No deal Brexit may mean Brits with less than 15 months on passports can’t travel to Europe

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Brits with less than 15 months left on their passports may not be allowed to travel to Europe under a no-deal Brexit

  • The Foreign Office has issued travel advice saying passport rules may change
  • Brits whose passports expire before June 2020 might not be allowed into EU 
  • No deal may also mean Brits needing international driving permits in the EU 

Jennifer Newton for MailOnline

Brits with less than 15 months left on their passports might not be able to travel to Europe under a no-deal Brexit.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued travel advice saying passport validity rules may change from March 29 if Britain crashes out of the EU.

It could mean some tourists travelling to popular holiday hotspots such as France, Spain, Portugal and Italy could be banned from entering if their passport is due to expire before June 2020.

Brits with less than 15 months left on their passports might not be able to travel to Europe under a no-deal Brexit, the Foreign Office has warned

Brits with less than 15 months left on their passports might not be able to travel to Europe under a no-deal Brexit, the Foreign Office has warned

Brits with less than 15 months left on their passports might not be able to travel to Europe under a no-deal Brexit, the Foreign Office has warned

The FCO travel advice said: ‘If the UK leaves the European Union with no deal, the passport validity rules for travel to most countries in Europe will change from 29 March 2019.

‘Some passports with up to 15 months validity remaining may not be valid for travel.

‘Before booking travel, you should check that your passport will meet meet these new rules and find out whether you need to renew it.’


Meanwhile in the same FCO update, Brits were told that if they want to drive in the EU after a no-deal Brexit they may need to apply for International Driving Permits (IDP).

The type of permit varies between countries but can be obtained from Post Office branches in the UK, costing £5.50.

The FCO warning follows the sounding of alarm bells over the prospect of millions of plane tickets being cancelled if there is a no-deal Brexit.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said up to five million bookings were ‘at risk’ this year if there is no deal. 

That’s because the EU said that the number of flights to destinations on the continent will be kept at last year’s levels – yet the number of tickets issued has expanded dramatically since then. 

To make matters worse for passengers, they are being left groping in the dark about the matter, according to consumer watchdog Which?

It said the airline industry is ‘unwilling to give any information’ about the consequences of crashing out of the EU, and should be ‘more up front’.

Rory Boland, editor of Which? Travel told The Times: ‘The lack of warning for passengers is alarming.’

He said: ‘It is the job of airlines to tell passengers what is likely to happen. If they were more upfront it would give passengers the information they need to protect themselves.’ 

Gate Gourmet loads in-flight catering on to a Virgin Atlantic flight at Heathrow. The world's biggest caterer to the aviation industry is stockpiling frozen meals over fears a no-deal Brexit could leave flights without food

Gate Gourmet loads in-flight catering on to a Virgin Atlantic flight at Heathrow. The world's biggest caterer to the aviation industry is stockpiling frozen meals over fears a no-deal Brexit could leave flights without food

Gate Gourmet loads in-flight catering on to a Virgin Atlantic flight at Heathrow. The world’s biggest caterer to the aviation industry is stockpiling frozen meals over fears a no-deal Brexit could leave flights without food

Meanwhile, it has also been revealed that airline meals are being stockpiled by the world’s biggest caterer to the aviation industry over fears a no-deal Brexit could leave flights without food.

Gate Gourmet provides in-flight catering for 20 airlines in the UK, including British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and easyJet.

But as its frozen foods are brought into Britain from Europe, there are concerns that border disruption in the event of a no-deal Brexit could affect supplies to airlines and it is stockpiling items at a warehouse in Peterborough.

The threat of a no deal Brexit has been rising as Theresa May struggles to find a way through deadlock in Parliament. Her blueprint was resoundingly rejected by MPs in a historic vote last week.  


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