PASSPORT rules have changed since Brexit, with ABTA experts urging Britons to check their travel documents before boarding or risk being denied boarding. What do you need to know?
Britons are being urged to double-check their passport details before going on holiday after confusion caused problems for some holidaymakers since Brexit rules came into effect.
Recently, a mother named Shirelle was refused travel to Spain from Newcastle airport because her passport was not valid under the 10-year rule.
As Spain is one of the 26 countries that make up the Schengen area of free movement, passports must have been issued within the last 10 years on the date of arrival in the European Union (EU) and must be valid for at least three months from the date of return from the trip. This rule came into effect when the UK left the EU.
Now ABTA, the travel association, is urging Britons to double-check that their passports meet a list of specific requirements before booking their holidays.
Experts have warned that “one of the most important things you need to check is whether your passport will be valid for your travel dates”.
ATA said: “You can check the validity of your passport by looking at both the date of issue and the date of expiry.
“Countries require you to have a minimum amount of time in your passport.
“How long you have left on your passport depends on the country you are visiting, although it is often between three and six months.”