Hi, I've just booked a week in Turkey for me and my 13 year old son. He has a valid passport, but I noticed on the bumpf at the bottom of the confirmation that we have to pay £10 sterling for a visa as we enter Turkey and all travellers need a 10 year passport.
I thought only 5 year passports were available for children. I can't find anything on the passport service website about duration either.
A child's passport does not cost the same as an adults, its £46 compared to £72. Children change a lot in 5 years let alone 10 so the need to change for the appearance in the photo. My ds had one at 11 then 16 and he looks completely different. Thousands of families go to turkey with children every year, so the 5 year passport cant be a problem. But without checking I think that you must have at least 6 months left on the passport.
Nor relevant to the op, but relevant to passports - did you know you can renew a passport with up to nine months left on it, but have those 9 months added to the new one?
So, for example, my dds passport expires in march 2014. I will apply for a new one for her at a convenient juncture somewhere between june 2013 and march 2014, but wheneve i apply, the renewal date will be march 2019. Means you don't have to apply during the summer rush/waste money by getting a new one before the old one has expired.