21 Feb 2018
The majority of passport costs are increasing and for the first time it will be more expensive to apply by post than it will be to apply online. We’ve outlined the new prices for you below:
The reason for the price increase according to Immigration Minister Caroline Noakes is to “ensure that UK travellers have an effective and efficient service from the point of application to when they pass through the UK border”.
It’s also to ensure that “those people who don’t travel do not foot the bill for those who do”.
As always, make sure you apply for your passport in advance to ensure everything is in place and ready before you travel. You should also have at least six months left on your passport before travelling to some places outside of the EU. You can see a list of these countries here.
You can however, renew your passport early to beat the price increase and not lose any time on your passport. For example, if your passport expires on 26th December 2018, you could renew on 26th March and pay the current fee, and your passport would still be valid until 26th December 2028.
However, this is the cut off. If your passport expires any later than this, you will end up losing time on your passport if you renew early.
You can apply for your new passport here.
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After you’ve applied for your passport, you can start planning your next holiday, including buying your travel money!
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