People in Gedling borough are being warned that they may be facing a long wait for new passports.

HM Passport Office is telling travellers to allow up to 10 weeks to receive the vital document, which is up from three weeks previously.

An unexpected spike in demand has resulted in the maximum time for processing a British passport application being tripled.

HM Passport Office director-general Abi Tierney said: “It is vital those who may need to apply for a new passport do so now. If you have delayed renewing your passport or are applying for the first time, please apply now so you can receive it in good time.

“Our dedicated staff work tirelessly to ensure that passport applications are processed as quickly as possible.

“This new advice will help to ensure that we continue to meet the travel plans of our customers during any period of the very highest passport demand.”

Her Majesty’s Passport Office has announced it will be sending text messages to people whose passports are nearing expiration to let them know to allow more time when they renew.

Applying online is the cheapest and easiest way to obtain your passport.

Overseas leisure travel from the UK is banned due to coronavirus lockdowns, but could be permitted from May 17 under Boris Johnson’s road map for easing restrictions in England.



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