No-deal Brexit: How the UK’s passport rules could change

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 14, 2018

Britain will today publish a second batch of "no deal" Brexit advice papers.

Obtaining an IDP is a current standard requirement for drivers in some cases when travelling by auto outside of Europe.

March 29, 2019 could be the deadline for drivers to use a United Kingdom driving license in countries like Spain.

Most EU countries are signed up to the Schengen Agreement, which allows passport-free travel.

According to the Schengen Border Code, third country passports must have been issued within the last 10 years on the date of arrival, and have at least 3 months' validity remaining on the date of intended departure from the last country visited in the Schengen area.

Papers on driving licences, passports and phone bills are among the 30 or so technical notices that the government will release on Thursday, after the cabinet holds a special three-hour meeting to consider no-deal preparations in a discussion to be led by Brexit secretary, Dominic Raab.

Because non-Schengen nationals can remain in the area for 90 days, passport checks may actually require at least six months' validity on the date of arrival.

This happened in cases where passports were renewed before expiring, meaning the time left on the old travel document was added to the new one.

The document admits that a no-deal Brexit is an unlikely scenario "given the mutual interests of the United Kingdom and the European Union in securing a negotiated outcome" but says that millions of motorists need to be aware of the potential new rules as a precaution.

From the beginning of this month, extra validity is no longer being added to passports, with maximums now set at 10 years for adult documents and five for child passports.

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