Travellers renewing their passports are facing new policy changes going forward, meaning they will lose up to 9 months of validity. From 10th September 2018 the Passport Office will no longer honour the remaining months on your ‘old’ passport. So, how will this affect you?
In previous years, if you were to renew your passport up to 9 months early, the Passport Office would honour the remaining months and add these to your new passport. This meant that your new passport would be valid for 10 years and 9 months instead of the usual 10 years.
Remaining months were honoured as a way to counteract the passport requirements of some countries such as Turkey and Dubai. Some countries require your passport to have a minimum of 6 months remaining at the point of travel. This meant that if you had 2 months remaining on your passport for example, you would be unable to enter without renewing your passport.
It means that if you have to renew your passport early due to an upcoming holiday, you will lose your remaining months. This could leave your passport effectively worth 9 years and 6 months, as if you visit a country with passport requirements towards the end of the lifespan of your passport, you will need to renew early without getting those months returned.
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