Guidance

Passport rules for travel to Europe after Brexit

Advice for British passport holders if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 31 October 2019, new rules will apply.

You should have at least 6 months left on an adult or child passport to travel to most countries in Europe (not including Ireland).

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 6 months needed.

You’ll need to renew your passport before travelling if you do not have enough time left on your passport.

List of countries affected

The new rules will apply for travel to and between most countries in Europe. These are:

  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Vatican City

Travel to other EU countries

The new rules do not apply when travelling to Ireland.

Applying for a new passport

If your passport doesn’t meet the new rules, you should apply for a new passport before travelling to the countries affected.

Do not book travel unless your passport meets the entry requirements of the country you’re travelling to.

Make sure you apply in plenty of time. If you need to, you can apply to get a passport urgently.

Published 13 September 2018
Last updated 12 April 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated guidance and link to checker tool
  2. Edited to make the link to the 'check your passport' tool more prominent
  3. First published.