British passports have nine months more than the usual ten years (Picture: Getty Images)
Millions of Brits may have to renew their passports if they want to enter the EU after Brexit.
Brits will not need visas for short tourism trips, but will be required to have at least six months left before their passport expires for it to be considered valid. With six months or more, they will be able to enter the EU and other countries in the Schengen free movement zone.
However, if a passport has previously been renewed before it expired, extra months may have been added, with the UK’s maximum validity period being 10 years and 9 months. The EU will not include any months past 10 years when determining if a passport is valid.
This could mean some Brits trying to travel in spring could be denied entry if their passports expire in summer 2021, or even at the start of 2022.
Aside from passport issues, British travellers will also be delayed by other new elements including having to queue with other non-EU nationals at borders. They could also be required to show their return tickets and prove they have enough money for their stay.
Although Brits will not need visas for short tourism, they will only be allowed 90 days in any six-month period, posing issues for Brits who own holiday homes in Europe.
Applying for new passports has been delayed this year after the UK Passport Office has discontinued any face-to-face consultations due to coronavirus restrictions.
New rules are also expected to be introduced for pets, with owners soon required to have a vet’s certificate showing all vaccinations are up to date. Pet passports, which previously allowed travel throughout the EU, will no longer be accepted.
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