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Six week warning for passports

26 January 2009 11:57

Six week warning for passports

Britons are being urged to start planning their summer holidays as soon as possible, especially factoring the six weeks needed for first passports.

Research from the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) has found that as many as 500,000 holidaymakers from the UK booked a summer holiday on Monday alone, with many more planning to reserve their place in the sun soon.

But the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) is warning all Britons who haven't had their first passport yet, that they face a wait of up to six weeks for their documents, due to anti-fraud measures and a face-to-face interview.

Home Office minister Meg Hillier said: "With Christmas festivities at an end, it's the natural time to start looking ahead and planning your summer break.

"As part of that process we are encouraging holiday makers to check their passport is up-to-date as it now can take up to six weeks for first-time adult customers to get a new passport."

Britons are also urged to plan well ahead for their holiday by booking travel insurance, car hire and activity insurance before they go away.