, with even a new 10-week target routinely being failed,” added SNP home affairs spokesman Stuart McDonald.
The Home Office said there is a ‘surge in demand’ with “about 180,000 passports being processed per week.
Under post-Brexit travel rules, UK nationals should have at least three months remaining on their passport to travel to the EU.