Passport Office staff are taking industrial action in a continuing dispute over staff shortages which is claimed led to a backlog in processing applications. Extra staff were drafted in to deal with the backlog of 30,000 applications earlier this year.
Julian Bray Travel Expert writes: Failure to produce a passport or a passport with more than 6 months validity could ruin overseas holiday plans AND invalidate travel insurance. Holiday companies will not be making any refunds either! Before you book a family holiday, check that all passports are valid or seriously consider a stay at home holiday this year.
Also to confuse matters those heading for America need to apply for an electronic visa and this requires valid passports at the start of the process. In addition anyone, even with a minor criminal conviction, at any time, needs to declare this in full even though the conviction may be spent in the UK.
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