If there is no deal

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If your passport has less six months to run, and you plan on holidaying in Europe after March 29th this year, consider applying for a replacement passport now.

Yesterday the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) sent out a mass of e-mails about what might happen should no deal be agreed between the UK and EU.

This advice suggests what travellers might experience and what they should prepare for after March 29th this year. It applies to all passport holders whose passports were issued by the UK, Gibraltar, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Jersey.

This advice relates only to Europe and not outside Europe so those holidaying or travelling elsewhere are unaffected.

It also doesn’t apply if you are travelling to the Republic of Ireland and it doesn’t apply to Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania. Why? Because those countries are not signatories to the Schengen Agreement.

Thus the advice applies only to those travelling to a Schengen state which is the majority of EU states. The Schengen Agreement allows people to move from one member to another member’s territory without having to undergo border checks. Once you pass the border controls in one state you can travel through all the others without having to be checked again. Switzerland – a non EU state – is also a member so the FCO advice applies to Switzerland as well.

Here is the quote direct from the FCO.

“After 29 March 2019:

  1. You should have at least 6 months left on your passport from your date of arrival. This applies to adult and child passports.
  2. 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.”

If you don’t have six months’ validity then apply for a new passport as soon as possible because there will be many people in a similar position. Processing all new replacement passport applications may well take a lot more time than usual and many os know how slow it can be to get a replacement passport as summer approaches.

UPDATE: 1st of February 2019

Yesterday evening the FCO sent out press releases warning people to remember to take out travel insurance for holidays and travel. In particular it reminded people to make sure their EHIC is valid. The European Health Insurance Card is valid at least until March 29th 2019. If there is no deal then you travel insurance will be of even greater imoortance so make sure that any travel insurance includes health provision cover. Check the FCO website for the country (ies) you are visiting well before you leave.

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