Passports : An unannounced policy change on passport renewals could hit millions of travellers across the UK – and stop them going abroad.
The warning applies to anyone whose passport is in its last year and who hopes to travel to the EU after Brexit
BRITS should renew their passports as soon as possible if they’re in their last year – or risk being unable to travel to Europe, the Government said today.
If we end up quitting the EU without a deal, more than 2million British passports are likely to be useless on the continent.
Ministers today published documents confirming that in a No Deal scenario, British people will need to have a passport which is valid for at least six months if they want to visit the EU.
And they urged anyone who might be affected to act quickly – because there is likely to be a massive rush of Brits trying to renew their documents.
The revelation came in a dossier of 28 contingency notices designed to show the Government is prepared for the potential collapse of talks with Brussels.
The documents show:
*Brits would need to buy a new £5.50 “international driving permit” if they want to drive in the EU*
*Ministers have hatched a deal with mobile firms to ensure they don’t reintroduce huge roaming fees
*Exporters may need to get a new licence to sell their goods to Europe
*The UK will get less warning of dangerous asteroid strikes
*Irish citizens will be able to settle in Britain regardless of whether we have a Brexit deal and travel between the UK and Ireland will remain entirely open
*Post-Brexit new blue passports will be rolled out late next year
The documents state: “If you plan to travel to the Schengen area after 29 March 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.
“For example, if you’re planning to travel to the Schengen area on 30 March 2019, your passport should have an issue date on or after 1 October 2009.
“If your passport does not meet these criteria, you may be denied entry to any of the Schengen area countries, and you should renew your passport before you travel.”
These same rules apply to both adult and children’s passports – and the government recommends renewing as soon as possible as the passport issuing service “can get busy”.
The Schengen zone includes Brit holiday faves such as Spain, France, Greece, Germany, Italy and Portugal – as well as Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland.
This is one of the many ways a no deal Brexit would negatively affect lives according to these new documents, including price hikes for products like medicines and perfumes, heartbroken families being torn apart and expensive data roaming charges.
The government also warns Brits could have problems hiring rental cars in the EU in the event of a no-deal Brexit – as our driving licenses may no longer be valid.
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Source : https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7248162/brexit-no-deal-theresa-may-dominic-raab/
Source : https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/you-should-renew-your-passport-13239167