When the UK was still part of the EU, your passport simply had to be up-to-date to travel across the continent. However, since Brexit, the rules on how long your passport is valid have changed
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The UK’s exit from the EU two years ago, in addition to the return of the distinctive blue passport, also triggered new travel rules for some passport holders.
And when post-pandemic life returns to normal, so do travelers find themselves caught in these new restrictions, many of which vary from country to country.
How much time you need for your passport depends on the country you are visiting. Check the travel tips for the country you intend to travel to before you leave.
In particular, the requirements for the Schengen area – which includes most EU countries plus Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and a handful of micro-states – now have specific and updated rules.
The travel page of The European Union Their Europa website states that for non-EU citizens wishing to visit or travel within the EU, your passport must be valid for at least three months after the date you enter the EU country you visit, wish to leave, and must have been issued within the last 10 years.
But what is important is that the validity date is the expiration date, not the 10th anniversary of the passport’s issuance.
Also until Brexitif you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, additional months will be added to its expiration date, meaning it would be valid for more than 10 years.
But any additional months in your passport over 10 years may no longer count towards the minimum duration required for travel.
The Department for Migration and Home Affairs of the European Commission in Brussels states: “Entry should be allowed for travelers with passports that are not older than 10 years at the time of entry into the Schengen area.
“The requirement that the passport must have been issued within the last 10 years is not extended for the duration of the intended stay. It is sufficient if this condition is met at the moment of entry.”
When traveling to the Schengen area (most EU countries plus Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and some small countries) it is also worth noting that UK passport holders can stay in 180 for a maximum of 90 days. That’s about three months in six.
For longer stays, some countries offer visas that allow UK citizens to stay for months.
If you get one of these, time spent there doesn’t count against the 90/180 rule – so you can explore other EU countries with a fresh calendar.
There are no restrictions on passport validity for British visitors to Ireland. In fact, a passport is not a legal requirement for British travelers to the Republic, although some airlines insist on it.
Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania have identical rules as the Schengen area: passport issued in the last 10 years and still valid for three months on the date of departure.
But time spent in any of these countries does not contribute to the “90/180” daily total.
If you’ve booked a trip or are thinking about one, dig up everyone’s passports now to check the dates.
Most importantly, check the issue date and expiry date.
You can view a full list of passport rules for different countries, here.
Which countries belong to the Schengen area?
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
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