Avoid Making These 5 Surprising Passport Mistakes!

Your next holiday should be full of excitement, magical moments, and unforgettable stops at the most extraordinary restaurants, shops and destinations the world has to offer.

The last thing you need, then, is to show up at the airport simply to get turned away due to an expired passport, or even too many stamps in your book. (Who knew?!)

Check out these five surprising passport mistakes you'll want to avoid making so you can reach your destination (and return home) with no problems at all!


Mistake #1: Not Checking the Expiration Date

This doesn't even just mean a passport long since expired. Some countries only accept passports that won't expire for six months or more. So, if you have four months left till your expiration date, it's probably safer to get a new one than be turned away at the gate!

Mistake #2: Waiting Too Long to Apply

It's pretty common knowledge that passports take forever to receive and/or renew, but with all the stress of a trip, this important detail can sometimes be forgotten. Passports can take around six weeks to arrive on time. If you require it sooner, express services are available but will cost more.

More information around how to apply for a new passport or a renewal can be found here - https://www.gov.uk/apply-renew-passport

Mistake #3: Not Correctly Filling Out the Form

We've all made some typos here and there, but an error on your passport application will result in a missed flight. Even if the printer was to blame, you'll still need to correct it before heading through security.

Mistake #4: Not Updating Your Name After a Change

Passports don't automatically update, so you'll have to go through the renewal process which you can do at the Post Office or online. You'll need to complete a passport renewal form, submit a new passport photo, provide an official document showing your name change, and your current passport (plus the fees that go along with it).

Mistake #5: Having Too Many Stamps

Who knew that being a world traveler can have its downsides? Though you're very lucky to have so many stamps in your book, some countries require you to have two to four blank pages in your passport.

If you love travelling as much as I do, make sure you're always on top of your passport status to avoid any mishaps at the airport and reach your destination as soon as possible!

Check out these five surprising passport mistakes you'll want to avoid making so you can reach your destination (and return home) with no problems at all!


Posted: 1 July, 2019 | By Kelly Ball

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