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Travel to Europe after Brexit

New passport rules for travel to Europe after Brexit. This rule applies if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. If you travel frequently to Europe for your international businesses then you would need to be aware of this new passport rule. Also, take a look at the guidance issued by Companies House on what to expect and how to deal with the transition for companies with EU connection if Brexit with no deal.

Generally, under this new rule, you would need to have at least 6 months left on your passport. This applies to an adult and a child passport.

Do check your passport before travelling. You may have to renew your passport if you plan to travel to Europe after Brexit and your passport is expiring in less than 6 months.

In some cases, you may require to apply for a new passport before travelling to the country that enforces this new passport rule. You may apply for your new passport online or by post. Ordinarily, new passport application takes about 3 weeks. However, Home Office provides fast track passport application service called to get a passport urgently that takes 1 week to get your passport and you must attend an interview for this application.

Do not book your travel unless your passport meets the destination country’s entry requirements.

European countries that adopt 6 months passport rules after brexit

The new passport rules apply to the following countries in Europe.

  • 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


The six months passport rule does not apply when you travel to Ireland after Brexit.

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