Travel boss warns passport processing delays will hit bookings

By Linsey McNeill
08/02/2023
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Advantage CEO Julia Lo Bue-Said is warning that long waits for passports will put people off travelling this summer.

The warning came after Home Secretary Suella Braverman allegedly told MPs that holidaymakers still need to allow 10 weeks for a new passport to be issued.

The 10-week deadline was introduced last year because of high demand as people started travelling again post-COVID.

Ms Braverman said it would have to remain because of ongoing ‘elevated and volatile’ demand, according to The Telegraph.

However, the news publication reported that currently more than 97% of passport applications are being processed within three weeks.

It is ‘disappointing’, said Julia, that holidaymakers will need to allow 10 weeks for applications this summer.

“We understand that the issues last year were due to very high demands after Covid which were exceptional circumstances. However, there has been a dramatic improvement in Passport Office performance and this deadline is unnecessarily detrimental to people trying to travel overseas,” she added.

“Long waits for passports will inevitably put people off travelling at a time when the outbound travel industry is recovering from the hangover of the pandemic. Not only will this rule disrupt planned holidays, and the opportunity to make the most of last -minute deals, but these rules also put further obstacles in the place of business travellers and those visiting family abroad.

“If there is continuing high demand for passports, we would urge the government to find a way of dealing with the problem quickly in a way that doesn’t affect British travellers and impact the outbound travel industry.” 

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