British travelers could have nine months less validity on their passports after new changes were made this week discretely.
Prior to the new rules, which were implemented on Monday, September 10, your new passport was added to your existing passport, with a maximum of nine months.
Some Britons reportedly made a mistake with the new passport renewal policy after the Home Office changed the rules before the public was informed.
MoneySavingExpert revealed that at least four Britons were caught by the change, and the passport office confirmed that the new policy meant that the time on the old documents was not transferred (stock image)
MoneySavingExpert revealed that at least four Britons had come forward to say that they had been caught by the change, and the passport office confirmed that the new policy meant that the time on the old documents was not transferred.
It comes as a heavy blow for people who want to visit countries for which you need a maximum of six months to visit your passport.
British passports are usually valid for 10 years, but if someone travels to a country for which you have to enter with the remaining time in your passport, customers may have no alternative but to extend early, which means that your passport can only be valid for nine and half a year.
The old rules meant that if you ordered your new passport in September 2018, but your existing document would not be used until May 2019, your new passport would take the nine months that you currently have on your new document, which means that it would run out in May 2029.
According to the new rules, if you order your new passport in September 2018, but your existing travel document is not complete until May 2029, your nine months are not valid and your new pass is only valid until September 2028.
The Ministry of the Interior has reportedly refused to confirm whether changes have taken place, so it is unclear whether their exceptions to this rule are possible.
An official announcement by the Ministry of the Interior is expected from the new regulatory changes later today, although it is unclear what time the announcement will be made.
An official announcement by the Ministry of the Interior is expected from the new regulatory changes later today, although it is unclear what time the announcement will be made. Pictured: holidaymakers queued at Heathrow last year
Martin Lewis, founder of MoneySavingExpert, said: & # 39; This change has an effect on the price, because passports now only take nine and a half years. But it also runs the risk of more people being sent home, destroying holidays and putting many people in a worrying situation.
Because of the timing, which in fact means that this shortening will take place during the Brexit period, there is a good chance that before the summer, when there are already long waiting times, we will see an even greater build-up of the demand. .
I do not know if this is a decision by politicians or bureaucrats – but it is a bad decision anyway. & # 39;