British holidaymakers planning on travelling immediately after Brexit must renew their passports this week, or risk being unable to leave the country.
As we've warned, earlier this year, if the UK leaves the EU without an agreement on 31 October 2019, some passports won't be accepted for travel to Schengen Area countries, such as Spain and Italy.
British travellers would be subject to existing rules for visitors from non-EU countries that require that passports to have been issued within the past 10 years and have at least six months' validity remaining on the day of travel.
Until recently, UK citizens who renewed their passport before it had expired had any remaining validity added to the validity of the new passport, up to a maximum of nine months.
But after a no-deal Brexit, any period beyond 10 years, will not be valid for travel to Schengen Area countries.
The Passport Office advises applicants that renewals can take up to three weeks, meaning that you must apply this week if you plan to travel immediately after Brexit.
If it needs more information about your application, it may take longer. And as more people rush to renew, the busier the Passport Office is likely to get.
However, the Home Office has said: 'HM Passport Office will have the appropriate resources in place to handle the extra renewal applications, in addition to its normal volumes.'
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