UK passports: renew early

The FCDO has advised it’s taking longer than usual to process applications, so we recommend submitting your renewal for an adult or child passport sooner rather than later. 

Some destinations across the globe require at least six month’s validity on your passport, while many EU countries have reduced the minimum validity to three months.

Your passport must also be less than 10 years old on the day after you leave. If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the minimum period needed.

You can find all the latest guidance from HM Passport Office here: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-passport-office/about-our-services 

As a rule, you should always allow at least 10 weeks from the date HM Passport Office have received your old passport, any supporting documents, or confirmation of your identity details if needed.

Your Travel Counsellor will always help you to ensure you have the correct documentation for travel so please don't hesitate to contact them with any further questions you may have.