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UK passport validity

Kimmy11Posted by Kimmy11 on Thu Dec 16, 2021 5:51pm in Brexit and the EU
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Hi all,

We've discussed previously the changes to UK passport validity in the EU post-Brexit and the details have now been updated on the Gov.UK website.  The relevant extract is below, along with a link to the website.

"Check your passport and travel documents before you travel

If you are travelling to Spain for work, read the guidance on visas and permits as the rules have changed since 1 January 2021.

Passport validity

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.

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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."

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/entry-requirements

It's worth signing up for email alerts, so that you receive the update about clarification of the EU's 10-year rule, as I've highlighted in the text above.

Kind regards,

Kim


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