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Desperate holidaymakers queue HOURS outside London passport office

Added 07-21-22 07:36:02pm EST - “EXCLUSIVE: Britons waiting for passports were being turned away in London Victoria unless they are due to leave the UK within 48 hours as WFH civil servants fail to clear the backlog.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “Desperate holidaymakers queue HOURS outside London passport office”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Desperate holidaymakers queueing for hours outside passport offices today are being turned away unless they are due to leave Britain in the next 48 hours as WFH civil servants fail to clear the massive backlog caused by Covid restrictions, MailOnline can reveal.

Britons arrived at the office in London Victoria at 5.30am this morning - two hours before the doors even open - as the backlog in applications soars to 550,000.

For many frantically trying to get their passport applications approved, today was their second or even third time trying.

A Passport Office boss has revealed that the backlog in applications soared to 550,000 at the end of June - with 10% waiting more than ten weeks.

HM Passport says more than 5m applications for passports were delayed during the pandemic because of international travel curbs as governments around the world effectively shut their borders in a bid to control the spread of Covid.

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