Warning to UK passport holders traveling to 26 countries as rules change


A warning has been sent to all UK passport holders due to a number of key changes.

People traveling abroad have been asked to check their passports so that they are not caught off guard when visiting 26 countries in the Schengen area.

The Schengen area covers most of the EU countries except the UK and Ireland.

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This means that passengers will go through an immigration checkpoint and have to show their passport.

The Daily Record reports that the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) shared information on these changes alongside the British Embassy in Madrid, Spain.

He advises people to have a valid passport before leaving the country to make sure their passport is no more than 10 years old and has at least three months left.

The embassy is also urging travelers to “take care” of their passports abroad, as getting a new one could take a long time.

The FCDO published the notice on October 14 and said: “The rules for traveling to European countries changed on January 1, 2021.

“British nationals can travel to Schengen area countries for up to 90 days out of any 180-day visa-free period.

“This applies if you are traveling as a tourist, to visit family or friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sporting events, or for short study or training. duration.

“Check that your passport is valid for travel before booking your trip and renew your passport if you do not have enough time.

“Make sure your passport is valid for at least three months after the day you plan to leave Spain or any other Schengen country.”

According to the embassy, ​​the queue at border control may be slightly different now that the UK is no longer part of the EU.

It says: “At Spanish border control you are likely to have to use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queuing.

“Your passport is usually stamped on entry and exit, unless you can prove that you are resident in Spain.

“You may also need to present: a return or suite ticket, sufficient money for your stay, proof of accommodation for your stay, for example, a confirmation of hotel reservation, proof of address if you are visiting your own property (eg a second home), or an invitation from your host or proof of address if you are staying with a third party, friends or family. “

Visitors are also advised to “take care” of their passport at all times and “obtaining a replacement is expensive and time consuming”.

He advises: “Remember to keep a photocopy or scanned copy of your passport in a safe place.

“If you lose your passport, you will need to apply for an emergency travel document online.”

Four key passport rules

  • Make sure your passport is no more than 10 years old.
  • Make sure you have at least three months left on your passport.
  • You cannot stay in the Schengen area for more than 90 days in a 180-day visa-free period.
  • Make sure to keep your passport secure at all times.

Complete list of the 26 Schengen countries

The UK is not part of the Schengen area.



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