Find out if you need to renew your passport before you travel to Europe and which countries the rules apply to.
If you or a family member are a UK national resident in an EU country or an EFTA country (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland), the changes to passport rules may not apply. Read further guidance on the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s ‘Living in’ guides.
How much time you need on your passport depends on the country you’re visiting. Check the travel advice for the country you want to travel to - read the entry requirements section.
If you’re travelling to Ireland, you can continue to use your passport as long as it’s valid for the length of your stay.
Countries this applies to
These rules apply for travel to and between most countries in Europe. These are:
- Czech Republic
- San Marino
- Vatican City
Do not book travel unless your passport meets the entry requirements of the country you’re travelling to.
Travel to other EU countries
These rules do not apply when travelling to Ireland.
Applying for a new passport
If your passport doesn’t meet these rules, you need to apply for a new passport before travelling to the countries affected.
Make sure you apply in plenty of time. If you need to, you can apply to get a passport urgently.