Holidaymakers may be left baffled by the rule that came into force as a result of Brexit, with the UK Government and major airlines said to be offering conflicting advice
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Brits hoping to go abroad after two years of unpredictable Covid restrictions now have to check if a confusing passport rule will prevent them from travelling.
Holidaymakers may be left baffled by the rule that came into force as a result of Brexit and the UK Government, and major airlines are said to be offering conflicting advice.
When the UK was part of the European Union, you only needed to make sure your passport wasn’t expired to travel across the continent.
However, new rules as a result of Brexit say you need to see how long your passport has been valid, NorthWalesLive reports.
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The UK Government website states that UK citizens should have a passport with an expiry date “valid for at least three months after the day you plan to leave”.
However, ABTA warns how much time needs to be left on your passport depends on where you’re traveling to.
To add to the confusion, it appears that the required length of time left on your passport that allows you to travel also varies depending on which airline you are flying with.
Polices appear to differ between EasyJet, Ryanair and British Airways.
All countries will have their own rules concerning passport validity and expiration rules. Here’s a list of the most common ones:
Australia – Your passport should be valid for the duration of your stay.
Barbados – Your passport should be valid for the duration of your stay.
Canada – Your passport should be valid for the duration of your stay, but if you have less than six months of validity it may take longer to pass through immigration control.
China – Your passport should have at least six months of validity.
Egypt – Your passport should have at least six months of validity.
European Union – For most European countries, HM Passport Office recommend that on the day you travel you have at least three months left on your passport.
Those countries are:
Your passport must be machine-readable, with two blank pages for your visa and valid for a minimum of 180 days at the time of entry into India.
Japan – Your passport should be valid for the duration of your stay.
Mexico – Your passport should be valid for the duration of your stay.
New Zealand – Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of one month from the date of exit.
Singapore – Your passport should have at least six months of validity.
South Africa – Rules state that your passport should be valid for at least 30 days from the date of exit, but it’s recommended that you have at least six months on your passport before it expires. Your passport should also have at least two blank pages when you enter or leave South Africa.
Thailand – Your passport should have at least six months of validity.
Turkey – Your passport should have at least six months of validity.
USA – Your passport should be valid for the duration of your stay. However, your passport must be a biometric ePassport with the silver camera symbol on the front. There are also a number of other rules concerning entry to the USA, which you should check before travelling.
If your passport is due to expire, you may be denied entry into the country that you are visiting.
The Post Office website states: “While most countries such as Australia, Canada and the USA, just need your passport to be valid for the length of your stay, other countries such as China, Thailand, Egypt and Turkey need at least six months.
“You need to have at least six months left on an adult or child passport to travel to most countries in Europe (not including Ireland).
“In general, many countries that require a visa to enter will require at least six months validity on your passport when entering the country, so make sure you find out whether your passport has long enough before it expires before you travel.”
If you are flying with Ryanair, you need a valid passport to travel anywhere in the world.
If you’re traveling outside the European Economic Area, your passport must be valid for the period of intended stay except if you travel to Jordan, Turkey, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
If you hold a non-EU passport, like a British passport, and are traveling into a Schengen member country you must make sure your passport is valid for at least three months from the date you will leave the Schengen member country.
There is an exception if you have a Schengen-issued residence permit or long-term visa.
If you are flying with EasyJet on an international flight, you must hold either a valid EU/EEA/Swiss National Identity card or Passport, and, where required, a valid Visa.
The passport needs to be signed and in good condition and some countries require your passports need valid for a minimum of the period beyond your trip, usually three or six months.
For UK passport holders traveling to the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, your passport must have at least six months on it from the date of your departure.
Most European countries have a time frame of three months.
If you are flying with British Airways you need to have a passport or equivalent that will be valid for the duration of your trip. All children need their own passports, including infants under two years old.