Britons are urged to double-check the information on their passports before flying away on holiday after confusion has caused problems for some holidaymakers since Brexit rules came into force. Recently, a mother named Shirelle was denied travel to Spain from Newcastle Airport because his passport was not valid under the 10-year rule.
As Spain is one of the 26 countries that make up the Schengen area of free movement, passports must have been issued within the last 10 years on the date of arrival in the country. European Union (EU) and must be valid for at least three months from the date of return from the trip. This rule came into effect when the UK left the EU.
Now, ABTAthe travel association, urges Britons to check that their passports meet a list of specific requirements before booking their holidays.
Experts have warned that “one of the most important things you need to check is whether your passport will be valid for your travel dates”.
Essential passport checks to do before traveling
Make sure your passport is valid
ATA said: “You can check the validity of your passport by looking at both the date of issue and the date of expiry.
“Countries require you to have a minimum amount of time in your passport.
“How long you have left on your passport depends on the country you are visiting, although it is often between three and six months.”
If you hold a UK passport, you can check the passport rules of the country you are traveling to on the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) website.
Passport validity information will be listed in the entry requirements of the country you are visiting.
ABTA added: ‘If you do not hold a UK passport you should check with the embassy of the country you are traveling to.
Rules for traveling to Europe after Brexit
Since the UK left the EU, new travel requirements are in place.
ABTA has clarified what this means for UK passport holders. They said: “Your passport cannot be more than 10 years old when you enter the country – so check when your passport was issued and when it is due to expire.
“Most places in Europe will require you to have at least three months left on your passport on the date of departure from your destination – check the advice from the Foreign Office for the passport rules for your destination.”
When checking your passport, you should look at both the date of issue and the date of expiration. If you renewed your current passport earlier, additional months may have been added to its expiry date, which could affect the requirement that your passport be less than 10 years old.
The only exception is for those traveling to Ireland, where you can continue to use your passport as long as it is valid for the duration of your stay.
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Allow plenty of time if you renew your passport
ABTA warned: “Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO) currently advises processing applications can take up to 10 weeks when applying from the UK, so please ensure you apply in time .”
Britons should also ensure that their old passport is sent immediately to speed up the application process.
If you need to get a new adult or child passport urgently, you can use the one-week Fast Track service.
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