Passport warning: Brit loses £2,600 holiday due to ‘little-known’ expiry rule

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New expiry rules for UK passports left one holidaymaker out of pocket after she was unable to travel. The woman, from Redcar, said she was left “absolutely gutted” after she was told her passport was not valid – despite its expert date not being until May 2022.

The 67-year-old was due to jet off on a last-minute holiday to Tenerife, which she had only booked the day before.

However, when she went to collect her tickets, an agent explained her passport was invalid due to the new European Union (EU) travel rules in place since Brexit.

“I was aware that my passport expired in May 2022,” the woman told Teesside Live.

“I had the extra six months.

“I’d even put a note in my diary, so I was well aware of the expiry date.

“She said ‘you haven’t got enough on your passport’.

“I said ‘of course I have’.

“She told me not many people know about it, but the rules have changed.”

The agent explained to the holidaymaker that the expiry date on the passport is not what is used anymore.

“The date now used is the issue date plus 10 years and should have six months remaining,” she explained.

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“When you used to renew it previously, they would add the extra months on.

“Now they say you have ten years from the issue date.”

As a result, the woman lost out on her holiday and had to fork out an additional £150 for a name change.

The unnamed woman is now urging other hopeful holidaymakers to double-check their travel documents.

“Look at your passport, you’ll see the expiry date – but then look at the issue date,” she explained.

“In my case, the issue date was September 15, 2011.

“Add ten years on – and it took me to September 15, 2021, which meant there wasn’t enough time left on my passport.

“Ignore the expiry date on your passport, that doesn’t count anymore.

“Just look at the issue date.”

According to the Government website: “We recommend that on the day you travel you have at least six months left on your passport.

“This allows for travelling in Europe for up to three months and the requirement from most European countries to have at least three months left on your passport on the day after you leave.

“Your passport must also be less than 10 years old on the day after you leave. If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date.

“Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the minimum period needed.”

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