Following Brexit, British citizens are no longer recognised as EU nationals. This means that as a British citizen, you are now subject to various rules that could prevent you from travelling to and around Europe. This blog will highlight the issues to be aware of when travelling to the EU as a British citizen post-Brexit.
Three key tips key for travelling to the EU as a British citizen:
- Your passport must not have been issued more than 10 years before the date of travel;
- Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months after the date you intend to leave the EU; and
- If you wish to stay for more than 90 days in a 180-day period, you must apply for a visa (exceptions apply).
Under the current policy, British passports are issued with a maximum validity of 10 years; however, historically, you could add on the remaining time from a previous British passport upon renewal. Therefore, many people were being issued with British passports valid for more than 10 years. Individuals who hold passports that were issued more than 10 years ago but which remain valid are currently facing issues when trying to visit the EU.
If you are looking to travel to the EU this summer, we would advise that you:
- Check the date your passport was issued to ensure that it will be no more than 10 years old on your date of travel; and
- Apply to renew your passport before it has been valid for 9 years and 9 months (and in good time before you intend to travel to the EU).
Please remember that it is your responsibility to check the travel requirements and the validity of your identity documents!
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