Britons planning a summer holiday in Europe are advised to check that their passport complies with EU rules.
Two travelers said they were turned away from the gates because their documents did not meet requirements.
This is an issue made more urgent by delays in processing passport applications as travel demand picks up after the COVID-19[feminine] pandemic.
The government website states that passports must meet two requirements for those planning to visit an EU country (excluding Ireland).
- They must be less than 10 years old – from the date of issue – on the day you enter your destination
- They must remain valid for at least three months after your departure
For some countries in the Schengen travel area, however, your passport “may need to be less than 10 years old for the duration of your visit”, the advice warns.
And the three months following the end of your visit “may have to be within 10 years of the date your passport was issued”.
The Schengen area includes 26 EU countries which have abolished all passports and other border controls at each other’s borders.
While the UK government says it is “calling on the European Commission to clarify the 10-year rule”, guidance for “Schengen border guards may not be updated until spring 2022”.
A woman wrote on Facebook of her “crushing disappointment” after being “turned away from the gate for a flight to Tenerife due to a problem with my passport”.
It was nice that it didn’t expire “until March 2023”.
And Ian Glover, 66, a retired chartered surveyor, told how he was turned away from a check-in desk at East Midlands Airport on April 25 because his passport issue date was not not close enough to the end of his planned trip to Faro. in the Algarve.
He told Derbyshire Live: “They also want three months from when the issue date expires. That’s not specified at all.”
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