THE Isle of Man Passport Office is urging people to check the entry requirements of their chosen holiday destination ahead of booking any travel arrangements for 2013.
Some countries require passport holders to meet certain entry requirements, such as having at least six months remaining on a passport before the expiry date.
Country by country travel advice can be found on the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office website at www.fco.gov.uk
February represents the start of the busy period for the Isle of Man Passport Office in terms of handling passport applications and renewals. Last year the maximum processing time reached up to 8 weeks, so the Office is advising members of the public to check the validity of their passports before making any travel plans.
Passport applications are currently taking up to two weeks to process, but this is expected to return to four weeks as the Office enters its busy period. Consequently, people are advised to ensure they are prepared for any planned holidays or in the event of any unexpected off-Island trips.
Further information can we found at www.gov.im/cso or contact the Passport Office on 01624 685208.