Passport rules for travel to Europe after Brexit

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Passport rules for travel to Europe after Brexit

The UK Government has issued advice for British passport holders if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Before booking your travel please double-check your passport meets the new rules that apply if the UK leaves the EU without a deal after 29 March 2019.

Rules for passports.

The rules for travel to most countries in Europe change if the UK leaves the European Union (EU) with no deal.

After 29 March 2019:

  • You should have at least 6 months left on your passport from your date of arrival. This applies to adult and child passports.
  • 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 6 months that should be remaining for travel to most countries in Europe.

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

List of countries affected

The new rules will apply for travel to and between countries in the Schengen area. These 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
  • Switzerland

Please note: The new rules do not apply when travelling to Ireland.

Check your passport

The Government have also released an online tool that allows you to check the validity of your passport for European travel. The tool can be accessed via: If your passport doesn’t meet the new rules, you should apply for a new passport before travelling to the countries affected.

Next Steps

If you require any assistance or further information on this or any other aspect of your company's business travel please contact your Travel Counsellor. If you don't yet have a Travel Counsellor, please get in touch via the form below.

Give us a call on +44 (0) 161 464 5350 or fill in the form below and let us call you back.