Thousands of UK citizens have canceled plans to travel to EU countries for months now, after the UK Home Office itself informed them that their children’s passports needed to travel to the EU were valid.
Since 1 January 2021, all UK citizens are considered to be citizens of other countries in the EU and, as such, have to comply with different entry rules when traveling to the EU than before.
One of the main rules for entering the European Union as a British citizen is now to have a passport that is valid according to the rules of the European Union. For a passport to be valid, it must meet the following criteria:
It must have been issued within the last ten years, on the date on which the traveler intends to leave the European Union. Must have at least three more months of validity on the day the traveler plans to leave the European Union Recommended: The traveler must avoid traveling to the European Union with a passport that has a validity of less than six months, on the same day he appears at a port of entry European Union
These rules are often misunderstood and confusing to many.
To make it easier for UK citizens, as well as for citizens of other third countries, VisaGuide.World has created a tool that enables one to check if their passport has sufficient validity to travel to the European Union in three simple steps.
The traveler only needs to specify the expiration date of his passport and the date of the planned trip to the EU and back to the UK.
The validator will then generate three different answers:
You can travel to the European Union with your current passport Travel to Europe is not recommended *You need to renew your passport before traveling to the European Union
* The reason for the second answer is that EU border guards sometimes refuse entry to travelers who have less than six months of validity in their passports at the time of their entry into the EU if they suspect that the traveler will not leave the EU on the date they are in. They claim they will.
That is why, in order to avoid such a thing from happening, it is better to refrain from traveling to the European Union with an invalid passport for at least another six months.
Thousands of UK citizens affected by flawed EU passport checker
Soon after the UK became a non-EU country, in an effort to make it easier to check their passports’ compliance with EU entry rules, the UK Home Office created a passport checker.
However, the auditor told thousands of travelers that their children’s passports were unfit for travel, when in fact they were.
“Passports issued in the UK before Brexit are sometimes valid for longer than ten years if renewed before the previous passport expires. All children’s passports are issued with a five-year validity, but additional months are also added if Renew them before the previous passport expires,” VisaGuide.World notes.
He also explains that when the checker was created, it was set up in such a way that the extra months were removed from adult passports, as well as extra months from children’s passports, although the latter were valid because they were shorter than ten years valid in total.
SchegenVisaInfo.com previously reported that Jet2, one of the UK’s largest airlines, erroneously refused a flight to a UK couple who were supposed to fly from Yorkshire Airport to the Spanish city of Ibiza.
Their passports were issued on December 11, 2011, and as such, they met the 10-year date of December 11, 2021. This means that the couple can travel to the European Union if they plan to return before August 11, 2021.
Jet2, whose officials thought the six-month validity period was a requirement rather than just a recommendation, has since apologized for the error.