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Check your passport and travel documents before you travel


There are appears to be a little known issue with UK Passport validity in some European countries.
Since 2020 the European Union decided that the UK Passport needs to have at least 3 months remaining on the expiry period and most importantly it has to be within 10 years of issue.

Whereas previously, you could travel throughout Europe with a passport that had at least 3 months until the expiry date, now it seems that it has to have 3 months left from the 10 years from issue date. 
Now this is the important part that may not allow you entry onto a plane or ferry and it is because previously the Passport Agency allocated 10 years on top of any remaining time, so this was added to the expiry date if you renewed before it ran out and you could have a passport that has 10 years and 6 months on it.

SO IN A NUTSHELL .... Ensure your passport still has at least 3 months left from the 10 years from the 'Issue Date' and not relying on the 3 months from the expiry date!

Check with your travel provider to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.




If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.
Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

We are asking the European Commission to clarify the 10-year rule. Their guidance for Schengen border guards may not be updated until the spring of 2022. Until then, for some Schengen countries your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Contact your travel provider or embassy of the country you are visiting if you think that your passport does not meet both these requirements. Renew your passport if you need to.

Source link:    UK GOVERNMENT WEBSITE.  https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice


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