The International Workplace has lastly modified its recommendation on passport validity for journey to the EU after dozens of airline passengers have been wrongly instructed they couldn’t fly.
Officers have modified the wording of journey recommendation to convey it into line with the European Fee.
It comes after The Impartial reported the plight of passengers wrongly turned away at check-in by airways due to the discrepancy.
The recommendation for Spain has been modified to inform UK travellers their passport have to be:
- Issued lower than 10 years earlier than the date you enter the nation (test the “date of difficulty”)
- Legitimate for no less than three months after the day you intend to depart (test the “expiry date”)
Recommendation on France, Italy and different EU and wider Schengen locations is anticipated to be up to date shortly.
Beforehand the FCDO journey recommendation for international locations within the European Union and Schengen Space included the deceptive assertion: “For some Schengen international locations your passport might should be lower than 10 years previous throughout your entire go to, and the three months on the finish of your go to might should be inside 10 years of your passport’s difficulty date.”
The Impartial made its personal enquiries and acquired official affirmation correspondence from the European Fee final November.
On 10 November 2021, the correspondence was handed on to the International Workplace with a request “to make sure that all communications from the UK authorities recognise the proper European Union place”.
A International Workplace spokesperson mentioned: “FCDO journey recommendation is stored underneath fixed assessment to make sure British travellers are conscious of the dangers and have correct info to assist plan their journey.
“We welcome that the European Fee is now updating its steerage with regard to their guidelines affecting some UK passports”
The ambivalence within the UK authorities place has precipitated widespread confusion and misery.
It has additionally put additional stress on HM Passport Workplace, with many travellers searching for early renewal of passports that have been completely legitimate for journey to Europe.
Airways similar to easyJet and Ryanair beforehand used the International Workplace journey recommendation as grounds for denying boarding to passengers who have been completely entitled to journey. All the key airways are actually aligned with the European Fee guidelines; Ryanair was the final to fall into line.