Government Brexit Advice
Published on Wednesday, January 09, 2019
The rules for travel to most countries in Europe will change if the UK leaves the European Union (EU) with no deal.
The government has increased planning for a no deal EU Exit and is asking citizens to make sure they are also prepared.
UK passport holders should therefore check their passport to see whether it is valid for travel after 29 March 2019.
After the 29th March 2019 UK citizens should have six months left on their UK passport from the day of arrival, applicable to adult and child passports. If a passport had been renewed before its expiry date, extra months may have been added to the new passports expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the 6 months that should be remaining for travel to most countries in Europe. The new rules will apply to passports issued by the UK, Gibraltar, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Jersey.Currently, UK passport holders can travel to all EU countries as long as they have enough remaining validity to cover the length of their stay, so it’s important to be aware of the above changes in a ‘no deal’ Brexit.
For example, UK residents wanting to travel on March 30 – the day after the UK is due to leave the EU if there is no deal – must have a passport issued on or after October 1, 2009.Go back to blog posts