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Validity of your passport following a 'no deal' Brexit

When the UK leaves the EU there will be new rules for British and Jersey passport holders travelling to the Schengen area of the EU. For a list of countries included in the Schengen area, see below.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal the following rules will apply from Saturday 30 March 2019.

Before Saturday 30 March 2019

As a British Citizen you are currently able to enter the Schengen Area if you have a valid passport.

There is at present no requirement for British passports to have a minimum or maximum validity remaining when you enter or leave the Schengen Area.

From Saturday 30 March 2019

From 30 March 2019 if you are a British passport holder (including those passports issued by the Jersey Passport Office), you will be considered a third country national under the Schengen Border Code and will therefore need to comply with different rules to enter and travel around the Schengen Area.

According to the Schengen Border Code, third country passports must:

  • have been issued within the last 10 years on the date of arrival in a Schengen country
  • have at least three months validity remaining on the date of intended departure from the last country visited in the Schengen Area. Because third country nationals can remain in the Schengen Area for 90 days, the actual check carried out could be that the passport has at least 6 months validity remaining on the date of arrival.

Check your passport issue and expiry date

If you're planning to visit the Schengen Area from Saturday 30 March 2019 to avoid any possibility of your passport not complying with the Schengen Border Code you should check:

  • the issue date of your adult passport and renew it in good time if it will be older than nine years and six months. For example, if you are planning to travel to the Schengen Area on 30 March 2019, your passport should have an issue date on or after 1 October 2009
  • check your child’s passport has at least six months validity left before the expiry date on the day of travel. For example, a child planning to travel to the Schengen Area on 30 March 2019 should have a passport with an expiry date on or after 01 October 2019.

If your passport does not meet the criteria, you may be denied entry to any of the Schengen area countries. We recommend you consider applying for your new passport soon to avoid any delay, as the Passport Office will get busy, especially in the spring.

For more information see the Schengen Border Code on the European Union Law website.

Passports with validity over 10 years

Since 2001, some adult British passports were issued with a validity longer than 10 years. This is because if you renewed your passport before it expired you were allowed to have the time left on your old passport added to your new passport. The maximum validity period possible was 10 years and 9 months. This means that you can't use the expiry date to check if your adult passport will be valid under the new Schengen Border Rules.

From 10 September 2018 extra validity is no longer added to British passports and the maximum validity for a new adult British passport will be 10 years, and for a child passport it will be five years. This change has been made to follow recommendations set out by the International Civil Aviation Organisation and to help provide clarity about passport validity in the future.

Passport renewal date calculator

This calculator will help you work out if your British passport will be valid for travel to the Schengen countries following Brexit on Friday 29 March 2019 in a 'no deal' scenario.

The calculator is only valid for British passports. If you have a passport or Visa issued from another country, contact the relative embassy to check if it will be valid.

Enter the date that your passport was issued

Enter the date your passport expires

Travel before Saturday 30 March 2019

If you are travelling to or leaving from the Schengen area before Saturday 30 March, there is no current requirement for British passport holders to have minimum or maximum validity remaining.

Schengen area

Countries within the Schengen area includes:

  • 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
  • Switzerland

For travel to countries in the EU but not in the Schengen area (Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia and Cyprus) you will need to check the entry requirements for that country before you travel.

Travel to Ireland is subject to separate Common Travel Area arrangements which will be maintained after the UK leaves the EU.

Renew your passport

You can renew a passport at any time. Don’t wait until you need to travel. If you need to renew your passport you should consider applying for your new passport as soon as possible.

If you have any concerns about the validity of your passport for travel into the Schengen area, contact the Passport Office.

Apply or renew a child passport

Renew an adult passport

Apply for a new adult passport

Technical notices

For further information read our technical notices.

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