British passport expiration warning with old red version
A travel agent has issued a stern warning to Britons who still have old red passports.
Red colored passports are now only valid for exactly 10 years, regardless of the additional months indicated.
A statement from Hays Travel Plympton called the issue “significant passport update changes.”
The statement read: “Due to changes in validity since you left Europe, your passport is now only valid for 10 years from the date of issue on your passport.
“If your passport was issued before the UK left the EU with extra months, those extra months are no longer valid.”
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The statement, shared on social networks, continues: “Example: passport issue date June 21, 2012, passport expiration date December 21, 2022.
“Your passport expiration date is now June 21, 2022.
“Most EU countries require your passport to be valid for six months from the date you return from vacation, some countries it’s three months, which means the last date you could return to the example above would be December 21, 2021. “
The warning urged British holidaymakers to heed the advice and follow all steps to renew their passports if they need to.
It comes as the latest changes to the international traffic light system were announced this week, which saw Canada and Denmark among seven countries to be greenlisted.
Thailand and Montenegro will be added to the red list, requiring travelers to enter a quarantine hotel upon return, with the changes due to go into effect at 4 a.m. on Monday, August 30.