A leading travel writer has claimed the passport office is a "shambles" amid reports of delays to applications that could scupper some Brits' holiday plans.
Simon Calder told ITV's Good Morning Britain: "I've been behind the scenes at the Passport Office and I couldn't believe that, in the 21st Century, there are so many bits of paper and photos and things falling out all over the place.
"It's a bit of a shambles really," he added.
The Home Office has outlined how people who are facing delays to their passport renewal can get it fast-tracked for free.
If you are worried about your passport application not being ready ahead of your holidays, there are a few options available to you.
Photos shown to ITV News appear to reveal the scale of the backlog at the Passport Office, amid staff claims of "blind panic".