What to do if you need to renew your passport amid current delays

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The new post-Brexit passport is blue, and very behind schedule - afp
The new post-Brexit passport is blue, and very behind schedule – afp

So badly have Covid-19 measures hit the Passport Office, that some families have been forced to cancel their holidays this summer.

The average time taken to process applications is currently around double the pre-coronavirus timescale, but some have been delayed up to four months – forcing cancellations and also making it hard for anyone whose passport is nearing its ten-year expiry date to plan their trips.

Currently waiting times are reported to be averaging 45 days for a first adult passport, 33 days for a first child’s passport, 28 days for a child’s renewal and 23 days for an adult’s. But remember, these are averages and you can’t rely on them. So how do you make sure that you aren’t caught up in the delays?

Here is our checklist.

  1. Do not apply for a new passport or a

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