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Martin Lewis issues warns of passport problems that could cancel holidays

Consumer champion Martin Lewis has issued a warning to Brits jetting off on holiday over passport problems.

This comes as the Home Office alerted hopeful holidaymakers that passport applications could take up to 10 weeks.

Speaking on ITV's This Morning, Martin urged people to apply in plenty of time, discussed what rights customers have and what to do if your passport doesn't arrive on time.

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Lengthy delays for passports have been reported at the moment due to staff shortages and a post-Covid travel surge, reports BirminghamLive.

Around 9.5 million people will make applications this summer, her Majesty's Passport Office estimates For those that new a need one, applying in plenty of time is essential to avoid problems.

For those who do face issues, Martin advised: "The first thing to say is your holiday company - did you have any cancellation rights? If you don't it is a bit like you have entered a tennis tournament and you don't have a racket - well, you still entered it and it's not their fault.

"You have no legal right, but I would always call them up and speak to them politely - can they change the date? Can they give you some form of cancellation? Can they give you vouchers?

"Remembering you have no rights, anything they offer you is better than nothing."

He added: "I would call travel insurance but most won't cover this. After that, there really isn't much left."

Have you had any issues with passport applications? Let us know in the comments.