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Brits warn of major passport change taking place next week – does it concern you?

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BRITS are warned of a major passport change taking place next week.

Travelers are being warned they have just a week before passport renewal fees rise by around 9 percent.

The cost of renewing an expired passport will increase next Thursday 2nd February.

Holidaymakers using an online form to update their passport now have to pay £82.50.

The current price is £75.50.

Purchases of new children’s passes will also increase from £49 to £53.50.

To get a new passport by applying via a form to the post office, the princes will go from £85 now to £93 and £58.50 to £64 for children.

To get a new passport via the standard paper form, which can be collected from the post office, the price will increase by almost £10 from next week.

For children it increases from £58.50 to £64.

Standard paper applications abroad will be increased from £95.50 to £104.50 for adults and £65.50 to £71.50 for children

The Home Office says the new fees will help “work towards a system that recovers its costs from those who use it”.

Since January last year, over 95 percent of standard applications have been processed within 10 weeks.

If you’re running out on your passport and should be renewing it in the next few months, you might want to do it sooner rather than later.

Bounce founder Cody Candee said: “If you are valid for less than six months, we recommend that you apply for a new passport immediately.

“Not only are processing times currently around ten weeks, but as travel becomes an option for many again post-pandemic, the Home Office is forecasting another massive year for extensions.”

While it may seem obvious to go to the government website for renewal, there are some fake websites that you can catch.

Cody warned: “These sites are trying to charge users £20-100 on top of the official passport fee by offering additional ‘validation’ services.

When applying for a new passport, be wary of these types of websites and make sure you only use trusted sources.

“For example, the Post Office’s Check & Send service provides in-depth guidance on how to apply for passports from specially trained postmasters.”

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