OVERSEAS passport offices in UK embassies have closed, leaving the UK office with a backlog of some 53,000 applications.
Passport Office chief executive Paul Pugh has apologised for possible delays in people’s summer holiday plans.
Furthermore, according to reports released by the Passport Office, over £2.2m (€2.8m) has been spent on overtime to employees in order to compensate for the high demand.
The agency has approved automatic one-year passport extensions for those nationals applying for renewals from abroad.
The Spanish government has approved these extensions and will accept them at customs and passport control.