Passport warning as government announces new rules for 26 countries

THE government has updated their latest passport warning for Brits going on holiday to Europe.

With families heading abroad this week during the summer half-term, many are being warned to check the documents to avoid problems at the border.


New passport rules are in place, the government has warnedCredit: Getty

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) shared information about these changes alongside the British Embassy in Madrid, Spain, according to the Daily Record.

They have warned that families need to check their passport expiry dates, so they are no more than 10 years old, and with at least three months left on them.

The update, issued on October 14, warns: “The rules for travelling to European countries changed on January 1, 2021.

“British nationals can travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa.

“This applies if you travel as a tourist, to visit family or friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events, or for short-term studies or training.

“Check your passport is valid for travel before you book your trip, and renew your passport if you do not have enough time left on it.”

“Make sure your passport is valid for at least three months after the day you plan to leave Spain or any other Schengen country.”

This advice is in place for 26 of the countries in the Schengen area, which also includes France, Portugal, Greece and Italy.

Passports can also no longer be more than 10 months long, with previous rules allowing holders to roll up to an extra nine months from their old ones.

Those additional nine months are no longer valid.

The British Embassy also warns Brits that travelling through airports in Spain could also take longer as they must now go through non-EU queues.

They added: “At Spanish border control, it is likely you will need to use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queueing.”

They also warned Brits may also need proof of accommodation and a return ticket.

The British Embassy in Spain has also warned Brits to expect changes when travelling


The British Embassy in Spain has also warned Brits to expect changes when travellingCredit: Alamy
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