Brits coming on holiday this summer advised to check passports are valid

  • Schengen Visa Info
  • 22-02-2024
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Brits coming on holiday this summer advised to check passports are valid

As summer approaches, UK citizens preparing for holidays in European Union countries, including the Canary Islands, are urged to meticulously verify their passport validity to avoid potential complications.

Schengen rules now dictate that passports of third-country nationals, including UK citizens post-Brexit, must remain valid for a minimum of three months beyond their departure from the EU. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in overstaying the visa-free limit and consequential legal consequences, as reported by

In addition to the three-month validity stipulation, British passports must be issued within the last ten years before entering the Schengen Area. Therefore, it is crucial for British travellers to double-check the date their passports were issued to ensure compliance.

Travellers are also advised to make sure their passport is stamped upon entering or exiting the Schengen zone. These stamps, examined by border control, play a crucial role in verifying whether people are adhering to the 90-day visa-free limit for short-term stays.

Although people think it is best to avoid them, without the stamps Border Control will look at the last one and act accordingly on that one with the assumption you have been in the country longer than you have, meaning more possible complications.

To provide evidence of compliance, previous boarding passes and tickets displaying entry or exit dates to and from the Schengen area can serve as proof, but the stamps are definitive.

Brits can enjoy a 90-day visa-free stay within a 180-day period in the Schengen Area, for purposes such as holidays, family visits, business meetings, short-term studies, or training. For extended stays or to work, UK citizens must apply for a long-stay visa, covering purposes like employment or study. Failure to obtain the necessary visa may lead to overstaying, resulting in penalties such as fines, temporary bans from entering the EU, and deportation.

According to VisaGuide.World, approximately 41 countries, including Schengen Area member states, mandate a three-month passport validity, while about 70 countries globally require a six-month validity beyond the departure date from the respective country, so make sure you check yours and get a new one before travelling!