Brits with red passport over 10 years old issued warning for holidays

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Brits who still have a red passport, or one with additional months added to the expiry date, have been issued a warning before they head on holidays this summer.

That's because many could find their documents are no longer valid, even if they still have months left on it.

Previously UK holidaymakers needed to have just three months left on their passport to travel to Europe.

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However, new rules introduced mean that most EU counties no longer accept the additional 10 months that some passports showed.

This means passports with any additional months on top of the 10 years total validity will not be accepted.

Blue passports have only been issued since 2020, so people with a navy document won't have to check their passport dates.

The government has updated its travel advice recently to explain that British passports will need a passport less than 10 years old to enter most EU countries.

The website states: “If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must follow the Schengen area passport requirements.

“Your passport must be:

“Issued less than 10 years before the date you enter the country (check the ‘date of issue’)

“Valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

“You must check your passport meets these requirements before you travel. If your passport was issued before 1 October 2018, extra months may have been added to its expiry date.”

Many Brits have also been warned to apply for a new passport with plenty of time to spare as the Passport Office is taking longer than usual to issue new documents.

The gov.uk website states: "Allow up to 10 weeks to receive your passport."

Earlier this year Dr Ana Tiganescu was made to wave her husband and son off at the check-in desk of her latest holiday – even thought there were six months left on her passport before it expired.

The University of Leeds scientist was looking forward to jetting off to Faro, Portugal, where she had family earlier this year.

But, at the check-in desk at Leeds Bradford Airport a member of Ryanair staff said she couldn’t board the flight.

While Ana’s passport still had six months left on it before it expired, she was barred from the flight and could not go on her week-long trip because of the 10 year rule.

Just last month a family were turned away at the airport due to new passport rules, meaning they have lost £2,000 after being unable to go on a holiday to Portugal.

Meg Gordon, her husband Andy and their 16-year-old twins Jasmine and Dylan arrived at Cornwall Airport Newquay for their summer break, only to find that Meg's passport fell foul of new post-Brexit rules.

Although her passport was still in date – it wasn't due to expire until April 2023 – it had been issued over 10 years before she travelled.

The family were escorted out of the airport and lost out on their holiday.

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