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Check the validity of your passport following a 'no deal' Brexit

Check your passport issue and expiry date

If you're planning to visit the Schengen Area after Brexit you should check:

  • the issue date of your adult passport and renew it in good time if it will be older than 9 years and 6 months. For example, if you are planning to travel to the Schengen Area on 12 April 2019, your passport should have an issue date on or after 21 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 12 April 2019 should have a passport with an expiry date on or after 21 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 12 April 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.

Brexit Date is Friday 12 April 2019

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