Dads stranded in Cyprus spent £10k waiting for baby twins' passports

Dads stranded in Cyprus spent £10k waiting for baby twins' passports

British couple have been stranded in Cyprus for two months and racked up a £10,000 accommodation bill while they wait for passports for their newborn twins

  • Two-month-old British twins Adeline and Elodie De Mario-Ellis stuck in Cyprus
  • Girls born via surrogate in Cyprus on August 3 but have not been sent passports
  • Dads Alex and Greg De Mario-Ellis warned of 13 week wait due to passport chaos
  • ‘Stressed’ parents racked up £10,000 bill as they wait to return home to Dorset

A British couple whose newborn twins were born in Cyprus have now been stranded there for two months after becoming caught up in the UK’s passport chaos.

Alex and Greg De Mario-Ellis have been unable to get a first passport issued for twin girls Adeline and Elodie to bring them to their home in Dorset.

The girls were born via a surrogate on August 3 – but the couple have been waiting weeks for their British passport so they can fly home from Cyprus.

And they have been warned the final wait could be up to 13 weeks as their daughters were not born in the UK which means an emergency travel document cannot be issued at short notice.

Dads Alex (left) and Greg De Mario-Ellis (right) have been unable to get a first passport issued for twin girls Adeline and Elodie to bring them to their home in Dorset. Pictured: Alex and Greg holding their newborn twins

Adeline and Elodie were born via a surrogate on August 3 – but the couple have been waiting weeks for their British passport so they can fly home from Cyprus

The couple have been warned the final wait could be up to 13 weeks as their daughters were not born in the UK

Alex said they are ‘stressed and frustrated’ that they have not been able to return to their home in Lilliput, Dorset.

The couple have now spent over £10,000 on accommodation on the holiday isle while making daily telephone calls to the passport office in the hope of speeding up their application.

Alex, a property manager, said they had only planned to stay in Cyprus for six weeks but have ended up having to stay almost three months.

He said: ‘We were absolutely overjoyed to become parents and we want to take our babies home to show friends and family. It is so frustrating that we cannot get passports for our twins.

‘The girls have to go home to have vaccinations and we are also concerned that in a few days out 90-day tourist visa runs out and we will be considered overstayers. They are now eight weeks old and we really just want to be able to go home and begin our family life.

‘One person I spoke to at the passport office said the wait time was 13 weeks which is just ridiculous.’

Alex and Greg travelled to Cyprus in July for the birth of their twins via a surrogate.

The girls weighed just over 7lbs at birth and two weeks later they applied for their passports.

‘We were absolutely overjoyed to become parents and we want to take our babies home to show friends and family,’ said Alex

Alex and Greg travelled to Cyprus in July for the birth of their twins via a surrogate

The birth certificate and other documents were sent via courier to the passport office, and they received an acknowledgement on August 28th.

But since then, they have had to make daily phone calls to find out the progress of their application.

Since April tens of thousands of holidaymakers have been caught up in the passport office logjam with official Government figures showing the wait for a renewal is 10 weeks or more.

The passport office said they are set to process over nine million applications this year.

The couple, who have been married six years, said they were told applications for newborns in the UK can be processed in a week.

But because their daughters were born in Cyprus this timescale does not apply.

The birth certificate and other documents were sent via courier to the passport office, and they received an acknowledgement on August 28th


‘We just want to get home and having been stranded here is causing a lot of stress. We are now staying in our sixth Airbnb,’ said Alex (right). The couple had only planned to stay in Cyprus for six weeks but have ended up having to stay almost three months

Alex, 40, said: ‘I must spend 15-20 minutes on the phone everyday trying to get an update on the applications. The last we heard was that our applications are with the examination team, but we have not had any further communication.

‘We just want to get home and having been stranded here is causing a lot of stress. We are now staying in our sixth Airbnb. We had to keep moving as we were here in the height of season and the places were booked. We have been moving all over the island and are now in Paphos.

‘The twins have changed so much, and we are desperate to get home.

‘Fortunately, we work for a family company and they have been very supportive and we are on paternity leave, but it is getting very frustrating being stuck here.’

We spoke to the consul at the British embassy in Nicosia and they were very sympathetic but said they could not help us or speed up the process.’

The Passport Office have been asked for comment.

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