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1 In 10 Holidaymakers’ Travel Plans Affected By Expiring Passport
A new study by the UK’s fastest growing online independent travel agent has revealed that a tenth of British holidaymakers have previously planned or attempted to travel abroad with an expiring passport, only to discover they were unable to do so.
By: 10 Yetis
The poll was conducted by www.sunshine.co.uk, in a bid to discover more about holidaymakers’
When asked, ‘Has the expiry date on your passport ever affected your travel plans when you tried or planned to go abroad?’ 8% of those polled answered ‘yes.’ Total respondents were then asked to specify whether or not they were aware of how the expiry date on passports could affect travel.
A quarter, 24%, thought you could travel abroad using a passport providing you left before the date on which it expired. However, tourists often need up to 6 months left on their passport to travel to certain destinations.
To gain more of an understanding about holidaymakers’
Respondents were also asked about their knowledge of passport fees, should they need to renew it. The majority, 53%, of those asked thought a new adult passport or renewal cost ‘around £100’ which is more than the £77.50 it actually costs.
Chris Brown, co-founder of http://www.sunshine.co.uk, commented on the findings;
“Our customer service team often receive enquires about passport regulations and it’s surprising how confused some people are on the matter. If you’re going on holiday, it’s important you do your homework and check that everything is in place to make your trip run smoothly.
“You’d be surprised how common it is for people to turn up at the airport, only to be told they cannot fly because they only have a few months left before their passport expires. Even if you are due to return to the UK before your passport expires, you often need a few months left on your passport to be able to travel in the first place.”
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sunshine.co.uk is the UK's leading online independent travel agent and was founded by Chris Brown and Chris Clarkson, the same people behind Holiday Watchdog which was bought by TripAdvisor in February 2008 for an undisclosed amount of money.
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Sunshine.co.uk offers low cost holidays and budget flights to destinations all over the world as well as great deals and discounted hotels.
TravelMole recently voted sunshine.co.uk as the best Travel Agency in the 2010 web awards.