Warning as millions of Brits urged to check passports before Monday deadline over 10-week delays

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Millions of holidaymakers in Britain could be at risk of having their travel plans cancelled for not having a valid passport due to the lengthy delays. Monday (May 9) is the last date for a 10-week passport renewal for those who are wanting to get away on July 18. This is the week many schools across England and Wales start to break up for the summer.

Figures obtained from the Passport Office show almost 7% of the UK’s total population will see their documents expire before July 18, the Mirror reports. However, checking your passport by May 9 would mean any new documentation would arrive in time for your holiday.

Travelling without a valid passport is against the law, and most European countries now require British travellers to have a passport which is valid for at least three months after the date they intend to leave the EU country they are visiting. For some destinations, your passport will need to have been issued in the past 10 years.

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Graham Ward-Lush, head of travel at Co-op Insurance, said: “Many of us won’t have had a proper summer holiday since 2019 and we know that millions of Brits all over the country are eagerly anticipating this year’s getaway, particularly as most travel restrictions have now been lifted.

“But with many passports having been lying in a drawer for the past two years, we’re urging travellers to check the expiration date on their own passports and also any family member’s today. Many families in England and Wales will be looking to get away at the end of July, which means May 9 is a good deadline to set yourself in order to ensure that new documents arrive back in time.

“There can’t be a more heart-breaking scenario than unearthing a passport the night before travel, only to realise that it is out of date. We want to help ensure that people all over the UK manage to have their dream holiday this summer and aren’t stranded at home due to invalid travel documentation.” Passport renewals cost £75.50 online or £85 by post, and can be done digitally using the Government’s online service or via the Post Office’s check and send service.

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