U.K.: Brit holidaymakers need to follow new passport rules

Published on : Thursday, September 16, 2021

The passport warning as United Kingdom tour operators give Brits totally wrong advice, and holidaymakers could get thousands of pounds back.

A UK passport mistake could mean holidaymakers can claim thousands of pounds back if they were stopped from boarding a flight. There are two new rules which Brits must follow when it comes to their passport and when it expires.

Since the United Kingdom left the European Union, there have been two important changes to British passports.

These are:

Passports must have no more than 10 years of validity on them (any additional months are no longer included)

Passports must have at least three months left on them to travel to countries in the EU

In recent months, the UK passengers have been stopped from boarding their flights after their passports didn’t meet both of these new rules.

The government of United Kingdom stated that the three months holidaymakers need when leaving a country must be within 10 years of the passport issue date.

However, the European Union is still allowing Brits to have more than 10 years on their passport, with the previous rules allowing holders to roll up to nine months over from their old passport.

TUI has since said that they have “changed the policy accordingly” and that passengers won’t be stopped from boarding.

They said that following new information provided, we can confirm that we have now changed our policy accordingly. The customers will not be denied boarding on the basis that their passport needs to meet both conditions dependently.

And a government spokesperson said that the Schengen Borders Code “wasn’t clear” and that they made “no apology for taking a risk adverse approach”.

Brits who have been stopped from boarding their flight could get thousands of pounds back if they were stopped from boarding and lost their money.

The air passenger rights mean travellers can claim up to £350 if denied boarding, as well as a full refund of their flights – meaning potentially thousands of pounds. The government has also warned that Brits are waiting up to 10 weeks to get a new passport, up from the usual three.

The mobile reminders have been sent to Brits by the government, stating: “Reminder: It takes up to 10 weeks to get a new passport. Don’t leave it too late, renew now.”

This means that holidaymakers wanting to go away, but have to renew their passport, may have to wait until the end of November to get their documents back – ruining holiday plans.

TUI has since said that they have “changed the policy accordingly” and that passengers won’t be stopped from boarding.

They said that following new information provided, they can confirm that they have now changed their policy accordingly. Customers will not be denied boarding on the basis that their passport needs to meet both conditions dependently.

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