This document answers some key questions about changes to the UK passport validity rules in the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal in March 2019.
The UK government is working with partners in the travel and transport industry to make sure people who may be affected are aware of the new rules. It is an individual’s responsibility to make sure they have the correct documentation for travel, including a passport that complies with the validity rules of whichever country they are travelling to.
If you/your child’s passport does not meet the new rules on the day you plan to arrive in the Schengen area, after 29 March 2019, you should renew it. The easiest and cheapest way to renew your passport is online at: www.gov.uk/apply-renew-passport
There are no changes to entry requirements for countries outside the EU and the Schengen area as a result of exiting the EU. You should however continue to check the rules for each individual country you intend to visit, just as now.
UK government is working to make sure that affected passport holders are aware of the new rules and renew their passports in advance of travel if necessary. There is a risk that you could be refused entry if your passport does not comply with the new rules, if you are travelling after 29 March 2019 in a no deal scenario.
It is an individual’s responsibility to make sure they have the correct documentation for travel. The UK government is working to make sure people who may be affected are aware of the new rules.
Your travel insurer may assist or provide refund if you are unable to travel due to Brexit changes or requirements or denied entry within schengen countries. That will depend on the terms of individual insurance policies.
The Brexit Clause – Please Read:
- The list is not comprehensive and subject to change.
On 29 March 2017, the United Kingdom submitted notification of its intention to withdraw from the European Union pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (“Brexit”). There is great uncertainty about how this will affect the UK’s future relationship with the EU. In particular, Brexit may have a substantial adverse impact on our or our suppliers’ ability to perform your booking (“Brexit Event”). For instance, it may be that the airline operating the flight element of your booking will not be able to operate the flight because of the loss or restriction of air traffic or transit rights or the right of the airline to enter any airspace.
For customers who have yet to depart, our obligations to you under your booking are conditional upon there not being a Brexit Event. If, in our reasonable opinion, a Brexit Event has occurred, we will inform you as soon as possible in writing, upon which we will both be relieved of any further obligations in relation to the booking. If this happens, we will return to you any payments you have made in respect of your booking, which shall be the full extent of our obligations to you. We will not compensate you for a Brexit Event.
For customers who have already departed, paragraph [refer to post-departure clause] of these Booking Conditions shall apply to any Brexit Events concerning your holiday.
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the new rules would come into effect after 29 March 2019.
You can check your passport is valid for travel quickly and easily by visiting: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-brexit
Alternatively, check the expiry date of your passport – you should have at least 6 months remaining on your passport, not counting any additional months beyond 10 years. You may have extra months on your passport’s expiry date if you renewed your old passport before it expired.
Updated on 01 Feb 2019.