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WantRapunzelLocks Tue 12-Mar-19 20:28:39

Anyone else worried that they won't be able to travel on their current passport? I'm going away in April and in May and all this passport talk is confusing me.

Anyone else traveling and in the same boat?

GeorgieTheGorgeousGoat Tue 12-Mar-19 20:29:32

What exactly are you worried about your passport? Is it close to expiring?

WantRapunzelLocks Tue 12-Mar-19 20:31:50

My sons expires May '20.
Mine expires Oct 20.
But I've read that you need 15 months on your passport depending on where your travelling.

I don't want to leave it too late if I have to renew. Likewise I don't want to renew if I don't have to!

Windingstreams Tue 12-Mar-19 20:32:53

You will need 6 months if we exit in March. No idea where 15 months has come from. Just look at the government website that’s been specifically set up.

Princessmushroom Tue 12-Mar-19 20:33:04

Literally google it. You need 6 months on it for America

KitKat1985 Tue 12-Mar-19 20:36:55

Princessmushroom - Actually for the USA your passport just needs to be valid for the duration of your trip:

www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa/entry-requirements

OP look at the government website and look up the countries you are travelling to. It will tell you there how long you will need to have on your passport for various countries.

www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-brexit

GeorgieTheGorgeousGoat Tue 12-Mar-19 20:37:02

Ok the 15 months has come from those who have had nine months added on to their passport from the previous one and so it’s a 10ur 9mth passport. The maximum amount a passport can be issued from, to allow travel is 9yr 6m.

They are no longer allowing that 9 months so 9m plus 6m = 15m you have read.

Crap explaining sorry! But you should read whole articles if you don’t want to get confused.

NannyR Tue 12-Mar-19 20:37:32

Best thing to do is to check the foreign office travel advice for the country you are visiting. The entry requirements for each country are given, some require six months after your trip, some only require validity for your trip.

Numerodos Tue 12-Mar-19 20:38:04

There's a government website, you put your passport start date and expiry date, where you're travelling to and when, and it will tell you whether or not it will be valid.
I think the 15 month thing comes from passports with extra 9 months added on, that will no longer be recognised ( I think!)

legolimb Tue 12-Mar-19 20:39:36

I think you'll be fine.

Some countries ask for 6 months left others don't care.

caughtinanet Tue 12-Mar-19 20:39:50

When were the passports issued? That will tell you if you had any extra months added on at renewal, the complications are only for passports with months added on from the previous one.

The articles I've read really dont explain it well, it took me a while to work out what the issue is

kaytee87 Tue 12-Mar-19 20:40:16

The most any country I've heard of asking is for 6 months validity at the end of the trip.

Whynotnowbaby Tue 12-Mar-19 20:46:17

I had to renew mine which didn’t expire for over a year because I had an extra 9 months added because my previous passport didn’t expire - I just changed my name when I got married. As we live abroad and I travel back quite regularly to see family I was really stressed to get it done in the window between two trips (which only gave me 8 weeks in total) I have to say the passport office service is amazing - they processed my application within a day of receiving my old passport, informed me of every move my application made and the new one should now be on its way to me. I’m just keeping my fingers firmly crossed that the slightly idiosyncratic postal service here doesn’t then manage to make the final step in the process difficult!

MinesaPinot Tue 12-Mar-19 20:51:56

Whynotnowbaby Me and DH were in exactly the same position. Ours didn't expire until February 2020, but we added the unexpired when we moved house. We are going to Greece in June, and to the Med on a cruise in August, and both of our travel companies said that our passports would need to be renewed. We were a bit miffed but it is what it is. The Passport Office have been great, very quick. DH has got his back already, and I've had a text to say that mine is on its way.

Fluffyears Tue 12-Mar-19 20:53:12

So if I have the extra 9 months added am I grounded for 15 months? Or do I have renew early (again adding on the maximum 9 months)

TriciaH87 Tue 12-Mar-19 20:55:40

Were going france in june kids passports expire august 2020 were all good. Need 6 months on passport on return date. We may need a permit to drive over there but thats it.

WantRapunzelLocks Tue 12-Mar-19 20:56:18

I read the whole article, the one which was sent to me. It didn't mention about months added on. It just said depending on if we leave without a deal, and depending on the country your travelling too.

Mine was just a ten year passport, my sons a five year child's one. So it should be fine then?

dementedpixie Tue 12-Mar-19 20:58:50

So if I have the extra 9 months added am I grounded for 15 months? Or do I have renew early (again adding on the maximum 9 months)

Extra months are no longer added as that would make the passport valid for more than 10 years. You would have to renew early and would lose the extra months too

Fluffyunicorns Tue 12-Mar-19 20:59:44

Think if you renew now you wont get the extra 9 months. Thats a thing of the past! You need 6 months not including the 9 months extra to travel in Europe if we leave with no deal - I think we will all be OK this summer though as we will be in a state of limbo after they extend the leaving date

WantRapunzelLocks Tue 12-Mar-19 21:03:24

Mine was issued May 2010. Expires Oct 2020.

Does this mean i could have an issue?

legolimb Tue 12-Mar-19 21:04:43

Fluff you won't get a y extra months.

I just renewed mine which still had about 5 months left and I got exactly 10 years.

WantRapunzelLocks Tue 12-Mar-19 21:05:41

@caughtinanet your right, the articles don't explain it well at all.

caughtinanet Tue 12-Mar-19 21:07:07

Yes, you could have an issue, your six months left period will be Nov 19 as I understand it but as long as you are back by then I think you'll be OK but I'm not an expert

dementedpixie Tue 12-Mar-19 21:08:06

Mine was issued May 2010. Expires Oct 2020

Yes probably as it should be only valid until May 2020. You will need to renew early if you plan to travel in 2020

LoudBatPerson Tue 12-Mar-19 21:08:48

This should answer your questions if you are travelling within E.U. https://www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport

WantRapunzelLocks Tue 12-Mar-19 21:09:42

Ok so my holidays in April and May this year should be fine then. Christ, would be easier to stay home

DownRightAmazing Tue 12-Mar-19 21:10:49

The articles might not explain it well but the government website does. This took https://www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport is all you need - you put in your passport details and which country you are travelling to and it will tell you if you are ok (which from the sound of it you are). We might well delay until after May anyway so probably a moot point for you.

dementedpixie Tue 12-Mar-19 21:12:32

I've done 3 renewals this week as they expire this year (July, September and October). Hope they don't take too long. They were all done online with uploaded photos from my phone

Fatted Tue 12-Mar-19 21:17:13

Urgh. Mine had extra months added on because I renewed early. Need to renew mine next year now. hmm

WantRapunzelLocks Tue 12-Mar-19 21:18:59

@DownRightAmazing fab! I used that and it says I'm fine

DownRightAmazing Tue 12-Mar-19 21:20:03

Great! Enjoy your hols 😘

Fluffyears Tue 12-Mar-19 21:25:12

Ah so I can renew early but won’t get the extra months added. What a faff!

scaryteacher Tue 12-Mar-19 22:48:40

According to the draft legislation , the EU states three months needed from the date you leave the member state.

The entry checks on UK nationals will include verification of:
- the possession of a valid travel document for crossing the border; *the document needs to have a validity of no more than ten years, and shall be still valid for three months after the intended departure from the Member States*;
Please note that UK national passports issued prior to the withdrawal date remain valid travel documents.
- the duration of the stay:
- for short stays in the Schengen area, UK nationals will be subject to limitations as regards the authorised duration of stay within the Schengen area (with a maximum of 90 days in a 180-day period);
- for long stays, they will in principle require a residence permit or long stay visa issued by national authorities, under the national rules;
- relevant databases with a view to verify:
- the identity and the nationality of the third-country national and of the authenticity and validity of the travel document for crossing the border,

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