Brits urged to check passport expiry dates before heading to Spain and Portugal

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Brits urged to check passport expiry dates before heading to Spain and Portugal
Brits urged to check passport expiry dates before heading to Spain and Portugal

Brits heading to Europe this year should make sure their travel documents meet a series of post-Brexit requirements.

Since the UK left the bloc, travel to the 27 remaining member states has become a little trickier.

Those who are yet to apply for a new dark blue passport need to make sure that their papers are in order before heading to the airport, train station or ferry port.

For the majority of European countries, your passport : must be issued less than 10 years before the date you enter the country (check the 'date of issue'), and it must also be valid for at least three months after the day you plan to leave (check the 'expiry date').

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Many people have been caught out because their passports - while in date - don't meet the latter point.

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This has led them to be turned away at the departure gate, missing holidays and costing them huge amounts of money.

If you need to get a new passport ahead of a holiday this spring, then make sure to do so as soon as possible.

The Home Office currently recommends leaving at least ten weeks for your application to be returned.

The above rules apply to all EU members states including Spain, France, Portugal and Greece.

Other non-EU countries with the same rules include Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City.

If you are travelling to these Schengen countries without a visa, make sure your whole visit is within the 90-day limit.

Visits to nations within the previous 180 days before you travel count towards your 90 days.

The only exception to the rules for EU countries is Ireland.

Brits travelling from the UK don’t need a passport to visit the Emerald Isle, however Irish immigration officers will check the ID of all passengers arriving by air from the UK and may ask for proof of nationality, particularly if you were born outside the UK.

You may therefore be advised to take your British passport with you.

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You should always check the Foreign Office travel advice for a destination before booking and going on a trip abroad.

Milo Boyd

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