When do red passports expire - as Brits warned they might be banned from 70 countries - see full list
A major change to the expiry date of passports puts the status of many people's holidays up in the air
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People looking forward to their summer vacation this year have been warned by the government to make sure they are legally allowed to enter the country they are travelling to - especially if they have the old-style and iconic burgundy red passport.
A groundbreaking change to how long a UK passport remains valid and the various different entry rules for countries worldwide means that you could be banned from going abroad, even if your passport is still yet to officially expire.
It has caused problems at airport terminals ever since Brexit was made official, with countries adopting a six or three-month expiry rule that means you must ensure your passport has a a certain amount of time left at the very least before boarding the big bird.
The change comes shortly after EasyJet announced that 1,700 flights were cancelled over the next three months, mostly from London Gatwick Airport.
But when do red passports expire, what is the new change and what are the 111 destinations that are affected? Here is everything you need to know.
When do red passports expire?
Thanks to a new ruling, passports can now only be valid for 10 years exactly which rules out any additional months on anyone's red passports.
Hays Travel has warned those who travel abroad with the 'old-style' passport - which were issued before the UK officially left the European Union - and said: "Important passport update changes: due to changes in validity since leaving Europe, your passport is now only valid for 10 years from the issue date on your passport. If your passport was issued prior to the UK leaving the EU with additional months on, those extra months are no longer valid.
"Example: passport issue date 21 June 2012, passport expiry date 21st December 2022 - your passport expiry date is now the 21 Jun 2022. Most countries in the EU require that your passport is valid for six months on the date of return from your holiday, some countries it’s three months, meaning the last date you could return on the above example would be the 21 December 2021."
You are advised to check your passport is valid before travelling abroad.
Full list of countries Brits with red passports could be banned from entering
According to VisaGuide.World, there are a total of 70 countries that Brits with red passports could be banned from entering and going on holiday to; see below:
Six-month rule countries
- Saudi Arabia
- Solomon Islands
- British Virgin Islands
- Sri Lanka
- Cayman Islands
- Marshall Islands
- Central African Republic
- Côte D’Ivoire
- United Arab Emirates
- El Salvador
- Papua New Guinea
- Equatorial Guinea
- Guinea Bissau
- Saint Lucia
Three-month rule countries
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- New Zealand
- North Macedonia