Travel preparations April 21, 2022 3:20 pm

For some of us, it has been a while since we last travelled, and whilst we might need a reminder of how much liquid we can carry, what we can bring back, or what the Covid regulations are, did you know that there are now new rules to contend with, following the UK leaving the EU?

To avoid being turned back at customs, it is very important is that you check the validity of your passport before travel.

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Contact your travel provider or embassy of the country you are visiting if you think that your passport does not meet both these requirements. Renew your passport if you need to. Further information can be found on the government website here.