To make sure you never miss out on your favourite NEW stories, we're happy to send you some reminders
Click 'OK' then 'Allow' to enable notifications
| Last updated
Millions of Brits could find their holiday plans scuppered this summer due to huge backlogs at the Passport Office - with a 10-week average wait.
Difficulties have arisen for many holidaymakers due to new post-Brexit rules. Brits are no longer able to travel to the EU on passports close to their expiry dates.
Under Schengen area rules, your passport must be less than 10 years old on the day you travel, and valid for at least three months after you plan to leave.
The three month rule does not apply, however, if you are travelling to Ireland.
These rules do apply to travel to some non-EU countries too, including Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City.
Home Office minister Kevin Foster has warned people hoping to travel abroad this summer should apply to renew outdated passports "as soon as possible". He also told MPs the Government had no intention of letting the current 10-week processing time worsen any further.
Responding to questions raised by MPs, Foster said: "We dealt with a million passport applications last month alone. To put that into context, we usually deal with seven million in a whole year."
"I would point out that where people have compelling and compassionate circumstances such as a funeral, applications can be expedited and it has now been for some time we have been advising to allow for up to 10 weeks for an application to be processed, and last year sent 4.7 million texts reminding people whose passports have expired to renew them."
"We don't have any intention to further extend [the ten week wait]." He continued.
"We are at the moment processing most passports well within it, but we would advise people this is a very, virtually unprecedented surge in demand, and if people are planning to travel this summer we would advise them to get their application in as soon as possible."
Chosen for YouChosen for You
Most Read StoriesMost Read