British folk are heading off on their holidays in the next few months. While plenty of us are excited to get going there are a number of things you should be aware of before booking.
Money Saving Expert's Martin Lewis warned British adults last year to check their passports ahead of the summer holidays, or risk losing out on the costs of their breaks. This is especially important this year as five weeks of passport strikes mean that delays to applications are to be expected if there are any backlogs at the Passport Office.
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While previously, passports have taken just weeks to be returned some may take 10 weeks or more. There are faster options like online fast track that may help to speed up the process, but you should ensure you don't need to renew your documents before paying for a hotel or flights.
Demonstrating what could happen if you don't check, finance guru Martin appeared on This Morning in 2021 and was answering callers' questions, when one woman rang about a predicament she was facing regarding passport delays. She explained that due to a three month delay on getting a passport, their family were going to lose £2,600 from a holiday which they were due to go on the following day, and asked whether there was any way to be compensated for the losses.
Unfortunately, Martin didn't have good news for the holidaymaker, reports the Liverpool Echo. He told her: "It is very difficult and I haven't really got an answer, but let me talk you through it. The first thing to say is, with your holiday company, did you have any cancellation rights?
"If you don't I'm afraid you have no rights with the holiday company. It's a bit like you've entered a tennis tournament and you've not got a racket – you've still entered it, it's not their fault.'m afraid it's the same with the holiday firm and no passport.
"You have no legal right, but I would always call them up and speak to them really politely to see if they can do anything. Can they change the date, give you some form of cancellation or can they give you vouchers?
"Remembering that you have no right, anything they offer you is better than nothing. So they might be nice and say we will give you vouchers so then you say 'thank you very much'."
He also suggested getting in touch with their travel insurance provider, in case their policy could help them cover some of the lost costs – but that this was also unlikely. Martin explained: "You can call your travel insurance and I would call your travel insurance. But, many travel insurers won't cover this. But call them and just see."
Meanwhile a number of holidaymakers have been also caught out passport rules in EU hotspots. Following Brexit, your passport needs to be no more than 10 years old from the point of issue and also needs to be valid at least three months after your date of travel.
You should also make sure that there are no rips and tears on your passport. This could lead to you being turned away at check-in.
TikTok creator Arabella Leat, @arabellaelizabethleat, experienced just that when she planned to travel to Thailand with her mother. She t was forced to return home alone that same day.
The entire debacle was all caused by a tiny mistake – Arabella’s passport had a small rip in it. She explained: “Boom, you’re not allowed on your flight, your passports damaged. This was a sad moment, we realise that I actually wasn’t flying and I told [mum] to go without me. Look how sad she is she hates flying on her own.”
Arabella offered some advice to her followers and said: “Guys, make sure you look after your passport.” You can apply to renew your passport at gov.uk.
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