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BREXIT latest: UK passports in the event of a 'No Deal' EU Exit

Published on: 10 January 2019


With 2019 set to be another busy year of boat shows and events, British Marine members should be aware of what a ‘No Deal exit from the EU could mean for travel plans.

The rules for travel to most countries in Europe* will change if the UK leaves the European Union (EU) with no deal. The government has increased planning for a no deal EU Exit and is asking citizens to make sure they are also prepared.

After 29 March 2019:
  1. You should have six months left on your UK passport from your date of arrival. This applies to adult and child passports
  2. If you renewed a passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your new passport’s expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the six months that should be remaining for travel to most countries in Europe. The new rules will apply to passports issued by the UK, Gibraltar, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Jersey 
For example, if a UK passport holder wants to travel on 30 March 2019 – the day after the UK is due to leave the EU without a deal - their passport must have been issued on or after 1 October 2009.

The new rules will apply to passports issued by the UK, Gibraltar, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Jersey.

Please check your passport and if you are affected, you should consider renewing your passport earlier than planned.

*The affected (Schengen area) countries are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

More information on all British Marine’s work to date on the EU exit negotiations, along with a range of guidance documents, is available to members on the British Marine website.