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By Abbey Morton
Annan and Eskdale

 

THE region’s holidaymakers are among the most organised when it comes to passports, a survey has found.
Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) has found that only 0.24 per cent of the Dumfries and Galloway population used the premium emergency one-day passport system in the last year.
The number is significantly lower than that of residents in Surrey, where 14.5 per cent of the population applied for the rush service, a Freedom of Information request revealed.
HM Passport Office received a staggering 254,529 applications nationally for its premium service between August 1 2015 and July 31 2016.
Head of marketing at APH Beverley Barden said: “With many countries requiring at least six months’ validity, it really is essential that people make checking their passport a priority when booking a trip.”
Getting a same-day passport costs an extra £55.50 on top of the standard adult passport renewal, bringing the total additional charge for disorganised travellers across the UK using this service to £14,126,359.50.

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