BRITS planning trips abroad in the next couple of months should check whether their passports are still valid for travel.
This is because new rules will come into place in the event of a No Deal Brexit, meaning some holidaymakers will need to renew their travel documents before they can travel to Europe.
Luckily it’s easy and free to check whether you need a new passport.
Here’s what you need to know:
Do I need to renew my passport after Brexit?
It all depends on how long is left before your current passport is due to expire and what kind of deal Britain secures with the EU.
If Britain leaves the European Union without a deal, then new rules will apply for UK citizens travelling to certain countries in the EU after January 31.
In a No Deal situation, you will need up to 15 months of validity on your passport.
You can check your passport with a free online tool provided by the government which explains if your document needs to be renewed or not.
Why do I need at least six months left on my passport?
Brits who renew their passports will have the valid document for 10 years from the date of issue.
However, changes to the system in September last year mean time left on expiring passports cannot be carried over to the new one.
In a No Deal Brexit scenario, Brits visiting Schengen Area countries, including Spain, France and Greece, will be governed by the same rules as visitors from non-EU countries.
This means that they will need at least six months left on their passport to enter the EU.
The Government has a free passport checker that you can use to check whether you need to renew your passport before you travel, which you can find here.
The new rules will apply to all passports issued by the UK, Gibraltar, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Jersey.
A standard new adult passport costs £75.50 if you apply online – it’s £9.50 cheaper than if you do it by post.
Brits are advised to allow at least three weeks for it to arrive if renewing it online.
Which countries will be affected?
The rules will apply to travel to, from and between any countries in the Schengen area.
- Czech Republic
The new rules don’t apply for travels to Ireland.
Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania are not in the Schengen area but could still be affected.
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