Passport Control in a "No Deal" Brexit scenario.

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Planning this year’s 2019 annual summer holiday or short break could come with some additional strings attached when travelling to parts of Europe. The whole, are we staying or are we leaving Europe conversation is for most, just a saga now and one we’ve probably heard enough off.

However, UK citizens with British passports shouldn't ignore official information coming out that could impact us as individuals and our families when considering this year's travel arrangements to parts of Europe.

The HM Passport office has now advised, if you’re planning to travel to a Schengen area European country on or after March 29th 2019, you will need to have at least six months remaining on your passport on your date of arrival.

So in other words, if your passport will be 9 years and 6 months old on your date of travel, you will need to renew it in advance. These conditions apply to all adult and child passports.

Give yourself plenty of time to plan and prepare if this situation should arise. It's worth remembering that this scenario might cause a spike in early passport renewals and therefore extra time should be planned in before your travel dates. 

HM Passport Office has made a tool available to allow you to check to ensure your passport will be valid for your journey – Check Now. You will need details from your passport to enter on to the web tool to carry out the check, which takes a minute or two to complete.

The new rules do not affect your travel plans to Ireland.

Those countries that will impose the new rules are in the Schengen area and are as follows:

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                 Switzerland

Other European countries that are not in the Schengen area are: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania and may have their own entry requirements which you should check prior to booking and travelling. You can check the entry status here.

Official and up to date advice can be found here at HM Passport Office

You may also be interested in - Safe Travels - European Health Insurance Card 


Information in this article was accurate on January 8th 2019 and should be used for guidance only. Public information is constantly changing and therefore, no responsibility will be accepted for any changes to this information that may take place.

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