The UK passport warning as a Brexit rule could mean you are not allowed to board your flight

UK passport rules include how long your passport must be valid if you go on holiday – but new post-Brexit guidelines have confused some UK travellers

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British plan public holidays want to check the validity of their passport this summer; or risk being denied boarding their flight at the airport.

That’s because new rules apply to Brits Brexit affect whether your document is considered valid. Actually a family of four were left £3,000 out of pocket after they broke the little-known rule and were therefore unable to board their flight to Portugal.

That’s because a number of EU countries in the Schengen area require your passport to be no more than 10 years old at the time of issue.

However, most countries also require that your passport be valid for at least three (sometimes six) months according to Your travel data.

For example, if you are traveling to Portugal, where your passport must be valid for three months after travel, your passport must have been issued nine years and nine months before your travel date to meet both criteria.

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British passports used to be issued and essentially eligible for this buffer, but following the UK’s exit from the EU they must now meet specific criteria.

It can be quite confusing, and passport validity requirements differ depending on which country you are visiting. If you travel, it is best to find out about the rules in the travel information from the Federal Foreign Office for the travel destination you have chosen. You can check this

Your airline or tour operator should also be able to advise you on the passport requirements you need to board a flight.

Countries have different rules when it comes to passport requirements


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To give you a helping hand, we’ve put one together Guide to Airline Passport Rules including easyJet, TUI, Jet2, British Airways and Ryanair (we’ve also included a list of popular holiday destinations and their current passport requirements, although you should always check the latest Foreign Office advice for updates).

If you need to renew your passport to meet the latest criteria, the home office has warned Brits there could be a delay of around 10 weeks before your document is issued.

Where can I go on holiday from the UK now?

Because the government is anticipating a need to catch up after the effects of the Covid pandemic. With travel restrictions preventing Britons from traveling abroad easily in recent years, some people have not renewed their passports or simply not checked that they are still valid.

It is estimated that over five million people have had their passport applications delayed in 2020 and 2021.

When you have booked a holiday you don’t want to risk not being able to arrive because you left it late. So check your passport now and give yourself a buffer.

Are confusing passport rules stopping you from booking a vacation? Let us know in the comments below. The UK passport warning as a Brexit rule could mean you are not allowed to board your flight

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