According to the customer rights group Which? millions of UK citizens could be barred from entering the EU in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

This is due to not having enough validity remaining on their passports before they expire, reports the Daily Mirror.

Friday is the final day before the scheduled exit date that you can renew your passport to comply with regulations, taking into account the time taken for standard renewal procedures to be completed.

According to Which?, nearly 3.5 million British citizens with a passport will fail to meet this condition.

Whether you are travelling on business or pleasure, visitors to Europe usually require at least six months left on their passport before expiry from the date they arrive in order to enter the EU.

Until recently, renewing your passport before it expires would normally give UK citizens up to nine months of the remaining validity added to your new one.

In the event of a no-deal Brexit however, the Government have warned that this time carried over will not count towards the six-month requirement,meaning that people with up to 15 months left on their passport could be denied entry on the continent.

According to Which?, this will leave almost 3.5 million Brits failing to meet this passport condition.

Rory Boland, the Editor of Which? Travel magazine, said: “Millions of people could find their holiday plans disrupted or, worse yet, find themselves stranded at the departure gate and prevented from travelling altogether if they fail to renew their passport before the cut-off date.

“Anyone who thinks they might be affected should look to renew their passport today or if you already have travel plans in the near future, consider using the fast-track passport renewal service.”

So if you are planning to travel to countries in Europe’s Schengen zone, which includes the likes of Spain, Italy, France and Germany, make sure you check your passport to make sue your trip is not disrupted.



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