Malta drops false post-Brexit passport rules for British travellers

Malta has eliminated deceptive statements about passport validity for British travellers from its authorities web site. The incorrect data, which had been in place for weeks on the overseas ministry pages, made the foundations on the validity of UK passports after Brexit appear way more draconian than they really are.

British passport holders visiting Malta and the remainder of the Schengen space (masking many of the EU plus Iceland, Norway and Switzerland), should meet two unbiased situations:

  • Subject date lower than 10 years earlier on day of entry.
  • Expiry date no less than three months forward on day of exit.

However the Maltese authorities bizarrely invented two situations of its personal: one claiming that “journey paperwork are thought of as legitimate for a most of 10 years by all EU immigration authorities”, and a second that “anybody travelling to Malta on a British passport requires a minimal of six months validity past the date of their departure from Malta”.

Neither of those assertions is right, and brought collectively they recommended anybody with a passport issued greater than 9 years and 6 months in the past could be refused entry to wherever within the Schengen space.

The authorities even offered a spurious instance, saying: “In case your doc was issued on 01/01/2013, the expiry date recognised when crossing the Maltese/Schengen border shall be 01/01/2023, regardless of whether or not your doc states a later expiry date.

“It’s important that the six months are inside the fastened 10-year validity interval and never past.”

The Unbiased made repeated requests for Maltese guidelines to be aligned with the precise European coverage. This has now occurred, with the earlier search consequence “Travelling to Malta on a British Passport – Malta International Affairs” resulting in a non-existent web page relatively than the deceptive statements.

It’s not believed that any British travellers have been wrongly turned away, however others might have been deterred from visiting by the unnecessarily harsh “guidelines”.

After selecting to turn into “third-country nationals”, UK guests at the moment are required to have proof of their return or onward journey plans, and to show that they’ve adequate technique of subsistence for the size of their keep.

Malta has lately eased its Covid journey restrictions. Guests aged 12 and above should present a detrimental PCR take a look at consequence in the event that they haven’t been totally vaccinated (with preliminary course accomplished lower than 270 days earlier, or a booster jab with no time restrict) or have a certificates of latest restoration.

In July 2021, Malta briefly turned away some British travellers who had been immunised towards Covid-19 with batch numbers of AstraZeneca vaccine that have been considered manufactured in India.

The proper guidelines for British passport holders travelling to the EU may be discovered right here.

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