16 Nov

Last-minute passport panics cost £64 million

Last-minute passport panics cost £64 million

Not renewing passports until the last-minute costs British travellers around £64 million each year, claims new research.

Figures from travel insurance company Columbus Direct show one in nine people do not leave sufficient time before travelling so they have to pay extra for fast track passport renewals.

Over the past three years, it is estimated 2.2 million people had to pay out for a seven-day passport renewal service and 1.4 million were forced to pay extra for same day fast-tracking of their new passport.

At present, the standard cost for renewing an adult 32-page passport is £72 and takes around three weeks. For a seven-day processing time it costs £103, while same day is £128.

Rob Thomas, head of brand at Columbus Direct said: "Going on holiday is expensive enough without the added cost of paying for a premium passport service.

"Before booking a trip, travellers should check their passport expiry date as well as the specific country’s passport and visa requirements to make sure that they can travel abroad. The advice from the passport office is clear: do not book a trip abroad until you have a valid passport."ADNFCR-1222-ID-801828476-ADNFCR

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