AVOID PASS­PORT PANIC

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Al­ways worth say­ing: check your pass­port be­fore you book your holiday! Your in­surance won’t pay out if you miss your trip be­cause your pass­port’s out of date. Some coun­tries re­quire it has six months left on it. Oth­ers, including South Africa, in­sist you have at least two blank pages in your pass­port. Check these re­quire­ments (and whether you need a visa) at gov.uk/for­eign-travel-ad­vice.

Re­mem­ber to al­low four to seven weeks for a new pass­port to come through. Stream­line the process by us­ing the Pass­port Check & Send ser­vice at the Post Of­fice. It costs an ex­tra £9.75, but is worth it when you’re short of time. Brits forked out £64m in last-minute pass­ports last year. Hope­fully, you’ll never be in that po­si­tion, but it’s re­as­sur­ing to know there’s a pre­mium one-day ser­vice if you do (cost­ing £128).

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