The summer vacations of millions of Britons are in jeopardy as a result of a continuing backlog at HM Passport Office.

Prior to the pandemic, the turnaround time was typically three weeks, but the government organization is now encouraging clients to give applications up to 10 weeks to be completed.

Even nevertheless, lawmakers yesterday informed the House of Commons that the 10-week timetable is “repeatedly being breached” (25 April). Some tourists claim they have lost hundreds of pounds as a result of their new passports not arriving in time for their departure.

The SNP’s spokeswoman for home affairs, lamented that “all our constituents are having to postpone holidays, skip funerals, rearrange visits, and even a 10-week deadline is consistently failed.”

What steps will be taken to prevent the inevitable problem from getting worse? And can we be sure that the 10-week deadline won’t be extended as summer approaches? He questioned.

The south of England presents a more erratic situation, according to Simon Hoare, the Conservative MP for North Dorset. He stated, “My constituents are telling me that their experience has either been really, really fantastic or it has been a complete mess.

Here is what we currently know about the problem because customers are also reporting communication problems when asking about it.

Why is the Passport Office struggling?

The Passport Office reports that demand for its products is “at an all-time high” as a result of the recent relaxation of COVID-19 rules in the UK and many other EU nations, which has boosted travel.

The Commons heard that in contrast to the seven million applications the Passport Office typically processes year, one million passport applications were submitted last month. Five million people put off renewing their passports since the pandemic curtailed their vacation options.

A rise in applications is also being attributed to uncertainty over post-Brexit travel regulations. Adult British passports are now only good for ten years after the date of issue due to the country’s exit from the EU. Travelers entering the continent must also take into account the requirement that their passports have at least three months remaining on their expiration date.