TUI has issued an important warning to tourists about changes to passport rules ahead of the busy summer season.
The travel provider sent an email to all customers with vacations booked this year urging travelers to check the date in their passport well before they fly.
What passport requirements must travelers meet?
TUI warned that several non-EU countries require at least six months validity on passports on the date of arrival at the destination.
Meanwhile, the UK’s departure from the European Union means more countries now require UK passports to be months old for entry.
Under Schengen area rules, it is a requirement that passports are no more than 10 years old when entering an EU country and must be valid for at least three months after the day you are due to travel home.
Those traveling to an EU country are urged to check their passport issue date, as well as the expiration date, before traveling abroad.
The warning comes after a teenager was denied boarding on a Ryanair flight despite his passport meeting EU standards.
How long does it take to get a new passport?
Travelers who need to renew their passport are advised to do so as soon as possible, as there are currently long delays in processing, and the Home Office warns that passport renewals could take up to ten weeks.
If you’re planning a trip abroad this summer, you can apply for a new passport online through the government’s website.
You’ll need a digital photo, a credit or debit card and your current passport, and you’ll need to pay £75.50 for renewal.
If you need a passport urgently, fast tracking of your passport application is possible. You will need to book an appointment at the passport office and pay online. Appointments can be made up to three weeks in advance.
If you use the Online Premium service, you will get your new passport at your appointment, which takes up to 30 minutes. It costs £177 (or £187 for a 50-page frequent flyer passport) for this option, and can only be used to renew an adult passport that was issued after December 31, 2001.
This service can be used to renew an adult or child passport, change a name on a passport, make changes to personal details, replace a lost, stolen or damaged passport, or apply for a child’s first passport.
This service costs £142 for an adult passport (or £152 for a 50 page frequent flyer passport), or £122 for a child passport (or £132 for a 50 page frequent flyer passport).
If you are unable to use the services online, you can book an appointment and pay over the phone by calling the Passport Adviceline on 0300 222 0000.
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This notice was published: 2022-05-06 10:03:37