British travellers looking to visit countries in the European Union will have to jump a new hurdle due to Brexit, the Home Office has confirmed.
During the transition period for the remainder of 2020, UK passports are valid for travel anywhere in the EU up to and including the date of expiry.
However, tough new rules will come into effect on 1 January 2021, which mean that a traveller whose British passport has almost 15 months to run could be turned away from the airport.
HM Passport Office has issued a notice stating: “You’ll need to have at least six months left on an adult or child passport to travel to most countries in Europe.”
This is in keeping with the European Union’s strict rules on passport validity for travellers visiting from outside the EU – which now includes the United Kingdom.
Once a UK passport has been valid for 10 years or more, the EU will consider it expired.
Be sure to double check the date on your passport before you book your holidays to avoid any last minute problems!
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