politics
Brits Flock to Sealand to Escape Tarnished Mainland

The extremely small and mostly concrete principality of Sealand is experiencing a surge in popularity, as UK citizens not keen on retaining a British passport regardless of its future colour are attempting to switch nationalities. Read More >>

health
Papers for Prescriptions, Please

The NHS may soon require one or two forms of ID to be shown before receiving some kinds of treatments, as part of moves that want to help our healthcare trusts reclaim the costs of treatment given to overseas visitors. Read More >>

brexit
Home Office Hoping a Passport Colour Change Gets Kids Excited About Brexit

Yesterday we had EU travel visas, today it’s passports. The Home Office has suggested that the colour of British passports could change as a consequence of the decision to leave the EU, with blue potentially set to make a comeback. Read More >>

law
British Citizens May Soon Need a £50 Visa to Travel to Europe

Ah, balls. Brexit, the gift that keeps on giving, means that Brits may soon have to apply for and purchase a travel visa in order to go on holiday in Europe. Read More >>

security
Wrong Kind of Sun Breaks Stansted’s Biometric Passport Readers

The setting sun has been blamed for passenger delays at Stansted airport, as the cameras attached to biometric passport readers in one particular hall are failing to take photos properly due to... it being the summer. Read More >>

politics
UK Residents Turn Irish Ahead of Brexit Vote

Irish authorities say they're receiving an "unprecedented" number of requests for passports, as some UK residents look to rebrand themselves as Irish ahead of the possibly calamitous result of the EU referendum. Read More >>

wtf
Passport Markings Turn Unfortunate Man Into Hitler

Creepy, podgy, skinny, ugly, Adolf Hitler. This is not an odd-one-out list. Stuart Boyd, a distinctly normal-looking person from Salford, had a rather unpleasant surprise after renewing his passport last month. Read More >>

travel
Flying to the US? You Need an e-Passport to Get in the Country

An extremely important change to US visa requirements came into effect at the beginning of last month, and it turns out that many holidaymakers -- myself included -- didn’t have a clue. As of April 1st, you’re not allowed to travel to the Land of Trump and... Glory if you don’t own an e-passport. Read More >>

smartphones
Passports to be Digitalised and Embedded in Smartphones

Passport manufacturer De La Rue has revealed that it’s hoping to create digital passports that can be stored on smartphones. The company envisions a future in which travellers won’t need to carry any paper documents through airports with them, and that sounds pretty good to us. Read More >>

transport
International Air Travel Will Be Fun Again in the Near Future

Being abroad, far from home in strange new places, is inherently thrilling but it often requires coping with an interminable, soul-sucking flight to get there. But things are looking good for the future of air travel, so tray tables up please and prepare for take-off. Read More >>

design
Designers of New UK Passport Shrug Off Accusations of Sexism

The new design for the British passport has been revealed, and people are already complaining about it. The revamped burgundy book, which will start rolling out from next month, features famous British landmarks and figures, though only two of them -- mathematician Ada Lovelace and architect Elisabeth Scott -- are female. By contrast, seven men have made the cut. Read More >>

business
Mugshot Pile Reaches Critical Level as 480,000 Passport Applications Await Processing

The Passport Office's boss has said they've "lost control" of the backlog, as 480,000 await their British passports. 3.6 million passport applications have been made since January, so everyone must be planning to go somewhere nice this summer. Read More >>

crime
If You Need a Fake Passport Head to Jersey, Where it’s Legal to Make One… For Now

Here's a weird pub quiz question for you -- where can you currently fake up a passport and not get in trouble? Answer: In Jersey, where, for some odd historical reason, the laws have never been updated to make the mocking up of passports illegal. Read More >>

apps
Is the Home Office’s Android NFC Passport Reader App an ID Thief’s Wet Dream?

First of all, did you know there's an NFC chip in passports these days? Wow. That's clever. I should get out more and to the types of places you can't get to by waving a library card at security staff. Secondly, the Home Office has released an Android app you can use to read the data stored within your passport's NFC chip, but there's one peculiar catch... Read More >>