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2 JULY 2012
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UK nationals planning to travel this summer should make sure they don’t fall at the last hurdle by planning ahead and avoiding using the London Passport Office during the 2012 Games, the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) has warned. The advice is to leave at least three weeks for IPS to process a postal application and longer if you are applying for the first time.
With the Games starting on 27 July, customers in the London area who need to use their passports over the summer are being advised to check the date of expiry now.
The summer is the busiest time for IPS, when it processes more than 1.8m passport applications including more than half a million children’s passports, and around 1.2m adult passports.
Using a Post Office or Royal Mail, passports now cost £77.50 + £8.75 for adults and £49.00 + £8.75 for children. A premium service is also available which allows you to renew your passport in one day, once you have an appointment. This service costs £129.50 for adults and £109.50 for children. www.direct.gov.uk/passports
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