UK PASSPORTS MIGHT NEED TO BE RENEWED TO GO TO EUROPE
Over 3 million British Citizen may necessitate to renew their passports, if they desire to visit some European Union countries. It all depends on what happens with the Brexit.
Presently, when British nationals renew their passports, they are permitted to carry forward almost nine months of their outstanding validity. So if anyone had nine months remaining on their passport and renewed it, their latest passport will be acceptable for 10 years and nine months.
On the other hand, if the United Kingdom leaves Europe with no deal the remainder validity will be disregarded for tourists desiring to stop at countries in the Schengen Area, which includes 26 countries, together with Spain, Italy & France.
To arrive in countries in the Schengen Area, non-EU passengers are obligated to have a minimum of six months validity remaining on their passports.
If the United Kingdom departs the European Union with no deal on 29 March, then some nationals with up to 15 months of validity left on their passport will not be permitted access to the Schengen Area – for the reasons that if 9 months of that validity was carried forward, it will be cancelled and they will drop under minimum validity of six months only.
As per consumer rights group, the Home Office spokesperson has stated that approximately over 3.5 million United Kingdom passports will not meet the requisites in the end result of a no-deal Brexit.
So if you are one of these doomed individual, you may be required to deal with your passport renewal as soon as possible if you’re successful in receiving your passport in time for a possible no-deal Brexit, as the typical renewal system may take up to three weeks – and you can expect their office may be busier than usual too.
A Home Office spokesperson said: “If there is a no deal Brexit, new regulations will be applied when journeying on a British passport to other European nations and some individuals may be required to renew their passport before time.
“If your passport is not according to the new regulations, you must apply for a new passport prior to travelling to the nations involved. You can use the Government’s online passport checker to inspect a passport for journey to European Countries. We advise that you renew your passport beforehand ahead of your journey date.
“In January we introduced our current movement to notify the community of these new rules & regulations, and we carry on working with associates in the travel and transport trades to enlighten the individuals with reservations after 29 March 2019.”
If you don’t succeed to acquire your passport renewal, then there are some faster (and more costly) routes.
There is a paper and an online premium facility accessible for £177, which needs you to reserve and appointment to collect your new passport. On the other hand, there is an accelerated facility that charges £142 for adults and £122 for children.
And if you’re not certain whether or not your holiday spot is in this upsetting Schengen Area, here is the thorough list of 26 countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.