UK tourists face being banned from flights over 'miniscule' passport issue

A Brit has been forced to miss his family’s 50th birthday holiday after a "miniscule" passport issue, they have heartbreakingly revealed. Nick Bryant was due to travel to Bali with his family for the celebrations after the passport mistake.

A man had to miss his family's 50th birthday holiday due to his passport. Nick Bryant, an ex-BBC correspondent, was flying from Sydney to Bali. However, Jetstar staff stopped him before he could board for Denpasar.

He was told he wouldn't be able to board his flight - because of a small tear in his airport. He told Sydney Morning Herald: "Mine had a minuscule tear on the photo page, barely visible to the naked eye." He said: "The only way to get into Bali on a British passport was to fly back to the UK, wait about a week for a new one, and then travel halfway back around the world.

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"I’d make it into the arrivals hall in Bali just as my wife and kids were heading towards the departure gate." His family were forced to come home early to celebrate their birthday in Sydney instead, slamming the "unhappy experience".

As a rule of thumb, if you're unsure whether the passport is too damaged or not, it's better to assume it's too damaged and replace it. The last thing you want is to have a vacation ruined because border authorities declared your passport invalid due to damages. The authorities could even detain you or send you home.

The Passport Office said: "We will not issue any passport until we are satisfied the customer is a British national, is entitled to hold a British passport (for example, they are not banned from holding a British passport because of a court order), holds the claimed identity and is not at risk because they are vulnerable."