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Hit by passport application delays? Your travel and compensation rights explained

With record numbers lodging passport applications after putting off renewals during the pandemic, delays at the Passport Office are threatening to derail holidays for many. We round up your travel and compensation rights.

17 May 2022

Easyjet or Ryanair passenger? You can claim a refund and £100s in compensation if you're wrongly told your passport isn't valid

Some EasyJet and Ryanair passengers have wrongly been told at the departure gate that they can't board flights because their passports are invalid. If you've been incorrectly turned away but your passport is fit for travel, here's how to get a full refund and £100s in compensation on top. Plus, we confirm the passport rules for European travel.

13 May 2022

Exclusive: More than half a million people missed out on cheapest passport rates because they applied by post – here's how to cut costs

Over three million Brits saved on their passport applications by applying online instead of by post last year – but more than half a million missed out, MoneySavingExpert.com (MSE) can reveal.

4 April 2022

Travellers warned of 10-week passport renewal wait - so apply NOW if hoping to go away this summer

Hopeful holidaymakers have been urged to apply for new passports or to renew existing ones as soon as possible to avoid delays of up to ten weeks. Usually passports take between four and six weeks to be processed.

12 April 2021

Passport application backlog of 410,000 due to coronavirus delays

There is currently a backlog of 410,000 UK passport applications due to coronavirus-related delays, according to new Government figures

22 July 2020

Three million pay extra for passports after leaving it late to renew

More than three million applications for pricier premium and fast-track passport renewals have been made in the past five years, costing travellers an extra £130 million, MoneySavingExpert.com can reveal

20 November 2018

Post Office launches 'digital' passport renewals

The Post Office will now let you renew your passport online at 725 branches across the UK - but it'll cost £15 more than doing it yourself

9 November 2018

Revealed: Passport applicants given shorter renewals after stealth rule change

Travellers have found time left on their existing passport hasn't been added to their new one after renewing

13 September 2018

Warning: 75,000 a week miss out on cheapest passport application rates

100,000s of Brits are paying more than they need to for a new or replacement passport, official data shows

3 July 2018

Passport prices go up on 27 March - how to beat the hike

Online passport application costs are set to increase by £3 and postal application costs by £12.50

30 January 2018