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Home Office Wants Brits To Renew Passports Before November

Home Office Wants Brits To Renew Passports Before November

If you're planning an end of year hols, you might want to double check the expiry date on your passport.

The Home Office has issued a warning to Brits travelling to Europe after 31st October stating that passports need to be valid for at least six months thereafter.

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For example, if your passport expires on 1st May 2020, your passport is only valid to take away until 1st November 2019.

This means anyone with a passport due to expire before May 2020 and a November holiday planned needs to act fast.

Current rules state passports need only be valid for the length of your stay.

The government is now sending one million text messages to British passport holders warning them to renew them early to avoid disappointment a the check in gates.

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Only those who gave their phone numbers when applying for a passport will be text - so make sure you alert all of your friends, family, older relatives, and those who've recently got a new number on the vital info.

The government warn passports with extra months on over ten years may not count towards the six months needed. Passports may have extra months on it if the holder renewed their passport before it expired.

To check if you need to renew you passport, the government have created a free online checker.

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The new rules announced this week as part of the government's 'Get Ready For Brexit' campaign apply to anyone with a passport from the UK, Gibraltar, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Jersey.

A new passport costs £75.50 if you apply online and can take three weeks to arrive (and longer busy periods), so best not to leave it too late.

Other advice to people travelling to Europe after Brexit includes getting travel insurance so they are covered for healthcare, getting a health certificate for their pet and making sure they have the right driving documents.

Go, go, go!

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Topics: Life News, News

Ciara Sheppard

Ciara is a freelance journalist working for Tyla. After graduating from the University of Sussex, Ciara worked as a writer at GLAMOUR Magazine and later as the Assistant Editor of Yahoo Style UK.

 

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