Brits looking to head off for a late summer holiday or winter sun break are being urged to check their passports as new Brexit rules coming into force could scupper holiday plans.
According to new entry requirements from the EU, people are having to meet stricter entry conditions on their passports.
Under new Brexit terms your passport must have been issued in the last 10 years to gain entry into Europe, which could leave many falling foul of the rules without realising.
This means even with 12 months left on a passport people could still be denied travel if the passport has passed the 10-year timeline since it was issued.
Those heading abroad, particularly families escaping for the half term break, are being reminded to check issue dates on passports before they travel.
It’s thought many may be unaware of the rules because of the travel situation with Covid has meant many had delayed holiday plans or cancelled them altogether this year.
Travel expert Simon Calder told BBC Radio 4: “It all goes back to Brexit.
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“If you remember before that when we were in the European Union all the way up to the transition period it was really straightforward,”
“If you had a British passport, you could go to the EU and stay in any of those countries up to and including the expiry date.
“But now, your passport has to meet two conditions which the European Union has long had in place for third countries, which is what we are now.”
Up until September 2018, people were given credit for unspent time when renewing their passports, typically up to 10 years and nine months according to the previous rules.
“So you could have a passport issued in 2011 that may not expire until 2022, but then the rule kicked in and for the EU any non-members passports are deemed to have expired after 10 years,” Simon added
From 4am Monday, October 4, the rules for international travel to England will change from the current red, amber, green traffic light system.
Instead there will be a single red list of countries and simplified travel measures for arrivals from the rest of the world.