Is my British passport still valid after Brexit?
The United Kingdom officially left the European Union on January 31, 2020, and entered into a transition period that lasted until December 31, 2020. Therefore, if you hold a British passport, you are likely wondering if your passport is still valid after Brexit. The good news is that your British passport is still valid for travel to and from the European Union.
What is changing for UK passport holders?
Although your British passport is still valid for travel to and from the European Union, there are some changes that UK passport holders need to be aware of following Brexit:
- From January 1, 2021, UK passport holders will need to have at least six months remaining on their passport when traveling to the Schengen Area.
- UK passport holders will no longer be able to use the EU lanes when arriving in the EU.
- UK passport holders may need to show a return or onward ticket, as well as proof of sufficient funds for their stay, when entering the EU for tourism or business purposes.
What about travel to non-EU countries?
If you are planning to travel to a non-EU country, your British passport will still be valid. You may, however, need to apply for a visa or permit depending on the country and reason for travel.
Should I renew my passport?
If your British passport has expired or is due to expire soon, it is recommended that you renew it as soon as possible. This will ensure that you have a valid passport with at least six months validity if you plan to travel to the Schengen Area.
Your British passport is still a valid travel document after Brexit. However, there are some changes that UK passport holders need to be aware of when traveling to the European Union. It is recommended that you check the entry requirements for the country you plan to visit before traveling.