DFDS Ferries imposes ‘nine years, nine months’ passport rule despite EU evidence to the contrary

Days after the International Workplace and all main airways and vacation firms aligned with European Fee guidelines on British passport validity, a number one ferry agency is sustaining its personal, far more stringent model.

DFDS Ferries is telling UK passengers to France and the Netherlands: “The passport shouldn’t be greater than 9 years, 9 months by the point you depart EU.”

There is no such thing as a such European rule. British passport holders travelling to the European Union and wider Schengen space – together with Iceland, Norway and Switzerland – should meet two exams.

  • Passport issued lower than 10 years earlier than day of arrival in EU.
  • Passport expiry date at the very least three months from meant day of departure from EU.

For instance, a UK passport issued on 1 June 2012 and legitimate to 1 December 2022 can be utilized for outbound journey as much as 31 Might. The traveller can keep within the EU as much as 90 days, ie late August, much less any time spent within the zone within the earlier 90 days.

DFDS sails from Dover to Calais and Dunkirk and from Newhaven to Dieppe in northern France, in addition to from Newcastle to Amsterdam.

A DFDS spokesperson advised The Unbiased: “The data offered to passengers is an amalgamation of the 2 statements that passports must be underneath 10 years outdated on the day of entry to the EU and that they need to have at the very least three months validity remaining upon the day of leaving the EU – therefore the passport must be not more than 9 years and 9 months on the day that passengers depart the EU.“

Main client lawyer Gary Rycroft says: “Denying a passenger boarding by saying their passport isn’t legitimate, when it’s actually completely legitimate, is illegal.

“Searching for to depend on such a clause is illegal and it’s a well-established precept in legislation that any contractual time period that’s illegal might merely be severed, that’s chopped out of the contract as if it was by no means there.“

The DFDS spokesperson says: “Our recommendation to passengers follows UK authorities steerage and is up to date as and when this adjustments.”

Rival agency P&O Ferries offers correct data for its passengers.

Stena Line contains the assertion: “You might be required to have at the very least six months validity remaining in your passport for outward journey .” This has by no means been a requirement for Europe, and The Unbiased has requested the corporate to right its assertion.

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