Boris Johnson reportedly threatened to privatise the Passport Office if it does not start delivering better value for money, a source said. The Passport Office – which reports directly to the Home Office – is dealing with a large backlog as the number of new applications rocketed after the pandemic and Brexit. Simon Calder joined Good Morning Britain to explain the situation and what the passport rules are for anyone travelling to the European Union.
The travel expert said the backlog of passport applications is down to only half of passports which needed to be renewed during lockdown, were applied for, alongside an influx of new applications.
Combined with airlines “misrepresenting” the rules following Brexit, a “perfect storm” has been created.
Susanna Reid asked: “Let’s clear that up, a lot of people are concerned you need to have a certain amount of time left on your passport to travel to different countries.
“Tell us about expiry dates and time left on passports.”
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Keith said: “It only took me five weeks to get my passport, received two weeks ago, done online, by post longer.”
Emma explaiend: “I don’t understand all this delay talk. I applied for my sons renewal on the 10th April and received it yesterday 16 days late.”
Alan added: “Took me four weeks to renew my three kid’s passports.”