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Passport Requirements After Brexit

Since the UK left the European Union (EU) on January 1, 2021, there have been changes to travel requirements for UK passport holders.

When traveling to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, UK passport holders need to have:

  1. A passport that is less than 10 years old, with at least 6 months left on it from the date of entry.
  2. A visa or visa exemption. UK passport holders can visit the EU for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa, but they may need a visa for longer stays or for certain types of travel (such as work or study).
  3. Travel insurance with health coverage. UK citizens should ensure they have adequate travel insurance when visiting the EU, as their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is no longer valid.

Additionally, UK passport holders traveling to some countries outside of the EU may require a visa, even if they did not need one before Brexit. It is always a good idea to check the entry requirements of your destination country before traveling.

It is also worth noting that UK passport holders no longer have the right to use the EU passport lanes at border control. They should use the lanes for third-country nationals instead.

Finally, it is important to keep your passport up to date, and ensure that you have at least 6 months left on it from the date of entry when traveling to most non-EU countries.

For further information please give one of the team a call on 01924 973470 or email us at

Information correct at time of publishing.


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