You can book an appointment up to 3 weeks in advance. If you need a passport to travel urgently for medical treatment or because a friend or family member is seriously ill or has died, call the 'Passport Adviceline' instead.
The earliest you can get an appointment is 2 days from when you apply. You'll get your new passport at your appointment. Appointments can last up to 30 minutes.
Processing times in the UK
Allow up to 10 weeks to receive your passport. There are different turnaround times if you're applying from another country.
If you are overseas and your U.S. passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States until June 30, 2022. You qualify to travel on your expired passport if all the following are true: You are a U.S. citizen.
If your passport doesn't arrive in time
Speak to your travel provider(s) to see if there's anything they can do. They might not be able to provide a refund, but you might be able to change the dates of your trip or offer credit vouchers to rebook.
You can apply for an emergency travel document (sometimes called an 'emergency passport') if you're abroad, need to travel and cannot get a passport in time. If you're in the UK you should apply for a passport urgently.
Applying for a passport in India has just become easier now. According to the news reports, Indian nationals can now get a regular passport in just 11 days, and a tatkal passport in just one day. The announcement was made by the Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan.
True to its title, the 1 Week Fast Track service can get you a new passport in just 1 (one) week. It can be used to renew old passports (or replace a lost or damaged passport), apply for a new child's passport or change the personal details written in your current passport.
You may be able to upgrade your application to use the Fast Track or Premium service if you've already applied to renew your passport by post or through the Check and Send service. Upgrades are usually only available in special circumstances – eg you've had to change your travel plans at short notice.
This document forms part of Her Majesty's Passport Office transformed guidance. This section tells HM Passport Office public counter staff when a customer or third party can collect passports or documents from the counter.
In most countries, you can travel anywhere within your nation's borders without a passport. The only exception is when you leave your home country to enter a foreign nation. However, even if you travel nationally, you will always need photo ID, such as a driver's license or National ID card to board a flight.
Can I leave the UK while waiting for my UK Citizenship application to be processed? Yes, once you have applied for British Citizenship, you can travel outside the UK while your application is being considered.
Passports. You will need a current passport if you are travelling abroad and for many domestic flights within the UK. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is up to date. Some countries require UK passports to be valid for at least six months after the date you are due to leave their country.
Ways to fast track your passport application
Travellers can speed up the application through two measures - the one week fast track service, or Online Premium Service. The Fast Track service costs £142 for an adult passport or £122 for a child passport.
Call the passport advice line on 0300 222 0000.
Acceptable personal identification documents include:
Passports of non-EU nationals, containing UK stamps, a visa or a UK residence permit showing the immigration status of the holder in the UK. A current UK or European photo-card driving licence. UK full or provisional photo-card driving licence.
The Passport Office says applying online is usually quicker than by post and it also says that online applications coming through at the moment are still being processed within three weeks, but it's expected to take longer soon as the rate of applications increases.
The short answer is “no,” at least not if you're traveling out of the country. An expired passport is simply not acceptable for international travel. If your passport is expired or is expiring within the next 6 months, you need to renew your passport.
No, you can't travel back to your country on an expired passport if your passport expires while you're away. In fact, if your passport is due to expire before the return flight to your country, you won't be allowed to enter the country that you're visiting in the first place.
Use your old passport and you will be able to travel anywhere as long as there is 6 months validity remaining. Might be different for each country. In the US they take your old passport while processing the new one. They send both to you, but the old one has holes punched in it to invalidate it.
Staffing shortages and mailing delays caused by the pandemic caused the extended wait times. It is important to note that the current estimate of eight to 11 weeks posted on the State Department website is only the time for processing applications and doesn't include shipping times.
1 day Premium service
You can get your passport the same day if you provide a completed application form, two photos and supporting documents. Your passport is usually ready to collect four hours after your appointment. It costs £177 to renew a standard adult 32-page passport.