Will I have to renew my passport after Brexit? Newest travel recommendation and updates – The Solar
Britain is preparing to leave the EU customs union and internal market on December 31st. The transition period for Brexit ends on January 1, 2021.
Here is everything you need to know about your passport, including whether or not you need to renew it.
The rules for passport validity are different now that the withdrawal agreement has been ratifiedCredit: Alamy
Do I need to renew my passport before I travel this year?
Britons do not need to renew their passport before traveling to Europe in 2020, as long as it is current.
However, the British are being asked to check their passports. Many are expected to have expired during the lockdown, with renewals taking much longer than usual.
Families should also not book holidays if their passport is out of date, as the number on the document will be different.
The current transition period runs until the end of the year, so British passports are not affected.
Both burgundy and blue passports are valid for travel as long as they are up to date, so you don’t have to change your burgundy passport.
What happens after the transition period?
The transition period will end on January 1, 2021, which means that new passport rules will apply.
After the transition period, Brits may need another 15 months for their documents. This means that you should check again whether you need a new passport before you travel.
Previously, Brits who renewed their passport before it expired could transfer up to nine months to their new passport – a new passport could therefore have a maximum validity of 10 years and nine months.
However, these additional nine months are not valid when traveling to the EU. As the British then need an additional six months for passports to be able to travel, an additional 15 months are required for the passport.
The rules of passport validity will not change when you visit IrelandCredit: Alamy
The UK Government explains: “You need to have at least another six months with an adult or child passport to travel to most of Europe (excluding Ireland).
“If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, additional months may have been added to the expiration date.
“Extra months on your passport over ten years may not count towards the six months required.”
Do I need to get a visa before traveling to Europe next year?
Brits do not need a visa to travel to European countries on vacation during or after the transition period.
However, you can only stay in Europe for a maximum of 90 days in a 180-day period.
If you are going to Europe to work or study, you will need to apply for the appropriate visa for the country.
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The British will no longer be able to use their EHICs after Brexit as they cover the basic service in EU countries.
Travel insurance is recommended for all holidays in Europe, especially after the transition period.
The UK is also suspending the traditional Burgundy pass for the blue version instead.