News outlets are reporting that up to 3,500,000 valid passports in the UK could be rendered useless in the result of a no deal Brexit.
The Government has said some passports with as much as 15 months of validity left will not be accepted for travel in the Schengen Area if the UK plummets out of the EU without an agreement. All travellers will need at least six months remaining on their passports to enter most of the EU, but that would be measured at nine-and-a-half years from when it was issued. Consumer group Which? said the Home Office estimates this could affect 3.5 million Britons if they do not renew their passports early.
Which?’s travel editor, Rory Boland, told reporters: ‘People will be shocked to hear that they could be turned away at airports and prevented from going on holiday – even when their passport is valid for another 15 months. ‘As this potentially affects the travel arrangements of millions of people, the Government and travel companies must urgently up their efforts to ensure holidaymakers have clear and accurate information – so that no-one is left stranded at the departure gate.’