Passport advice post-Brexit

Many people are asking whether they can still use their burgundy-coloured passports following the UK’s departure from the EU.

At the time of writing these passports will remain valid up to their expiry date, according to the Government, although after the end of 2020, you may find that some EU countries may require compliance with additional national rules of entry, depending on agreements on countries’ future relationship with the UK.

In any case, you are likely to need to have at least six months left on your passport – regardless of whether you are a child or an adult – to travel to ‘most countries in Europe,’ not including Ireland.

The Government began issuing blue passports without the words ‘European Union’ towards the end of 2019.

There is some guidance on this Commons Library website:

It explains “There will be no difference for British citizens whether they are using a passport that includes the words European Union, or a passport that does not include the words European Union. Both designs will be equally valid for travel.”

Passport guidance on the Government’s own website says that up to 1 January 2021, you can continue to travel to Europe with your UK passport until it expires. New rules will apply for travel to Europe from 1 January 2021.

So it is worth keeping an eye out for updates as the year, and the negotiations, continues.