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Passport warning after family were forced to miss £3,000 holiday due to confusing rule

A FAMILY have been forced to miss their £3,000 holiday in Portugal after making a slight passing error.

Mother Nina Gurd was unable to board her flight with her husband John and their three sons Jack, Harry and Charlie after being told her passport was invalid even though it was still valid.

A family was forced to miss their vacation in Portugal due to confusing passport rules

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A family was forced to miss their vacation in Portugal due to confusing passport rulesCredit: Alamy

Your passport, which was issued in May 2012, was due to expire next month.

However, she had a further nine months to take from previous documents before Brexit, meaning the expiry date was February 2023.

but new rules no longer allow these months to use – which meant her passport only had one month left on it.

When she arrived at Bournemouth Airport she was told by staff that it had to be within 10 years of the date of issue, meaning the family would have to return home and miss out on their Algarve holiday.

Nina told that BBC that the “expiry date seems meaningless”.

She added that airlines and travel companies are “too vague” in their advice and must label the new rules when people book a holiday.

Unfortunately, she’s not the first person to fall victim to the new rules.

Earlier this month, Mama Ana Tiganescu was forced to leave her son at a Ryanair check-in after a confusing passport rule ruined their vacation.

Last year a 67-year-old pensioner lost her dream holiday worth £2,600 because of the new passport rules.

And passenger Abi Campbell was prevented from boarding her flight back to Glasgow from Tenerife after she thought her passport was valid.

Despite EU rules allowing Brits to only have three months in their passport to enter the country, some Airlines ask Brits six monthswhich leads to further confusion.

It’s not the only passport issue to emerge in recent weeks, as many families are forced to cancel their vacation afterwards waiting more than 10 weeks for renewal due to a large demand for applications.

A woman had to cancel their £2,200 holiday to Spain because of the delays, while others have had to pay to postpone their vacations until later in the year.

The government has since urged Britons to renew their passports now when they have booked a summer vacation abroad.

Here’s what to do if your Pass does not arrive on time.

New rules mean Brits can't use extra months in their passport

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New rules mean Brits can’t use extra months in their passportCredit: Department of the Interior

https://www.thesun.ie/travel/8700862/passport-warning-holiday-cancelled-portugal-expiry-date/ Passport warning after family were forced to miss £3,000 holiday due to confusing rule

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