Passports are essential for foreign travel and they are also used for proof of identity.
However, there are some circumstances where you may want to prevent someone from getting a passport.
It may be that you fear your child may be taken out of the country without your consent, or you are worried about someone who is mentally ill leaving the country.
Thankfully, the UK government website offers advice on what to do in this situation.
Passport news: You can stop someone from getting a passport, but you will usually need a court order
You might be able to stop a child or vulnerable person getting a passport
The advice says: “You might be able to stop a child or vulnerable person getting a passport.”
“Contact the police or social services if you’re concerned about these issues.”
However, it suggests stopping a passport is not a straightforward, simple process – requiring a court order.
“Contact Her Majesty’s Passport Office to find out if it will be possible to stop someone from getting a passport.
Passport news: You may want to stop a child from getting a passport if you are worried about their w
“Her Majesty’s Passport Office will usually only stop a passport if you have a court order to do so.”
It also offers essential advice for those in the unfortunate circumstance of having their children taken to a different country against their will already.
“You shouldn’t stop a child’s passport if they’ve already been taken overseas.
“It makes the process of getting them back harder and may also be against the law.”
Passport news: UK passport will change from burgundy to blue, after Brexit in 2019
It was revealed last week that the blue British passport is to make a return in 2019 after Brexit.
The burgundy passport, which has been around for the last 30 years, will slowly be phrased out, the Home Office confirmed.
The change was announced by Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis.
He said: “One of the most iconic things about being British is having a British passport.
“Leaving the EU gives us a unique opportunity to restore our national identity and forge a new path for ourselves in the world.”
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