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5 things I learned when renewing my passport for the 1st time

Mimi Wright

Passports are your key to the world, allowing you to cross borders, explore new places and experience different cultures. They are also a pain in the you-know-what to renew.

I recently renewed my passport for the first time, and it was quite a tumultuous experience. When I applied in late January, the online renewal portal through MyTravelGov was open, so I decided to take my chances and renew my passport that way.

I figured that after the first rounds of online renewals last year, the kinks would have been ironed out. Boy, was I wrong. I ended up getting my passport a mere 10 days before international travel.

I will caveat my experience with this: I had a very tight window to renew. My passport wouldn't technically expire until January 2024, but I planned an international trip with family in August 2023. So, I needed to have more than six months until my passport expired. I could've renewed over the summer, but I was worried about a rumored government shutdown in June or shortly after.

I had a trip planned for April 2, so I had to renew sometime before that. However, I couldn't renew before Jan. 23 because you can't renew more than a year before a passport expires. That left me with just about nine weeks to get my passport renewed before my trip at the beginning of April.

These are the five things I learned when I renewed my passport for the first time and some tips to make your experience easier than mine.

Allow for lots of breathing room

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Going into this experience, I definitely underestimated how long it would take to get my passport renewed. When I submitted it Jan. 29, I got an email that it was received on the same day. So, I naively figured it would take the expected three-to-five-week period for my passport to arrive. But as days turned into weeks and weeks and weeks, I became less confident.

A co-worker submitted his Jan. 25, so I figured we were in the same cycle. However, I became worried when he mentioned that his application status switched to "in process" just four hours after he submitted his application. We even went so far as to compare the numbers of our applications. Mine hovered at "received" almost the entire time until it suddenly switched to "in process" on March 21.

I recommend giving yourself at least 12 weeks before international travel, if not 15. At the time of writing this, the U.S. Department of State is quoting 10 to 13 weeks for routine renewal and seven to nine for expedited renewal. The State Department also recommends renewing passports "well ahead of any planned international travel, even if it still has a few months validity left on it," according to its website. Remember that some destinations require you to have a valid passport for at least six months after your travel dates.

Note: There are also passport agencies and centers that can process the application almost immediately, but it's extremely difficult to get an appointment. I tried calling numerous times to schedule one, and sometimes the phones weren't even connected. Also, you must have imminent travel within two weeks to even get a shot at an appointment.

When in doubt, expedite. Always.

My saving grace in this whole mess was that I expedited from the get-go, and I paid for two-day shipping. I didn't mention earlier that I was scheduled to move out of my New York City apartment March 27 and was then traveling for work right after. The pressure was on.

If you're unsure about whether the routine processing will get your passport to you in time for your vacation, I highly recommend expediting it. It will cost an extra $60, but in my opinion, it's worth it. If you're even more concerned about your timing, I also suggest tacking on the two-day shipping. This will cost you roughly another $20, but again, I was pressed for time. On top of the base fare for renewal ($130), I paid an additional $80, which brought my total to $210 for my renewal.

While I know this isn't an option for every traveler, it isn't something I would have done if my window for renewal this year wasn't so tight. If I didn't have pending travel and a tricky expiration time frame, I wouldn't have paid the extra $80.

Reach out to your local representative

As my application sat in the purgatory that is the "received" status, I decided to reach out to my elected official. I thought the least they could do was contact the State Department for me since, ultimately, that's part of the job. Congressman Jerry Nadler was one of my elected officials, so I went to his website and filled out a casework request for my passport.

On March 20, a representative at his office informed me by email that the State Department was "having issues due to the volume of renewal applications they received through the new online portal."

She explained that previously, the office could reach out to the passport agency location to request immediate processing, regardless of the applicant's travel date. "However, the online renewals are so backed up that the Dept. of State is currently only accepting congressional inquiries on cases with confirmed travel within 2 weeks," she wrote.

I confirmed to her that my travel was within two weeks and provided my flight number. She further requested an electronic privacy release form and my flight itinerary, which I sent (although she later responded that my release form never went through). It turned out that my application status had changed from "received" to "in process" earlier that morning, but I still provided the information in case it was further delayed. My passport was shipped the following day, March 22.

Although it seems like my passport changed to "in process" right around the time the caseworker contacted me, I think it was a coincidence. Despite this, I still recommend contacting a local elected official to aid you in your renewal efforts because she was extremely helpful.

Maybe opt for mail-in renewal

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As the State Department streamlines the process of online renewals, it might be better to stick to mail renewal. This might even be the only option available to you, as the State Department paused online renewals March 8. "During our limited release, over 500,000 customers volunteered to submit their applications online and test our system," the website states. "We look forward to launching the enhanced application in a full, nationwide release later this year."

Even though the online renewal option will be available later this year, I think it might be wise to stick with mail-in renewal until the department smooths out the process. Also, the website I used to renew online was extremely temperamental, and I was only able to get to my application status every so often. The site often crashed, which was an issue my co-worker also had.

Expect delays

Unfortunately, it seems like passport renewals are delayed no matter which route you take. Demand is high, and backlogs are imminent. This delayed service is expected, following confirmation to TPG in March and reflecting the agency's upcoming busy season with summer travel. Demand for passports has soared, with 30% to 40% more requests than at the same time last year, according to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Plan ahead and make sure you submit your application well before upcoming travel. Don't plan nonrefundable travel if you are hovering around a passport expiration/delayed passport renewal. Or, buy travel insurance , just in case.

Bottom line

This was a stressful experience, but it helped that I was on top of the process and exhausted many avenues to speed up my renewal. I had a unique time frame to get my new passport, so I got lucky when it finally arrived before my international travel. Expect it to take a while, especially over the summer, as demand for passports increases. Stay patient and remain calm. Now I return to my motto: Have passport. Will travel.

Additional reporting by Caroline Tanner.

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Generally, you should apply for your new passport as soon as you know you’ll be traveling internationally—at least several months in advance. Passport processing times may vary, so be sure to check the latest State Department service estimates . First-time applicants, minors, and applicants who need a new passport but may not renew by mail may submit their passport application at the Post Office. The U.S. State Department website explains what you'll need to bring with you.

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Step 2: Prepare Your Application Package

Visit the U.S. Department of State website to learn how to apply for a passport and what documents you need.

  • Complete your Form DS-11 Application for U.S. Passport on the State Department website.
  • Print your completed application. DO NOT SIGN YOUR APPLICATION. A Postal employee must witness your signature.
  • Have a passport photo taken.
  • Photocopy your proof of identity and U.S. Citizenship documents.
  • Post Offices accept credit cards, checks, and money orders for Post Office acceptance fees.
  • State Department fees are mailed with your application. You can pay with a personal, certified, cashier's, traveler's check, or money order, payable to "U.S. Department of State."

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  • Go to Schedule an Appointment .
  • Choose the passport service you need, along with the number of adults and minors who need appointments.
  • You can search for appointment by location or date first. If you search by location first, you'll then be asked to choose a date and time; if you search by date first, you'll then need to choose a location and time.
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  • Click Review Appointment , then confirm your appointment.

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  • At the self-service kiosk, touch the screen to begin, then select "Other Services," then "Passport Scheduler."
  • Choose the passport service you need, then enter the number of adults and minors who need appointments.
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  • Select an available appointment date and time, then agree to the Terms and Conditions.
  • Enter your contact information and decide if you'd like to receive SMS text notifications.
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  • Take your printed receipt listing your confirmation number and appointment details.

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  • Use the Online Passport Status System to check your application status if you applied by mail or in person. You may not be able to get a status update for 2 weeks after you apply or renew. During these weeks, your application and supporting documents are on their way to the Department of State. See more information about current processing times on the Department of State page " U.S. Passports ."

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If you are eligible to renew your passport, please complete Passport Renewal Application Form DS-82 (see completion instructions on the form), and mail your completed renewal application directly to the State Department for processing. To verify if your passport is eligible for renewal by mail, please visit State Department Renew By Mail .

Step 1: Check Your Eligibility to Renew by Mail

A minor's passport may not be renewed by mail; to renew a minor's passport, you need to submit a new, first-time passport application in person . An adult passport may be renewed by mail if it meets certain requirements.

You can renew your adult passport by mail if you answer "Yes" to all 5 of the following statements:

Your passport:

  • Is in your possession to submit with your application.
  • Is undamaged other than normal "wear and tear."
  • Was issued when you were age 16 or older.
  • Was issued within the last 15 years.
  • Was issued in your current name or you can document your name change. (Name changes are explained on Change a Passport .)

If your passport does not meet all these requirements, do not mail your renewal application. You must prepare the same application package as a first-time passport applicant.

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Apply early for renewals as many countries require that passports be valid for at least 6 months after you enter their country. Learn how to properly prepare your application package and include all the necessary documents so your passport is processed on time.

  • Complete your Passport Renewal Application Form DS-82 on the State Department website.
  • Print and sign your DS-82 form.
  • Have a passport photo taken. You can schedule a passport photo-only appointment at a Post Office ™ location.
  • Calculate your passport renewal fees .
  • Collect your most recent passport, completed and signed application, renewal fees, and name change documents, if needed.
  • Use an envelope large enough to fit the application without folding it.
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  • Address the envelope to the location for your state. See page 2 of your DS-82 form.

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Step 3: Mail Your Renewal Application

Department of State recommends using a USPS delivery tracking service to mail your renewal application.

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If you use a USPS delivery tracking service, go to USPS Tracking ® to see when your package is delivered.

  • With a USPS tracking service, you can see when your application arrived using the tracking number on your receipt.

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If you need your passport faster for emergency travel or another special case, you can send your passport application via Priority Mail Express ® service and pay the State Department fee for faster delivery.

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If you need to travel within 72 hours (3 business days) for an immediate family member who is dead, dying, or has a life-threatening illness or injury:

  • Visit the Life-or-Death Emergencies page on travel.state.gov to learn if you are eligible.
  • The State Department processes these requests by appointment only.
  • Your appointment date must be within 72 hours (3 business days) of travel.

Urgent Travel in Less than 10 Weeks

If you are traveling in less than 10 weeks, you must call the State Department Passport Agency to schedule an appointment:

  • You can call 1-877-487-2778 (1-888-874-7793 TDD/TTY) to schedule an appointment.
  • Your appointment date must be within 72 hours (3 business days) of travel, and you must provide proof of travel.

Note : An extremely limited number of appointments are available for customers who are traveling internationally in the next 72 hours (3 business days), and other restrictions apply .

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If you pay an additional $60 for expedited service and mail it with Priority Mail Express , you can get your renewed passport within 10 weeks.

  • Check your eligibility under Renew Your Passport by Mail, Step 1: Check Your Eligibility to Renew by Mail .
  • Prepare your application as listed under Renew a Passport by Mail, Step 2: Prepare Your Application Package .
  • Add these special fees, both payable to the U.S. Department of State, to your regular processing fees.
  • $60.00—Expedited application processing at the State Department
  • $18.32—1- to 2-day delivery service for faster return shipping to you from the State Department
  • Clearly mark "EXPEDITE" on the outside of the envelope.
  • Ship your application to the State Department by Priority Mail Express. Cost varies by location.
  • Both parents/guardians must authorize the issuance of a child's passport. The best way to give consent is for both parents/guardians to go with the child when applying.
  • Children need evidence of citizenship.
  • Parents/guardians need proof of parental relationship.
  • NOTE: Children's passports are only valid for 5 years. They are not "renewable": When a child's passport expires, you must apply for a new passport for them. When making a passport appointment for a child, please choose "New Passport Only" or "New Passport with Photo Services."

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Jumbo passports were introduced in 2007, and have 50 pages compared with the 34 pages of a standard passport.

Here’s what the then Home Office Minister Joan Ryan said about the new jumbo passports when they were introduced:

“ The Identity and Passport Service is now offering frequent travellers the new ‘jumbo’ 50 page passport.

We are a nation of seasoned travellers, and issue more passports than any other country in the world bar the United States.

80% of the UK population now holds a passport, and a record 6.6 million were issued last year alone.

The ‘Jumbo’ will provide a popular alternative to the standard Passport for Brits regularly travelling abroad, be it for work or pleasure. ”

If you are a British citizen or can qualify as a British citizen , you can apply for a UK jumbo passport. The application process is relatively simple and straightforward. Once you have your new passport, you’ll be ready to start planning your next adventure!

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What is a jumbo passport uk.

A jumbo passport is a larger, 50-page passport that offers frequent travellers the extra space they need to document their travels. These passports are valid for ten years and cost slightly more than a standard 34-page UK passport.

If you are a UK citizen and frequently travel outside of the UK, a jumbo passport is definitely worth considering!

Who would usually request a jumbo passport?

UK citizens who frequently travel outside of the UK for work or pleasure may request a jumbo passport. This larger, 50-page passport offers ample space to document your travels and is valid for ten years.

Will I get a blue UK passport?

Yes, UK citizens will now receive a blue UK passport regardless of whether they apply for a standard 34-page passport or a larger, 50-page jumbo passport.

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How long does it take to renew a passport? Holidaymakers warned about 10-year post-Brexit rule

F light passengers from the UK are urged to check their passports after a “10-year passport rule” prevented one jet setter from boarding his flight. 

Brexit , the UK’s departure from the European Union , appears to be the gift that keeps giving regarding limiting our freedom of movement. 

After severing ties with the EU, rules for people with British passports changed regarding their issue dates. 

Previously, people could carry over up to nine months of their old passport onto their new one. It meant some UK citizens had passports valid for 10 years and nine months. 

However, Brexiteers negotiated for Brits to be identified as “third-country nationals” following Brexit. Guidelines for countries in this category mean people cannot travel if their passport was issued more than 10 years ago.

Additionally, people departing the European Union also require three months valid on their passport when departing. 

The BBC reported that Nathan Barnes discovered the situation the hard way when he reached his flight gate — only to be turned away. 

"I was gutted, surprised really. We had checked in online and thought it was fine," Mr Barnes said.

As we prepare for the Easter holidays and count down to the summer, many people may unknowingly be impacted by this rule.

So here’s what you need to know before your next holiday. 

When do I need to renew my passport?

The Government website says: “If your passport is burgundy or has ‘European Union’ on the cover, you can continue to use it until it expires.”

However, the EU’s Your Europe website says that your passport must meet the following requirements:

It must be valid for three months after the date you intend to leave the EU country you are visiting.

It must have been issued in the previous 10 years.

If your passport was issued over 10 years ago, you will not be allowed entry into the EU. This may not apply when travelling to other parts of the world.

How to check if your passport is still valid

Read the Government’s travel advice for the country you intend to visit and check the entry requirements.

If you plan to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, follow the  Schengen area passport requirements .

Your passport must be:

  • issued less than 10 years before the date you enter the country (check the ‘date of issue’).
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’).

Check your passport meets these requirements before you travel. If your passport was issued before October 1, 2018, extra months may have been added to its expiry date.

Alternatively, you can contact the UK Passport Office or visit a post office offering passport check and send services. They will be able to assist you in verifying the validity of your passport.

How long does it take to get or renew a passport?

The Home Office advises that travellers give the process up to 10 weeks. Information is available here .

Here are the general processing times for renewing a passport in the UK:

  • Standard service : The standard processing time for renewing a passport through the regular service is usually around three weeks from the date His Majesty's Passport Office receives the application.
  • Online renewal service : Renewing a passport online is typically faster than the standard service. It often takes about three weeks as well.
  • Fast Track service : If you need your passport urgently, you can use the Fast Track service, which usually processes applications within one week. However, this service may not be available in all circumstances and may require an additional fee.
  • Premium one-day service : This service allows you to get your passport the same day you apply, provided you have an appointment and all necessary documents. This service is available at select Passport Customer Service Centres and requires an additional fee.

How to renew your passport urgently

You can apply to renew or replace your passport (or obtain a first child passport) faster if you’re in the UK.

The two ways to apply for an urgent passport are through the Online Premium service or the one-week Fast Track process.

For the Online Premium service, you must apply, pay and book a 30-minute appointment via the Government website here .

You will need your old passport, a device that takes digital photos, and a digital photograph of yourself to complete the process.

This urgent service is more expensive — it costs £193.50 or £204.50 for a 54-page passport. It is available for people whose passports were issued after December 31, 2001.

Alternatively, you can also use the Fast Track service. This service requires you to get a paper application form from a post office, book an appointment, and pay online.

You should take your application form, required documents, and two identical printed passport photos to the appointment. It costs £155 for an adult passport (or £166 for a 54-page frequent traveller passport) or £126 for a child passport (or £137 for a 54-page frequent traveller passport).

How to contact the Passport Office

To speak to someone at the Passport Office for more advice, call 0300 222 0000 from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and from 9am to 5.30pm at the weekend and on public holidays.

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Since Brexit , passport rules for UK visitors to the European Union (EU) have tightened up.

But many people may not be aware of the finer print, and some families are finding themselves thousands of pounds out of pocket when they have been banned from boarding flights due to the rule changes.

So what exactly are the rules for British travellers to the EU, and how can you avoid a passport disaster if you're jetting off for the Easter holidays?

How have the rules changed?

When the UK was a member of the EU, British passports remained valid up to and including their expiry date for travel to other EU countries.

But post-Brexit, British passport holders wishing to travel to EU countries in the Schengen Area are treated as non-EU nationals. This includes popular tourism destinations such as Portugal and Greece.

As such, they must meet two key requirements, as outlined on the EU's Your Europe website . If you are a non-EU national wishing to visit or travel within the EU, you will need a passport:

which is valid for at least three months after the date you intend to leave the EU country you are visiting;

which was issued within the previous 10 years.

This means you should really be looking at the date of issue when checking if you need to renew, as well as the expiry date.

It may appear that your passport is within date, but if it hasn't been issued in the past 10 years you could be stopped from boarding your plane or ferry.

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According to the government's website, for some Schengen countries, once the three-months-remaining rule is taken into account, a passport needs to have been issued no more than nine years and nine months ago.

What is the Schengen Area?

The border-free Schengen Area is made up of 27 countries and guarantees free movement to more than 400 million EU citizens, along with non-EU nationals living in the EU or visiting the EU as tourists.

It is comprised of most EU countries, except for Croatia, Cyprus, and Ireland. Bulgaria and Romania will be part of the Schengen Area as of March 31 2024. The non-EU countries Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein are also part of the area.

Aren't all passports only valid for 10 years?

Until September 2018, the UK had a policy that meant you could claim credit on 'unspent' time when renewing your passport, so you could be issued with a passport that was valid for up to 10 years and nine months.

People who took advantage of this policy could now find themselves caught out.

Do the rules affect children's passports?

Passports for under-16s are usually valid for five years, so there should be no chance of breaching the 10-year rule.

But be careful of the three-months-remaining rule, which states your passport must be valid for at least three months after the date you plan to leave the country. Children's passports are more likely to get caught out by this rule as their passports don't last as long.

Am I covered if I get caught out?

Unfortunately, if you don't make sure your passport will be accepted before you travel, you are unlikely to get back any money you lose.

Rory Boland, Editor of Which? Travel, told ITV News: “There has been confusion over guidance for travel to the EU. Passports must be issued within 10 years of entry into your destination country and remain in date for at least three months after the day you plan to return to the UK.

“It is essential to ensure your passport is valid when you are due to travel and return home. Otherwise you risk losing the money for your flight or holiday as your provider will not refund you, and insurance will not cover you for the error.”

Do the rules apply anywhere else in the world?

These rules are specific to Schengen Area countries. If you are travelling to the rest of the world you should check the individual rules for entering those countries on the government website .

When should I renew my passport?

To be on the safe side, it's best to apply to renew your passport before it is nine years and nine months old.

You should allow up to 10 weeks to receive your passport, so you should apply for it at least 10 weeks before you're due to travel. The Passport Office say people usually get their passports within three weeks.

You can apply online (£82.50) or by post with a paper form (£93). Passport costs are set to increase by more than 7% in April, the Home Office announced this month.

If you need a passport urgently, you can pay more for the fast track service . The one-week service costs £155 for an adult passport and £126 for a child passport, while the one-day premium service costs £193.50, or £204.50 for a 54-page frequent traveller passport.

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You might think that you can just hop on a plane with an in-date passport and travel the world. In fact, many countries demand that visitors have months left on their passport before it expires.

Some – including Australia , Canada and the US – only require your travel document to be in date for the duration of your trip.

But others give a more restrictive time frame, with no real pattern from region to region – while most of Asia requires six months on your passport, for example, different Caribbean islands demand different time frames.

In some destinations, you can also be caught out for not having enough space left in your passport for new immigration stamps.

Here are the key passport validity rules for British passports for the world’s top holiday destinations.

Valid for the duration of your stay

These countries only ask that your passport is valid until the day you leave the country.

*While this is technically the rule for Canada, if you have six months or less on your passport, it may take longer for you to get through immigration.

Valid for one day

Costa Rica requires Britons to have one day’s validity from the day of their departure.

Valid for three months

All EU countries, plus those in the Schengen Area (excluding Ireland) require you to have three months left on your passport from the day you plan to leave. Your passport must also be less than 10 years old on the day you enter the country. This is true for the following countries:

  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Liechtenstein
  • Netherlands
  • Switzerland
  • Vatican City

These non-European countries also require three months’ validity on your day of departure:

  • British Virgin Islands
  • French Polynesia
  • New Zealand
  • South Korea

Valid for six months

In most cases, this means valid for six months from the date you arrive in the country, but it’s worth checking the Foreign Office’s individual entry requirements for the country you’re visiting to make sure.

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • The Bahamas
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador (& Galapagos Islands)
  • Madagascar*
  • Philippines
  • South Africa*
  • United Arab Emirates

*South Africa, Madagascar, Kenya also require you to have two blank pages left in your passport; Namibia requires one blank page.

Valid for 180 days

India requires a more specific 180 days of validity from the date you arrive. It also asks visitors to have two blank pages available for their visa.

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Need to renew your UK passport? Here's how much it will cost and how long it will take

UK passport fees set to increase in April.

UK passport fees are set to increase again next month.

UK passport application fees are set to rise again in April.

The cost of renewing a UK passport went up in February 2023 for the first time in five years. Just over one year later, the fee will see a second hike of £6 (€7).

In better news, waiting times are no longer at an all-time high. British holidaymakers are advised to allow three weeks for passport renewal, compared with 10 weeks a year ago.

The government said the new fees would help reduce the reliance on taxpayer money to fund and improve the service. As well as contributing to the cost of processing applications, the fees are supposed to support consular services overseas, like replacing lost or stolen passports, and the processing of British citizens at UK borders.

How much have UK passport fees increased by?

As of 11 April, the fee for a standard online passport application made from within the UK will rise from £82.50 (€93) to £88.50 (€103) for adults and from £53.50 (€60) to £57.50 (€67) for children.

This is up from £75.50 (€85) and £49 (€55) respectively prior to February 2023.

Postal applications have increased from £93 (€105) to £100 (€117) for adults and £64 (€72) to £69 (€80) for children.

The increased fees apply to both new passport applications and renewals.

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How do the UK’s passport fees compare to other European countries?

In France , the adult fee for a passport application from within the country is €86. However, if you are replacing your passport because it no longer has blank pages or because your address or name has changed, it can be replaced free of charge.

Italy ’ s adult passport fee is €73.50. An additional yearly stamp duty of €40.29 was abolished in 2014. It now only needs to be paid once for each application bringing the total up to €116.

For Spanish passports, the renewal fee is significantly lower at €30.

For all of these countries, including the UK , adult passports are valid for 10 years (or five years for those under age 30 in Spain).

However, since Brexit , UK citizens need to be cautious of their passport expiration date.

Previously, Brits could travel in the EU up to and including the expiry date on their passports. Now, EU regulations classify UK citizens as 'third country nationals,' meaning your passport must be valid for at least three months after the date you plan to leave the country you are visiting.

How far in advance should you apply for your UK passport?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the waiting time for passport renewals shot up to 10 weeks. This was because restrictions significantly impacted processing times.

Long wait times remained into 2023, however they have now been reduced to around three weeks.

If you need to renew your passport before a summer holiday in July, you should therefore look to submit your application by the start of June at the latest. Extra time might be necessary if the government requires more information, needs to interview you, or you are applying from another country.

In the UK , this can be done online - the cheaper option - or via the post using a paper form.

What if your holiday is in less than three weeks?

If you need a faster service, you can pay extra for an urgent passport renewal application from within the UK.

The Online Premium service takes one day and can be applied for via the UK government website, but requires you to attend an in-person appointment at your nearest passport office where you will receive your new passport.

The earliest you can get an appointment is two days from when you apply and this service currently costs £193.50 (€226).

Alternatively, you can get your renewed passport delivered to your home one week after your appointment using the Fast Track service. This currently costs £155 (€181) for adults and £126 (€147) for children.

It is not yet clear whether priority service fees will also be raised in April.

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Holidaymakers going to EU caught out by 10-year-passport rule

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Holidaymakers travelling to the EU are being warned not to get caught out by the "passport 10-year rule".

UK travellers used to be able to carry up to nine months from an old passport over on to a new one. But post-Brexit, EU countries will not accept passports issued more than 10 years ago.

Up to 32 million people applied for passports before the new rules, but it is unknown how many have been affected.

One of them is Nathan Barnes who was refused boarding on a flight to France.

Mr Barnes, a 31-year-old paramedic from Norwich, was on his way to Limoges with his fiancée to visit family.

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Despite checking in for the flight online, and going through security and passport control, he was stopped at the departure gate.

"My passport had been issued more than 10 years previously," he said. "They were very matter of fact about it, they just said 'sorry you can't board, off you pop'."

"I was gutted, surprised really. We had checked in online and thought it was fine," he added.

Since the UK left the EU, travellers heading to all countries within the bloc - and including Iceland, Norway, Lichtenstein and Switzerland, but not Ireland - must have a passport which was issued less than 10 years before their departure date.

It must also be valid for three months after their planned return date.

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Passports issued after 2018 are valid for exactly 10 years.

However, if a UK passport was issued before September 2018, it could be valid for up to 10 years and nine months.

This is because before 2018 the passport office used to add up to nine months from an old passport on to a new one.

As a result, some people have passports that have not officially expired, and are valid for travel in the rest of the world, but not in parts of Europe because they were issued more than ten years ago.

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Are you affected by the 10-year rule?

  • Check if your passport was issued before September 2018
  • Has it passed its 10-year anniversary? Even if it has several months left to run, it is invalid for travel to all EU countries with the exception of Ireland as well as Iceland, Norway, Lichtenstein and Switzerland
  • If you are going to these countries you must have a passport issued less than 10 years before your departure date
  • If your passport is invalid you can try and book an emergency appointment online at your nearest passport office which offers a one-day and a one-week fast track service
  • Otherwise passports can be renewed online by HM Passport Office or by using a paper application from certain Post Offices
  • It can take up to three weeks to renew a passport from the UK

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'Catches people out'

"The '10-year-rule' is a problem that continues to catch people out", said Rory Boland, the Travel Editor at Which?

"What's really important is that you check your passport validity and expiry date when booking your holiday.

"Not when you go to check-in, and certainly not when you travel to the airport, because that's when people are continually finding that their passport is out of date and it's often then too expensive, and too complicated to save their holiday."

BBC News asked the major airlines and holiday operators for data on the number of passengers who are refused boarding, but those that responded said they did not keep detailed records.

'Holidays lost'

Jane Opher thinks the airlines could be doing more to warn people about the problem when they first book or when they check in.

The 61-year-old architect from London was due fly to Barcelona with her partner at the end of February.

They had both checked in online, gone through security and had lunch at the airport only to be refused boarding at the gate because her passport was issued on 10 February 2014, more than ten years ago, even though it does not officially expire until 10 August 2024.

"It was very stressful - I was traumatised - being told I couldn't board," she told the BBC.

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"It was also humiliating to have to be escorted back through the airport like a criminal."

She was left hundreds of pounds out-of-pocket.

Simon Calder, travel correspondent at the Independent, says based on his own research "easily a couple of hundred people a day" are being turned away from their flights.

"Across the year you could easily find that there's over 100,000 people who lose their holidays as a result of these rules," he said.

He has written to the airlines, urging them to do more to make people aware, particularly if someone is checking in and inputting their advanced passenger information, often weeks before their travel date.

Airlines UK told us there was no guarantee that potentially invalid passport details would be picked up in advance, and said airlines do provide reminders and links.

It said it was the responsibility of the person travelling to ensure they have a valid travel document.

For those people who are due to travel this weekend and spot a problem with their passport Mr Calder told BBC Breakfast: "I'm afraid all you can do at this stage is try and get an emergency appointment and see if you can get a passport turned around.

"But if you're travelling later, maybe in the May bank holidays or the summer holidays then you've got time on your side and just to stress... it's only the EU that cares about the issue date, if you're going to America, Australia, Tunisia they say your passport's valid up to and including the expiry date."

If someone is turned back at the airport Mr Calder said they were "absolutely not" covered and would not get their money back. "It's always the passengers' responsibility to make sure they are compliant."

The Home Office also said it provided up-to-date information on passport requirements on its website, which it keeps under constant review.

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Discover Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO), Russia's busiest hub, known for its striking Terminal D, inspired by the shapes of seagulls. This guide simplifies your travel through SVO, offering essential information for both newcomers and seasoned travelers. From flight details, terminal maps, to dining and shopping options, we ensure a seamless journey. Navigate SVO with confidence and make the most of your visit. For more insights into major airports, explore our Comprehensive Airport Guide .

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Navigating SVO's Terminals

Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport has four main terminals: Terminal C, Terminal D, Terminal E, and Terminal F. Terminal D is the largest terminal with 22 gates, followed by Terminal E with 17 gates, Terminal F with 15 gates, and Terminal C with 9 gates. Major airlines such as Aeroflot, Delta, Air France, and KLM operate out of Terminal D, while Terminal E is mainly used by international airlines such as Emirates, Qatar Airways, and Turkish Airlines. Terminal C is used by low-cost carriers such as Pobeda and Terminal F is used for domestic flights.

When navigating the airport, it is important to pay attention to the signs and announcements as they will guide you to the correct terminal and gate. There are also shuttle buses that connect the terminals, which can be useful if you have a connecting flight in a different terminal.

Use our interactive airport map to locate food, services, and airline departure gates.

Connecting Between Terminals

Moscow Airport has four main terminals: Terminal C, Terminal D, Terminal E, and Terminal F. The terminals are connected by a free shuttle bus service that runs every 20 minutes, 24 hours a day. The shuttle bus stops are located outside each terminal and are clearly marked. The bus ride between terminals takes approximately 10-15 minutes, depending on traffic.

If you prefer to walk, there are pedestrian walkways connecting all terminals. The walkways are well-lit and clearly marked, and it takes approximately 10-15 minutes to walk between the terminals. However, if you have a lot of luggage or are in a hurry, taking the shuttle bus is recommended.

Picking Up and Dropping Off Passengers

At the airport, passengers can be picked up and dropped off at designated curbside areas outside of each terminal. However, there are strict restrictions on curbside parking, and vehicles cannot be left unattended. Drivers are advised to use the airport's short-term parking facilities if they need to leave their vehicle for an extended period of time.

For those waiting to pick up passengers, the airport provides cell-phone waiting areas near each terminal. These areas allow drivers to wait in their vehicles until their passengers are ready to be picked up, without having to circle the airport or park in a curbside area. It is important to note that vehicles cannot be left unattended in these areas, and drivers must remain in their vehicles at all times.

Overall, Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport provides convenient options for picking up and dropping off passengers, while ensuring the safety and efficiency of airport operations.

Parking Facilities & Options

If you're flying out of Moscow Airport, you'll find a variety of parking options available to you. The airport offers both short-term and long-term parking in garages and lots located near each of the airport's four terminals: Terminal C, Terminal D, Terminal E, and Terminal F.

If you're waiting to pick up arriving passengers, there are cell phone waiting areas available at the airport. These areas are free to use and allow you to wait in your car until your party has arrived and is ready to be picked up.

Handicapped parking is available at all of the airport's parking facilities, with designated spaces located near the entrances of each garage and lot. If you require assistance getting to or from your car, you can contact the airport's assistance service for help.

If you're looking for a more economical parking option, off-airport parking lots are available near the airport. These lots offer shuttle service to and from the airport, and can be a great way to save money on parking fees.

Get details about SVO parking options and rates, along with more economical off-airport parking here .

Transportation Options

SVO Airport offers a variety of ground transportation options for travelers. If you prefer to drive yourself, car rental facilities are available at the airport. Major providers include Avis, Europcar, Hertz, and Sixt. You can find rental car counters in Terminal D.

If you prefer to take a taxi, there are several options available. Taxis are located outside the arrivals area of each terminal. Fares are calculated based on distance and time, and can vary depending on traffic conditions. It is recommended to negotiate the fare with the driver before starting the trip.

Shared ride services such as Uber and Yandex.Taxi are also available at the airport. Pickup areas are located outside the arrivals area of each terminal. However, it is important to note that ride sharing services are not allowed to pick up passengers from the airport without a special permit.

Airport shuttles are available for passengers who need to travel between terminals or to nearby hotels. The shuttle service is free of charge and runs 24/7. Pickup areas are located outside the arrivals area of each terminal.

If you prefer to use public transportation , Aeroexpress trains provide direct service between the airport and Moscow city center. Trains run every 30 minutes and the journey takes approximately 35 minutes. Tickets can be purchased at the airport or online.

Airport Hotels

Traveling can be exhausting, but finding the perfect place to rest shouldn't be. Whether you're catching a flight early in the morning or arriving late at night, our selection of airport hotels ensures you're never far from the terminal. From budget-friendly options to luxury suites, there's something for every traveler. Check out our Sheremetyevo Airport Hotels for a comfortable and convenient stay.

Dining, Shopping & Enjoying the Airport

SVO offers a wide variety of dining and shopping options for travelers to enjoy. Terminal D is the main hub for food and beverage options, with popular choices such as Starbucks, Burger King, and Subway. For a taste of traditional Russian cuisine, travelers can head to the Russian Standard Restaurant located in Terminal D, which offers a range of dishes including borscht and beef stroganoff. Terminal E also offers a range of dining options, including a sushi bar and a pub-style restaurant.

When it comes to shopping, Terminal D and Terminal E offer the most options. Terminal D features a variety of duty-free shops selling everything from luxury clothing brands to traditional Russian souvenirs. Terminal E offers a range of shops selling electronics, books, and accessories. For those looking for a last-minute gift, the Sheremetyevo Airport Gift Shop in Terminal D is a great option.

The locations of all food, shops, and services at SVO Airport can be found using iFly's interactive map. For a complete list of restaurants, bars, shops, and news stands, see your options here .

Passenger Services

Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport is a modern airport that offers a wide range of passenger services to make your travel experience as comfortable as possible. The airport has four terminals: Terminal C, Terminal D, Terminal E, and Terminal F. Here is some helpful information about the passenger services at Moscow Airport:

For passengers who need to stay connected, the airport offers free Wi-Fi throughout all terminals. Lost and found services are available in each terminal, so if you misplace something during your travels, you can easily find it again.

If you are traveling with children, there are designated children's areas in each terminal where kids can play and burn off some energy before their flight. Additionally, special-needs services are available to assist passengers with disabilities or mobility issues. These services include wheelchair assistance, accessible restrooms, and designated parking spaces.

For your banking needs, there are ATMs and currency exchange offices located throughout the airport. If you require medical assistance, there is a medical center located in Terminal D that is staffed by trained medical professionals. The medical center is equipped to handle a variety of medical issues, from minor injuries to more serious medical emergencies.

Flight Status Info

As an air traveler, it's important to stay informed about the status of your flight at all times. At SVO, there are several ways to check your flight status and stay up-to-date on any changes.

One of the easiest ways to check your flight status is by using the in-airport flight displays (FIDS). These displays are located throughout the airport and provide real-time information on flight departures, delays, and gate information. Simply find the display that corresponds to your flight and check the status.

Another convenient way to stay informed is by using your airline's mobile phone app. Many airlines offer apps that allow you to receive alerts about departure delays, cancelations, or gate changes directly to your phone. You can also check your flight status and make changes to your reservation through the app.

In addition to mobile apps, airlines may also send updates via text, email, or push notifications. Make sure to check with your airline to see what options are available to you.

Passengers can check the status of their flight departure at SVO Airport by visiting the flight departures page on ifly.com, which provides real-time updates on flight departures, delays, and gate information.

Helpful Tips

When to arrive.

When traveling through Moscow Airport, it is recommended to arrive at least 2-3 hours before your scheduled departure time. This allows enough time for check-in, security screening, and navigating the airport. The busiest times to avoid are typically during peak travel seasons and holidays, as well as early morning and late evening flights.

Getting to the Airport

SVO is located approximately 29 kilometers northwest of Moscow city center. The best ways to get to the airport include taking a taxi, using public transportation such as the Aeroexpress train or bus, or driving and parking in one of the airport's parking lots. It is important to allow enough time for traffic and potential delays when choosing your mode of transportation.

Getting Oriented

When arriving at SVO Airport, it is recommended to use iFly.com's interactive airport maps to get oriented and navigate the airport. The maps provide detailed information on the airport's terminals, gates, restaurants, shops, and other amenities. Additionally, there are information desks located throughout the airport where you can ask for assistance and directions.

Avoiding Delays

To avoid delays at the airport, it is important to arrive early, have all necessary documents and identification ready, and follow all security protocols. Additionally, it is recommended to check the status of your flight before arriving at the airport and to stay updated on any potential delays or cancellations. You can also download the airport's mobile app for real-time flight information and updates.

Airport Facts & Stats

The airport is one of the busiest airports in Russia, serving millions of passengers annually. The airport has four terminals: Terminal C, Terminal D, Terminal E, and Terminal F.

On average, Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport handles around 40,000 passengers daily and operates approximately 500 daily flights. The airport serves more than 200 destinations worldwide, making it a popular hub for both domestic and international flights.

Some of the top airlines with the most daily flights at Moscow Airport include Aeroflot, Rossiya Airlines, and Nordwind Airlines. These airlines offer flights to various destinations across the globe.

The top five destinations served by SVO are Saint Petersburg, Simferopol, Sochi, Novosibirsk, and Yekaterinburg. These destinations are popular among both business and leisure travelers.

Several air carriers use SVO Airport as a hub, including Aeroflot, Rossiya Airlines, and Nordwind Airlines. These airlines offer connecting flights to various destinations across Russia and beyond.

Airport History

The airport, also known as Sheremetyevo International Airport, is one of the largest airports in Russia and serves as a hub for several major airlines. Here is a brief history of the airport:

  • 1957 - Sheremetyevo Airport opens for civilian use
  • 1960s - The airport undergoes major expansion and modernization
  • 1970s - Sheremetyevo becomes the main international airport for Moscow
  • 1980s - A new terminal is built to handle increased passenger traffic
  • 1990s - The airport experiences a decline in passenger traffic due to economic instability in Russia
  • 2000s - Sheremetyevo undergoes a major renovation and expansion, including the construction of a new terminal and runway
  • 2010s - The airport continues to expand and modernize, with plans for a new terminal and additional runways in the works

Today, Sheremetyevo Airport is a modern and efficient airport that serves millions of passengers each year.

Airport Contact Information

For more information about Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport, please refer to the following contact details:

  • IATA Code: SVO
  • Airport Website
  • Phone: +7 495 578-65-65
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Mailing Address: Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport, Khimki, Moscow Oblast, 141400, Russian Federation

Note that the contact information provided here is subject to change by the airport operator(s).

Last updated: March 8, 2024

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About Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO)

One of three major airports in Moscow, Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport is located to the northwest of the Russian capital. Our Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport guide includes information on terminal facilities, public transport routes and nearby hotels, as well as contact details for the airport.

Information:

Information desks and touch screen terminals are located in the main halls; these provide up-to-date flight information (tel: +7 495 578 6565) and details about the airport and transport to the city.

Driving directions:

The main road leading to Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport is Leningradskoe Highway, which flows into the M10 motorway from Moscow.

Transfer between terminals:

Public buses, express buses and free airline shuttles are available for transfer between Sheremetyevo's terminals, which are split between two separate sites. Terminal A is used solely for business and private flights.

Airport Info

Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport is located 29km (18 miles) northwest of Moscow.

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Public Transport

Public transport road:.

Bus: Regular express buses run 24 hours a day to central Moscow from bus stops outside Terminal B and the bus station on the arrivals level of Terminal F. Bus 851 links to Rechnoi Vokzal metro station, while bus 817 runs to Planernaya metro station. Fares vary between services.

Coach: Coach services operate between Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport and Moscow Central Air Terminal, which is located between the Dinamo and Aeroport metro stations.

Taxi: Taxis to Moscow are available 24 hours a day from the arrivals level of Terminal F and from outside Terminal D and E; passengers should join the taxi queue for fixed-rate taxis, rather than accepting offers from drivers.

Public transport rail:

Rail: Aeroexpress (tel: +7 800 700 3377; https://aeroexpress.ru/ ) trains connect directly from Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport to Belorussky Railway Station in central Moscow (journey time: 35 minutes). Free bus links connect the rest of the airport complex to the Aeroexpress station.

Terminal facilities

Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport offers banking and bureaux de change facilities. Currency exchange services are available in departures in Terminal D,E and Terminal F, while ATMs are located in Terminals D,F and the arrival area of Terminal E.

There is a wide choice of restaurants, cafés and bars in each passenger terminal. These encompass a range of international and locally branded establishments, from a Teremok cafe in Terminal D to a sushi bar in Terminal F.

A good selection of shops is available in each of the main terminals. These include duty-free outlets, gift shops, pharmacies and newsagents.

Luggage trolleys can be hired in the arrivals hall of Terminal F, and luggage packing facilities are also available. A porter service is available to assist passengers on request. Luggage rooms can be found in Terminals D, E and F. A lost property office (tel: +7 495 578 4782) can be found in Terminal C. A lost property office (tel: +7 495 578 7464) is also on hand to assist passengers who have misplaced (or recovered) items in the airport complex.

Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport has a medical office, shower rooms and baby care facilities. There are travel agencies in Terminal F to assist with tour information and bookings.

Airport facilities

Conference and business:.

The VIP and business lounges in Terminals D, E and F offer a selection of facilities, such as showers, refreshments and communication services. Additionally, the on-site Novotel Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (tel: +7 495 626 5900; www.accorhotels.com ) has nine meeting rooms and offers fax and copying services. Terminal A is used exclusively for business travellers and includes a large conference room.

Communication Facilities:

Free Wi-Fi internet access is available in all terminals. Additionally, there are postal, fax, photocopying and international dialling services in Terminals F.

Disabled facilities:

Wheelchair transfer and special assistance is available between the aircraft and the terminal building on request – passengers requiring such services should make a request by submitting an application online and inform their airline prior to travel. The Sirius Lounge, in the departures area of Terminal E, is accessible to departing passengers from Terminals D, E and F, while The Saturn Lounge is located in the public area of Terminal D. Both lounges are equipped with individual service rooms, internet facilities for the visually impaired, and disabled toilets. There are designated parking spaces, which can be booked in advance, free of charge (+7 495 988 0448). The Aeroexpress train is accessible to the physically disabled, with assistants on hand to help where required.

Car parking:

Short-term parking facilities are available close to the terminals.

Car rental:

Car hire companies Sixt, TIScar, AVIS and IDrive have offices in Terminal D.

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