Reminder of Post-Brexit Passport Rules


Now that the UK is no longer in the European Union, British passport holders travelling to countries in the EU (except Ireland), as well as Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, are now subject to two main passport validity requirements, which are independent of each other.
Travellers must have a passport that:

1. Was issued less than 10 years before the date they enter the country.

2. Is valid for at least three months after the day they plan to leave.

Checking the date of issue is particularly important for anyone who had extra months added to their current passport when they last renewed, which means their passports could be up to 10 years and nine months old. These passengers need to take extra care that their passport meets the requirement of being less than 10 years old when they enter the EU.

ABTA has an online advice page ( which includes the following example of the rules in practice: a passenger entering the EU on 21 July 2023 and returning to the UK on 4 August 2023 would need to have a passport that was issued less than 10 years before 21 July 2023 and is valid for at least three months after 4 August 2023.

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