TUI, easyJet, Ryanair, Jet2, BA: Warning to UK passport holders about expiry dates as post-Brexit rules change
Britons are being warned to check their passports comply with new EU regulations or risk being turned away at the airport and missing their holiday.
According to post-Brexit rules, passports must not be older than 10 years to enter EU countries. In previous years, people who renewed their travel document early received a “reduction” of unused months.
Those who don’t follow the latest rules risk losing the money for a flight or vacation because a travel supplier won’t offer a refund and insurance won’t cover the mistake.
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WalesOnline reports that some travelers have arrived at the airport only to be refused entry at the gates.
A passenger who had renewed his documents six months earlier was entitled to a passport valid for ten years and six months. From now on, a passenger traveling within the last six months of the passport will no longer be allowed to enter the EU, with the exception of travel to Ireland.
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The Home Office has removed its passport validity checker from its website after establishing that it was giving passengers incorrect information.
All countries in the European Union require a passport to be valid for at least three months after the day the holder leaves the UK. HM Passport Office recommends that on the day of departure there should be at least six months remaining on the passport.
The best way to find out if a passport is valid for travel to certain countries is to check the Travel Advice section of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website.
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