Passport prices set to rise

For all passport applications received on or after the 3rd September 2009 the fees will increase by £5.50 for a standard adult passport application and £3.00 for a standard child passport application. Fees for all Fast Track and Premium applications will increase by £15.50.

The cost of renewing an adult passport will rise to £77.50, from £72, while a child passport will increase to £49, up from £46 at present.

The Identity and Passport Service said that the price increases are the result of fewer applications for a passport in these difficult economic times. To limit the impact on holidaymakers during the high summer season, the Identity and Passport Service will wait until September to bring in the price rise.

The adult passport will continue to be issued for free to people born on or before 2 September 1929.

Home Office Minister Phil Woolas, said: “Since the last fee increase in 2007 the Identity and Passport Service has issued almost eight million first generation ePassports, containing secure chips holding an individual’s passport details and facial biometric.”*

Source – August 09

The chip inside new passports contain information about the holder’s face – such as the distances between eyes, nose, mouth and ears. These details are taken from the passport photograph that you supply. They can then be used to identify the passport holder. The chip also holds the information that is printed on the personal details page of your passport.

Don’t forget your travel insurance!
It’s easy to forget in all the excitement of booking your holiday, the importance of taking out travel insurance – even if you have a valid European Health insurance Card (EHIC). The EHIC will not cover you for any private medical healthcare or the cost of things such as repatriation to the UK or lost or stolen property. So ensure you take out adequate travel insurance for visits to all countries.

You can purchase great value travel insurance direct at 24/7 travel insurance. For a week’s family holiday in Europe, it will cost you only £17.01* – a small price to pay so you can enjoy your holiday all the more!

*Premium £17.01 includes Insurance Premium Tax based on a family comprising of 2 adults aged under 55 and 2 children under 18 taking out a “Standard” family Single-trip 24/7 travel insurance policy for 7 days in Europe excluding personal possessions cover and purchased within 14 days of departure date. Cover details and prices are correct at time of going to press (August 2009) and are subject to change.