Passport Renewal – Don’t Get Caught Out
There have been changes to passport validity following Brexit. So for example on a 10-year passport issued on the 22nd March 2012, it will expire on the 22nd March 2022.
The validity shown will actually show a longer date, for example, mine ran through to December 2022 but this is no longer authorised if you are travelling to an EU country. I effectively lost 9 months plus of my passport validity.
Also, keep in mind most EU countries now require you to have at least 3 months validity after your planned return date.
If you are travelling to a non-EU country your passport will be valid until the extension date shown, however, virtually every relevant country requires a minimum of 6 months validity from your planned return date.
As my travels are both to the EU and long-distance, I have decided it is time to renew.
Even though the passport office say they can cope with demand at the moment I have still been told to expect at least 4 /6 weeks for a new passport to arrive. As travel demand increases the longer it will take unless you want to pay extra for fast-track which might require an in-person appointment at the passport office. Remember to ask for your old passport to be returned to you and carry this with you as there might need to refer to previous dates of entry and any applicable visas
Check https://www.gov.uk/check-a-passport-travel-europe as this gives you information.
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