Brexit Update: Passport advice from ABTA

The Government has increased its communications activities about the possible implications of leaving the EU, with information and advice available for businesses and consumers at gov.uk/EUexit.

Given that the political situation is still uncertain, and there will be changes to passport validity requirements in the event of a no-deal, ABTA Members should contact customers who are due to travel immediately after 29 March 2019 encouraging them to check that their passport is valid, so that they have time to renew if necessary. You should also advise on any other actions they may need to take, such as pet passports or driving licences.

The UK government recommends that travellers going to the EU after 29 March 2019 have six months left on their passport, and is also advising that any extra months which have been added to a 10 year passport will not be valid.

The Passport Office has released a toolkit and customer Q&A to help travel companies make staff and customers aware about passport validity changes in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 29 March 2019, and the availability of the passport checker tool.

The Government is also running marketing campaigns to help make travellers aware about particular issues, including driving licences and pet passports.

 You may also like to read the previous report published in December 2018: Brexit Advice for Travellers (from ABTA)

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