Brexit update – Important information for customers from ABTA

Further to the operational bulletins advising that the Government is increasing its communications about the possible implications of leaving the EU, the Foreign and Commonwealth office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for all European and EEA countries with information and advice for British Nationals travelling to or living in an EU country.

The following FCO update is concerning updated information in relation to passport validity.

For the purpose of this bulletin, ABTA has used the advice included within the Austria FCO travel advice. Please use the specific country links below to check the details for the areas that you feature as the rules may be different.

Europe and EEA Countries FCO Travel advice updates:

The FCO has updated the travel advice for the European and EEA countries.

Entry requirements section (Passport validity) – updated information and link to HM Passport Office tool to check passport validity for travel to Europe if the UK leaves the EU with no deal

Entry requirements

Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay; you do not need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this.

If the UK leaves the EU with no deal, the rules for travel to most countries in Europe will change from 29 March 2019. If your adult passport was issued over 9 years ago, you may be affected. You should use this tool to check your passport is still valid for your trip before booking travel.

Adult and child passports should have at least 6 months’ validity remaining on your date of travel. If you renewed your passport early, extra months would have been added to your new passport. Any extra months on an adult passport will not count towards the validity requirement, so some passport holders will need to have more than 6 months remaining in order to travel.

You can check your passport here.

Advice for Customers

Advice and information for customers regarding Brexit is available on

You may also like to read the previous Brexit Bulletins published by ABTA: Brexit: Advice for Travellers (from ABTA)Brexit Update: Passport advice from ABTAAdvice on School trips from The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA)



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