You are here: Home - Household Bills - News - Understanding -

Holidaymakers: check your passport now or face a £177 fee

Written by:
If your passport is about to expire, recent price hikes mean it could cost you as much as £177 to get a new one quickly.

Many countries require your passport to be valid for at least six months after the date you travel. (You can see a full list of countries here.)

So, if you’re going abroad this summer, check your expiry date now as passport renewal fees rose in March.

It typically takes around three weeks to get a new passport. A normal renewal online will cost you £75.50 or £85 if you apply by paper through the Post Office.

If you need a renewal more urgently, it will cost you more.

The one-week fast track service costs £142 for an adult passport or £122 for a child passport.

It requires an appointment at a passport customer services centre (they’re in Belfast, Durham, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Newport and Peterborough). You have to fill in a paper form from the Post Office first (you can’t apply online), then make an appointment online. Your new passport will be delivered to your home within a week of your appointment.

There’s also a premium service where you get your new passport four hours after your appointment, or you might get it the next day if your appointment is in the afternoon. It costs £177.

You apply, pay and book an appointment online. The earliest you can get an appointment is two days from when you apply.

You’ll get your new passport at your appointment. You can only use this service to renew a red adult passport that has expired or is about to expire. For your appointment you’ll need your old passport and either a digital photo or a device that takes digital photos (like your smartphone) and someone to take the photo.

There is a paper version of the premium service where you apply using a form from the Post Office, then book an appointment online. You’ll usually get your new passport four hours after your appointment. This service can only be used to renew a red adult passport that has expired or is about to expire or to change the name on your passport if you got married or entered into a civil partnership.

There are 0 Comment(s)

If you wish to comment without signing in, click your cursor in the top box and tick the 'Sign in as a guest' box at the bottom.

Rail strikes: Your travel and refund rights

Thousands of railway workers will strike across three days this week, grinding much of the transport system to...

How your monthly bills could rise as the base rate reaches 1.25%

The Bank of England has raised the base rate to 1.25% as predicted – the fifth consecutive rise in just six ...

Low-income pensioner? You could gain £3k top-up

Hundreds of thousands of retirees struggling with a low income are missing out on Pension Credit worth £3,300...

What will happen if rates change

How your finances will be impacted by a rise in interest rates.

Regular Savings Calculator

Small regular contributions can build up nicely over time.

Online Savings Calculator

Work out how your online savings can build over time.

DIY investors: 10 common mistakes to avoid

For those without the help and experience of an adviser, here are 10 common DIY investor mistakes to avoid.

Mortgage down-valuations: Tips to avoid pulling out of a house sale

Down-valuations are on the rise. So, what does it mean for home buyers, and what can you do?

Five tips for surviving a bear market mauling

The S&P 500 has slipped into bear market territory and for UK investors, the FTSE 250 is also on the edge. Her...

Money Tips of the Week