British passport applications are processed quickly in five days for Britons going on vacation for the next two weeks – while the government is struggling 400,000 behind Covid
- If you have waited longer than a month and have to travel within two weeks, you will receive your passport within five days of new measures
- The plans announced by the home office as a coronavirus backlog have exceeded 400,000
- Passport demand is increasing as the government relaxes restrictions on travel abroad
- The government urges people not to book vacations until they have a valid passport
British passport applications that have been delayed by the backlog caused by the corona virus will be speeded up if people are supposed to go on vacation within two weeks, the government announced.
The passport office announced that customers who have waited longer than four weeks will receive their passport within five working days to clear the backlog and ensure that people's travel plans are not compromised.
According to the new measures, which come into force immediately, applicants must demonstrate that they must travel within two weeks.
The Home Office has announced new measures to clear the passport jam caused by the coronavirus pandemic. This means that customers can receive their passport within five working days if they have waited longer than a month and have to travel within two weeks
Britons applying for passports have to wait up to four months to process their applications. However, new rules mean that your application can be expedited if you meet the requirements
The announcement comes after recent figures show that Passport Office employees are lagging more than 400,000 applications late due to corona virus pandemic delays.
According to the Ministry of the Interior, the processing of forms takes longer than usual due to the reduced number of staff to enable social distance.
The passport office is having difficulty getting its 2,000 employees back into the office due to the guidelines, which means that some Britons have to wait four months for new documents.
It follows the relaxation of the Federal Foreign Office guidelines on non-essential travel and quarantine rules and paves the way for trips abroad to destinations such as Spain, Germany, France and Italy.
In an update released yesterday, the Home Office said that more and more people who don't meet the urgent and compassionate criteria want a passport faster because restrictions continue to subside, especially for those with pre-existing bookings.
It added that for adults who are applying for a passport for the first time, the required security controls mean that the process takes longer than for those who renew their passport.
However, it insisted that employees work hard to ensure that people with pre-planned trips don't miss a thing if their passport application “is submitted correctly and on time”.
They said that more than 6,500 passports were issued to people for compassionate and urgent reasons during the Corona virus blockade.
These new measures will not affect those who apply for compassionate passports in an emergency.
The relaxation of the Federal Foreign Office guidelines on non-essential travel and quarantine rules paved the way for trips abroad to destinations such as Spain, Germany and Italy
Passport Office has problems getting employees back to the office due to distancing guidelines
Earlier this week the government announced that around 126,000 passport applications were being processed – 31 percent more than in the same period last year.
They added that 284,000 applications still had to be processed – a 172 percent over the previous year.
The passport office insists that people should not book a trip until they have received their passport.
HMPO encourages everyone who has to apply online as this speeds up the process.
A spokesman said: "It is important that anyone who carefully checks that they are submitting the correct documents, has filled out the form correctly, and that their photo meets the correct specifications, as this also speeds up the process.
“But what HMPO also demands is that people, if they don't have to renew themselves now, should wait until after the summer.
& # 39; This is always a busy time and with the added difficulties during the coronavirus pandemic, HMPO has had to reduce its operations.
"But we are working hard to get the services up and running again as soon as possible."