• zh-hans
  • tr
  • ru
  • fr
  • es
  • en
  • de
08 Nov 2018

UK gov. warns Britons to check their passports before traveling to EU in case of a no-deal Brexit

Travelling to the EU with a UK passport if there’s no Brexit dealAs March 29, 2019 approaches, after which date the UK will finally be out of the European Union, the British government has started warning Britons for all possible scenarios, including a no-deal Brexit.

The UK government has recently released a series of technical notices in a bid to prepare its citizens for a ‘no deal’ outcome, including a notice on UK passport holders traveling to the EU.

According to this notice, the UK government has been implementing a significant program of work to ensure the country would be ready in all scenarios, including a potential ‘no deal’ outcome.

If you’re a British citizen, as an EU national, you’re currently able to enter the Schengen area if you have a valid UK passport. There’s no requirement for British passports to have a minimum or a maximum validity period remaining when you enter or leave the Schengen area,” the notice reads explaining to Vritons how they have benefited from the EU membership in terms of travel to the EU member states.

However, the notice explains that upon March 29, 2019, all British passport holders will be listed as third-country nationals. Thus, their passports will need to meet some criteria as set by the EU states, which are:

  • Traveler’s passport must have been issued within the last ten years
  • Traveler’s passport must have a minimum of 3 months validity beyond planned stay in the Schengen zone

“If you plan to travel to the Schengen area after March 29, 2019, to avoid any possibility of your adult British passport not complying with the Schengen Border Code we suggest that you check the issue date and make sure your passport is no older than 9 years and 6 months on the day of travel,” the notice suggests.

In addition, the notice recommends to British travelers to EU member countries that are not part of the Schengen area, to check the entry requirements for those countries specifically.  It also explains that traveling to Ireland is regulated by the Common Travel Area arrangements, which are set to be maintained even after Brexit finally takes place.

These rules will also apply to British passport holders of the Crown Dependencies and Gibraltar, in case of a no-deal Brexit scenario.

British passports issued after 29 March 2019

As previously announced, the cover of the UK passport will be returning to blue after the UK leaves the European Union. However, the UK government informs its citizens that every passport printed after March 30, 2019 up until the introduction of the new passport design will be burgundy. These passports will not include the words “European Union” in the front cover.

The issuance of UK blue passports will start by late 2019. Whereas, all passports renewed between late 2019 and early 2020 will be either blue or burgundy British passports.

Latest from Schengen Visa News/Blog

[top]