14 million Brits unaware of six-month rule to passports at renewal

Last September, the Government announced that Brits would no longer be able to carry over any remaining time on old passports when they renew.

Research carried out by Opinium on behalf of Direct Line Travel Insurance shows that the average person in the UK has around 159 days left on their travel document when they renew, or just over 5 months.

Since the change in autumn last year, the equivalent of 155,000 10-year passports has been wasted. The research also shows that nearly a third of passport holder, over 14 million people, mistakenly believe the months remaining on their documents will be automatically transferred over to their new passport when they renew.

What is worse, of those who haven’t renewed their passports in the past two years, 1.5 million have less than six months remaining. With the cost of a new passport currently £85, Britons are, collectively, £13.2m out of pocket.

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