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Millions of Britons should renew passportsby Friday, says consumer group

百万英国护照亟待换领,听听消费者团体怎么说



(译者注:Which? 是英国的非盈利组织,始建于1957年,关注消费者权益、产品咨询等服务)

London (CNN) — UK consumer group Which? haswarned that millions of Britons could see holiday plans disrupted if they don'trenew their passport by Friday.

伦敦(CNN)—英国消费者团体“Which?”警告说,如果在周五前不能及时更新手上的护照,数百万英国人的度假计划恐怕就要泡汤了。



However a legal loophole means that thosewith up to 15 months' validity could be forced to stay at home if Britaincrashes out of the EU without a deal.

然后,目前存在这样一个法律漏洞:如果英国在没有与欧盟达成协议的情况下脱离欧盟,这些护照有效期最长为15个月的英国人可能不得不待在家里。



The deadline to reach a deal is March 29,three weeks from Friday.

英国与欧盟就脱欧一事达成协议的截止日期是3月29日,也就是从周五起算的未来三周后。

A new UK passport takes three weeks toarrive using the standard service, leading to claims of a Friday"deadline," and Which? warns that the passport office could be busierthan normal as more people realize they need a new document in order to travel.

走标准程序的话,换一本新的英国护照需要3个星期,也就是说周五是提交申请的“最后一天”,这样才能及时拿到新护照,而“Which?”也预测:如果有更多人意识到自己出行需要一本新证件,那么护照办公室可能会比平常更加忙碌。



"Anyone who thinks they might beaffected should look to renew their passport today or if you already havetravel plans in the near future consider using the fast track passport renewalservice."

“每一个感觉自己会受到这一规定影响的人都应该在今天去申请新护照,如果你已经有了不久之后出行的计划,考虑一下选择更新护照的加急服务?!?br />
Which? said travelers should check theirpassport status, and warned that anyone refused travel due to an invalidpassport will not be entitled to rebooking, compensation or a refund.With Brexit fast approaching, travelers arefacing huge uncertainty about what will happen on March 29.

“Which?”表示,出行者应留意自己护照的状态,同时也提醒大家:因为无效护照被拒绝出行的旅客将无权重新预约、获得赔偿或退款。随着脱欧日期的临近,对于3月29日当天的情形,英国出行者正面临巨大的不确定性。

And the UK government has acknowledged thatpeople should check their passport status.

英国政府也承认,英国人民应该检查自己护照的有效期。



However, the Commission has also confirmedthat as of 2021, UK visitors to the EU will have to pay 7 euros (about $8) forthe European Travel Information and Authorization Scheme (ETIAS), which can bebought online ahead of travel. This will last three years and ensure smoothentry at EU borders and airports, similar to the current ESTA scheme manytourists use to travel to the United States.

不过,欧盟委员会也证实:2021年开始,入境欧盟的英国游客需向《欧洲旅游信息和授权计划(ETIAS)》缴纳7欧元(约合8美元),该款项可在出发前在线支付。该计划将持续三年,以保证英国旅客顺利进入欧盟边境和机场,此举和现行的《旅游许可电子系统(ESTA)》类似,许多游客在到访美国时会使用。