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British passports can be valid for up to nine months after changing the rule

Travelers who renew their passports are faced with the loss of validity of up to nine months due to a little-published change to the rules introduced by the Ministry of the Interior.

Until last week, when British citizens renewed their passports, the remaining time on the existing document was added to the new one – up to a maximum of nine months.

But passport applicants have been told that this is no longer applicable and that the remaining months will be lost if an attempt is made to renew the document earlier.

The change was discovered by the Money Saving Expert website for consumer affairs after members of the public had contacted each other. The Home Office has been contacted for comment.

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