The Foreign Office has finally changed its advice on the value of passports upon arrival in the EU after dozens of airline passengers were falsely informed that they could not fly.

Officials have changed the wording of the travel advice to match the European Commission.

It comes later The Independent reported the plight of passengers who were turned away from check-in by airlines because of discrepancies.

Advice for Spain has been changed to let UK travelers know their passport must be:

  • Issued less than 10 years before your date of entry (check “issue date”)
  • Valid for at least three months after your intended travel date (check “expiry date”)

Advice on France, Italy and other EU destinations and the broader Schengen countries is expected to be updated shortly.

Previously, FCDO’s travel advice for European Union and Schengen Area countries included the misleading statement: “For some Schengen countries, your passport may need to be valid for less than a month. 10 years during your entire visit and three months at the end of your visit may be within 10 years from the date of issue of your passport. ”

The Independent made its own claims and received an official letter of confirmation from the European Commission last November.

On 10 November 2021, the letter was forwarded to the Foreign Office with a request to “ensure that all communications from the UK government recognize the precise location of the European Union”.

A spokesperson for the Foreign Office said: “FCDO’s travel advice is under constant review to ensure British travelers are aware of the risks and have the correct information to help plan their trip. their.

“We welcome that the European Commission is currently updating its guidance regarding its rules affecting certain UK passports.”

The contradiction in the UK government’s position has caused widespread confusion and anxiety.

It also puts additional pressure on the HM Passport Office, with many travelers seeking an early extension of a fully valid passport to travel to Europe.

Airlines such as easyJet and Ryanair have previously used the State Department’s travel advice as a basis to deny boarding to passengers who are fully entitled to travel. All major airlines now comply with the European Commission rules; Ryanair was the last in line.


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