Issuance of British Passports With ‘Extra Validity’ Suspended By HM Passport Office
A fresh unexpected and unannounced modification in policy means that British passport holders will no longer be able to add up to nine months of additional validity on passports renewed before their expiration date.
Previously, a passport due to expire on 1 July 2019, for example, may well be renewed up to nine months before this i.e. on 1 October 2018 and HM Passport Office would have provided a new passport valid until 1 July 2029.
Under the latest rule, still, British passport owners will lose out on this ‘extra validity period’ and as previously stated, many individuals may (quite truly ) sense ‘short changed’. Essentially, British travellers may have difficulties when touring countries that requires a minimum validity period on passports and this may consequently affect future travel arrangements.
Discretely, HM Passport Office has informed that in the outcome that the UK leaves the EU with no arrangements, those with British passports travelling in the EU should:
Make sure that there is a minimum 6 months validity remaining on their passport from the date of arrival; and
Be mindful that if you renewed a 10-year adult passport before it expired, that those additional months included onto the passport’s expiry date will not be considered towards this 6 month validity.
British travelers are consequently informed to check the validity of their passports and whether they meet the terms with the new guidelines before doing travel arrangements. Moreover, vigilant thoughtfulness should be given with respect to the timing of renewing British passports.
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