Don’t get caught out - UK passport holders
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 29 March 2019:
1. You should have 6 months left on your UK passport from your date of arrival. This applies to adult and child passports.
2. If you renewed a passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your new passport’s 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.
So, please check your passport and if you are affected, you should consider renewing your passport earlier than planned.
The affected (Schengen area) countries are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
The Foreign Office has also updated the travel advice for the European and EEA countries.
The addition of links to pages with latest updates for UK nationals travelling and living in Europe:
Safety and security section
Road travel: addition of a link to information on International Driving Permits if the UK leaves the EU without a deal; If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, you may need to get an International Driving Permit (IDP) to be able to drive in xxx and other EU/EEA countries as a visitor after 29 March 2019.
Entry requirements section
Passport validity: updated information on passport validity rules if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-brexit
Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay; you don’t need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this.
However, if the UK leaves the European Union with no deal, the passport validity rules for travel to most countries in Europe will change from 29 March 2019. Some passports with up to 15 months validity remaining may not be valid for travel. Before booking travel, you should check that your passport will meet these new rules and find out whether you need to renew it.
Czech Republic: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/czech-republic
The UK Government has launched a ‘Get Ready For Brexit’ campaign- further details can be found here.