With the big Brexit date looming, there are several things that are worth checking before 31 October – including, apparently, your passport.
The Home Office has reminded people holding a British passport to check the expiry dates, as the rules will be changing following Brexit (particularly if it is a ‘no deal’ Brexit). While previously your passport usually only had to be valid for the duration of your stay abroad in Europe, now all passports must have at least six months left on them in order to be valid.
So if your passport is set to expire before 1 May 2020, you’ll need to renew it if you plan to travel from 1 November 2019 onward.
Any extra months that have been added on a 10 year passport will not count towards the six months needed.
If you think you may be affected, it’s best to check the status of your passport to see if you have enough time on it for any planned travel. However, the chances are if you were one of many who needed to renew your passport before 1 November, you will already have been contacted to do so.
Those who signed up for their passport using their current mobile phone number will be sent text reminders if their passport will have less than six months on it after 1 November. In fact, it is estimated that one million text messages will be sent by the Home Office to remind those who need reminding.
However, it’s still worth double checking yours even if you have not received a text alert; your contact number and other details may have changed, meaning you have not been reached. You may not have even given your phone number when applying for your passport, either.
In short, it’s best to have a quick glance at your passport to make sure you don’t need to do anything. In addition, it’s worth heading over to gov.uk to take the short survey that will inform you if you need to do anything else before the Brexit deadline.