Foreign Office updates passport guidance after confusion

Friday, May 13, 2022 0

Following instances of travellers being denied boarding in error, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has clarified rules for travel to the European Union.

It has previously issued conflicting guidance for travellers which was at odds with EU entry rules.

It reiterates travellers must follow the Schengen area passport requirements if travelling to an EU country or other European nations including Switzerland and Norway.

That means validity of at least three months from the day of leaving.

It does not affect travel to Ireland.

The passport ‘must be issued less than 10 years before the date you enter.’

“You may need to renew your British passport before you travel if there’s not enough time left on it.”

The error was used by airlines including Ryanair and Easyjet as grounds for denying boarding

The FCDO advice had stated that ‘your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit’

This mistake was used by airlines including Ryanair to deny boarding for some travellers, scuppering their holidays.

The update states: “You must check your passport meets these requirements before you travel. If your passport was issued before 1 October 2018, extra months may have been added to its expiry date.”

“These added months will not be accepted as valid for entry to the EU.”

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