Jet2, one of the UK’s largest airlines, has apologized for mistakenly refusing to board passengers from Leeds Bradford Airport after following the wrong advice from the UK government.
However, the company’s post-Brexit actions have been reviewed after acting wrongly based on inaccurate government advice, TheSchengen.com reports.
EU member states require a passport to remain valid for at least three months after the date of return, but now that the UK is no longer part of the EU, the country’s government has inaccurately claimed in its gov.uk Brexit guide that travelers From the UK they now need at least six months of validity in their passport to be able to travel to Europe.
The European Union follows strict rules about the validity of passports for travelers arriving from a non-EU country. Passports issued by non-EU countries with a validity of ten years are considered expired by the EU authorities, even if, in this case, the British passport may have a longer validity period.
A couple from the UK who were supposed to fly from Yorkshire airport to Ibiza on Sunday were told during check-in that the Brexit changes meant their passports were no longer valid and they would not be allowed into Spain.
Their passports were issued on December 11, 2011, which means that their travel documents will expire next summer; However, the couple was refused travel, losing the same £2,600 plus the additional costs of pre-travel testing.
In keeping with the rules set by the Schengen area of third countries, of which the UK has decided itself to become, passports will expire on December 11, 2021. The couple was on a flight back to Leeds Bradford, on July 11 and undoubtedly met this requirement.
However, the government states that “you must leave at least six months on the passport of an adult or child to travel to most countries in Europe (except Ireland)”.
If this statement is correct, the couple will not be eligible to leave the UK. However, Jet2 has amended its decision, and now the couple will be traveling to Ibiza, with the company reimbursing them for the additional costs.
Jet2 also reached out to another couple who had mistakenly moved away from the same airport for vacation in Mallorca to rearrange their vacation.
“We can confirm that we follow entry requirements for certain destination countries, and we would like to sincerely apologize to customers affected by the misunderstanding caused by this discrepancy,” a Jet2 spokesperson said.
Since the end of the Brexit transition period, such errors have been irrelevant as only a few people were traveling outside the country amid the spread of OCVID-19. But now, with the borders starting to open again for travelers, vacationers are committing inaccurate information.
Previously, British media reported that ten European countries will allow entry to the country’s citizens who have been vaccinated with the Kovishield vaccine.