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Family £3,000 out of pocket and banned from flying due to Brexit passport rule

Nina Gurd went to the airport confident that she had more than the required three months until the expiration date, which had been extended when she renewed her passport

Nina Gurd has been told that she cannot board a flight to Portugal as her passport expires in February 2023.
Nina Gurd [pictured] she was told that she could not fly to Portugal as her passport expired in February 2023

A family of three has left £3,000 out of pocket due to a little-known Brexit passport rule that meant they could not travel abroad.

Nina Gurd has been told that she cannot board a flight to Portugal as her passport expires in February 2023.

The decision to ban Ms Gurd stems from a post-Brexit rule on entry into a group of European countries.

She went to the airport knowing that she had more than the required three months to the expiration date, which had been extended when she renewed her passport.

But she was told the expiration date was irrelevant, she explained to the BBC.

“The lady at Bournemouth Airport said it has to be within 10 years of the date of issue,” she explained.







The European Commission says there are two rules that must be followed when entering the country. The passport must have been issued within the last 10 years and be valid for at least three months after the intended date of departure
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Ms. Gurd’s passport was originally issued on May 29, 2012, meaning it would have expired next month.

But she extended it early and added another nine months, giving it a new expiration date of February 28, 2023.

Ms Gurd, her husband John and their three sons Jack, Harry and Charlie were forced to return to their home in Botley, Hampshire on April 15 as they missed their holiday in the Algarve.

Mr Gurd said: “When we booked our holiday we were only ever asked for our passport numbers and expiry dates, nothing else.

“But the expiration date seems meaningless.”

Portugal is one of 26 European countries in the Schengen area of ​​free movement.

For many years, up until September 2018, the UK had a generous policy of allowing ‘unused’ time to count towards extending a passport and issuing documents valid for up to 10 years and nine months.







If you’ve booked a trip or are thinking about one, dig up everyone’s passports now to check the dates. Check the issue date and expiration date
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So a passport issued on October 31, 2012 could have an expiration date of July 31, 2023.

That was fine in Europe and the world for decades – until Brexit, when a long-standing rule came into effect.

Now some EU countries in the Schengen area insist that passports must not be more than 10 years old at the time of issue.

Taking into account the three-month expiration buffer, a passport must not be older than nine years and nine months.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office said the advice posted on its website has been warning travelers for several years that they could face problems if they have a passport valid for more than 10 years.

But Mr Gurd said the advice was “everything incredibly vague”.

“Given this new rule, it should be easy enough for government, travel companies and airlines to ask the right questions. It should be flagged,” he added.

“We need to get the message across that the expiry date on your passport is actually meaningless.”







Until September 2018, you could add up to nine months to an adult or child passport this way
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The travel page of the European Union’s Your Europe website explains: “If you are a non-EU national wishing to visit or travel within the EU, you must have a passport that is valid for at least three months after the date The EU country you are visiting that was issued within the last 10 years is valid for your intended departure.”

How much time you need for your passport depends on the country you are visiting. Holidaymakers are encouraged to check travel advice for the country they are visiting before traveling abroad.

For missed flights, you may be able to claim denied boarding compensation (either £220 or £350, depending on flight length) and related costs – for example booking another flight on a competing airline, or for wasted car and hotel costs, which will not be reclaimed be able.

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 day of exit. But time spent in any of these countries does not contribute to the “90/180” daily total.

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