Foreign Office finally aligns with EU on passport validity for Europe

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The International Workplace has corrected its journey recommendation on passport validity for the EU to align with the European Fee and all the key airways.

It now displays the 2 exams that any British passport should cross for journey to the European Union and the broader Schengen Space.

The recommendation for Spain has been modified to inform UK travellers their passport should be:

  • Issued lower than 10 years earlier than the date you enter the nation (test the “date of challenge”)
  • Legitimate for at the very least three months after the day you propose to depart (test the “expiry date”)

Recommendation on France, Italy and different locations is anticipated to be up to date within the coming hours.

Beforehand the FCDO journey recommendation for nations within the European Union and Schengen Space included the deceptive assertion: “For some Schengen nations your passport might have to be lower than 10 years outdated throughout your entire go to, and the three months on the finish of your go to might have to be inside 10 years of your passport’s challenge date.”

The Impartial made its personal enquiries and obtained official affirmation correspondence from the European Fee final November.

On 10 November 2021, the correspondence was handed on to the International Workplace with a request “to make sure that all communications from the UK authorities recognise the right European Union place”.

A International Workplace spokesperson stated: “FCDO journey recommendation is stored beneath fixed evaluation to make sure British travellers are conscious of the dangers and have correct info to assist plan their journey.

“We welcome that the European Fee is now updating its steering with reference to their guidelines affecting some UK passports”

The ambivalence within the UK authorities place has brought about widespread confusion and misery.

It has additionally put additional strain on HM Passport Workplace, with many travellers searching for to resume passports that are completely legitimate for journey to Europe unnecessarily early.

Airways resembling easyJet and Ryanair beforehand used the International Workplace journey recommendation as grounds for denying boarding to passengers who have been completely entitled to journey.

All the key airways are actually aligned with the European Fee guidelines; Ryanair was the final to fall into line.

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