Martin Lewis issues 'don’t assume' passport warning as he urges people to 'check today'

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Martin Lewis has urged people to do one thing today - and that's to check your passport. With the holiday season now upon us, the financial expert is urging people to check before they fly as it could save you money in the long run.

Speaking on This Morning, the Money Saving Expert (MSE) founder said there are two vital checks that need to be done. Stressing the importance of these checks and not to leave things up to chance, he explains: "Do not assume your passport is valid. There are two things you need to check.

"First of all, and this is all about the day you enter the country. There should be generally more than six months left on your passport. If you are going to the EU, it's more than three months left.

"Now most people know that. What they don't know is you also need to check that your passport is not over 10 years old on the date that you enter."

He further explained: "You use to be able to, when you renewed your passport, take what was left on your old passport to add it to your new one so you have longer than 10 years. But now many countries will not let you in if your passport is older than 10 years.

"This is not a small thing. People do their flight then get sent back and you can't travel. I know someone it happened to in Dubai because of the 10 year rule."

Because of situations like this, you need to do those checks now, he suggests saying: "So if any of those things when you go and check your passport, if you're not overseas [apply to you], you then need to go and check the specific rules for the country that you are travelling to and if you are out of date, you then need to get it renewed."

When asked if the timings were long to renew your passport, the expert stressed: "The passport delays have shrunk, they are not as bad as they were. But still, frankly, if you are going on holiday in eight weeks time check today. The sooner you do it, the cheaper it is, and the more chance you have of getting it sorted. So go check your passports today everyone."