After March 29, passengers travelling to Europe will be subject to numerous changes as the UK leaves the European Union .
While it is uncertain exactly what deal will be struck, it has been made clear that a no-deal Brexit could be a possibility.
If a no-deal Brexit goes through, UK passport holders will need to have a minimum of sixth months left on their passport in order to visit much of Europe.
And with the March 2019 date of departure from the European Union drawing ever nearer, Brits are now being told to make sure passports in their final year of being valid are renewed as soon as possible to avoid the prospect of being barred.
The service is available on the Gov.uk website – here’s what you have to do.
- Enter the country you plan of visiting
- Enter the date you plan on travelling
- Input your date of birth
- Enter when your passport was issued
- And input when your passport expires
If there’s a no-deal Brexit, British passport holders will be considered ‘third country nationals’ within what’s called the Schengen area.
The Schengen area is made up of countries that have officially abolished border control at their mutual borders.
The Schengen zone includes Spain, France, Greece, Germany, Italy and Portugal – as well as Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland.