British passports: What to do if you need a new passport during coronavirus travel ban

British passports: What to do if you need a new passport during coronavirus travel ban

This week Boris Johnson announced a huge lockdown on the UK which permitted people to only travel if “essential”. The stringent new measures urged people to remain indoors and only venture out to buy food, carry out “essential” work or for a medical reason. However, covid-19 has not only impacted Britons’ daily lives but their holiday plans too.

The latest advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FC) in response to the coronavirus pandemic is advising British nationals against all but essential international travel.

The latest advice reads: “Any country or area may restrict travel without notice.

“If you live in the UK and are currently travelling abroad, you are strongly advised to return now, where and while there are still commercial routes available.

“Many airlines are suspending flights and many airports are closing, preventing flights from leaving.”

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He added: “But there might be delays in processing.”

The government website says that it costs £75.50 to renew or replace a passport if you apply online or £85 if you fill out a paper form.

It should take three weeks but it may take longer.

If you need a passport urgently then you need to book an appointment at the passport office and pay online.

There have so far been 440,386 cases of coronavirus worldwide with 112,036 of those recovering.

Globally, just under 20,000 people have died since the outbreak began back in December.

The UK has 8,227 cases and 433 deaths.

Italy is still the world’s epicentre, having had the most deaths and catching up to China with its total number of cases.

Published at Wed, 25 Mar 2020 15:20:00 +0000