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Please, Please Please check your passports! Do not leave it too late to get a new one.
We are not even into summer season yet and we have clients having difficulty obtaining passports. This causes great stress and can incur a loss of money.
ADVICE FROM ABTA on the Validity of your British passport …
Travel to Europe now that we have left the EU
With the UK no longer a Member of the European Union (EU), the following requirements now apply to British passport holders when travelling to countries in the EU (except Ireland), as well as Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City.
Your passport must be:
Issued less than 10 years before the date you enter the country (so check the ‘date of issue’)
Valid for at least three months after the day you plan to leave (so check the ‘date of expiry’).
For example, if you are entering the EU on 21 July 2023 and returning to the UK on 4 August 2023, your passport must:
Have been issued less than 10 years before 21 July 2023.
Be valid for at least three months after 4 August 2023.
If your current passport was issued before 1 October 2018, you might have had extra months from your previous passport added to its expiry date. These extra months do count towards the required three months that you will need on your passport on the day you plan to leave, but it does mean that it’s even more important to check that your passport will also be less than 10 years old on the date you enter the EU.
If you’re travelling with children, don’t forget that British passports for under 16s are only valid for five years. This means they will automatically meet the first rule of being issued less than 10 years before entering the EU, so you just need to check it will meet the second rule – that it will be valid for at least three months after the day you plan to leave.
If you’re travelling to Ireland, you can continue to use your passport as long as it’s valid for the length of your stay.