Parents holiday warning as 'inconsolable' mother forced to leave daughter, 10, behind

Samantha stressed her disappointment as it was meant to be their first family holiday in two years.

She continued: “We went all inclusive. It’s our first holiday in two years and it never happened for her.

“She was devastated at the beginning. I was devastated. I was inconsolable even going out on the flight because of the thoughts of leaving her behind.

“This whole holiday was a way of doing something together as a family again.”

Ellen was unable to join as the passport had only been posted a few days before the holiday was due to end.

A spokesperson from the Department of Foreign Affairs said: “The turnaround time for applications such as child renewals and first time applicants begins only when we receive all required supporting documentation.