UK Brexit has officially and finally happened, signaling some changes for the UK. Considering how important holidays are to UK citizens and how they will be affected? One major passport detail could possibly have travellers rejected from EU airport.
It appears Brexit has brought lots of welcome changes for the citizens who wanted and voted for the UK to exit the European Union (EU). That said, Brexit was a success but some uncertainty still looms as many people borders with how holidays and travel in the future will be affected by Brexit.
Britain left the European Union with a deal which means that changes are not set to take place quite as yet. Travellers are not expected to do anything in a hurry as the process and requirement will remain the same for the rest of 2020.
All valid passports will still be used, as usual, the cost of making calls, using the internet and sending text messages will remain the same, and coaches and trains from the UK to the continent will also not be affected.
But all of that will change in 2021, hence the government warned in its latest travel advice that new rules will start from next year and the UK government issued fresh guidance to the UK citizens today.
“Until 1 January 2021, you can continue to travel to Europe with your UK passport until it expires. New rules will apply for travel to Europe from 1 January 2021.
“You’ll need to have at least six months left on an adult or child passport to travel to most countries in Europe (not including Ireland). The government announced online on Thursday:
The EU’s idea of ‘six months left’ may not be the same with what is in the passport – and if passengers do not have enough time left until their passport’s expiry date they could face rejection from EU airports.
The government points out: “If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date.
“Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the six months needed.
“You’ll need to renew your passport before travelling if you do not have enough time left on your passport.”
The EU has very strict restrictions on passport validity for those coming in from outside the Union. Passports issued by non-EU member countries are deemed as expired after 10 years validity.
This poses a problem for certain Britons as, up until September 2018, the UK would take “unspent” time on a passport into consideration when renewing the document. That’s simply to say that passports could be issued that were valid for up to 10 years and nine months.
Since the UK is no longer part of the EU, member countries will not recognise those extra nine months on such documents, despite the UK passport’s expiry date remaining valid for the UK and other non-EU countries around the world.
The UK citizens travelling to the EU in 2021 with passports issued before September 2018 need to double-check they have sufficient validity to avoid being rejected at EU airport.
Although the same will not apply to those who hold passports that were issued after this date as the government subsequently ended the practice of nine month’s grace. However, they will still need to make sure they have at least six months left on their passport.