Travel within the EU during 2021, and onwards, is subject to new rules regarding passport validity. If you are planning a trip, we recommend you check the expiry date. You never know, you may need to apply for a renewal.
We are used to being able to travel right up to the passport expiry date. Going forward, we will need to have at least 6 months remaining under the new regulations in order to travel to most EU destinations (not including Ireland).
If you renewed your passport before 1 January 2021 and before the expiry date, you will notice that extra months may have been added to the normal 10 years. Travel after 1 January 2021 may not take these extra months into account when calculating the 6 months required to be remaining on your passport.
You will need to renew your passport before travelling if you do not have sufficient months remaining.
To check out whether you need to renew your passport before travelling to European destinations from January 2021 onwards, check out the Government passport checker tool.
The following countries are included when the new rules come into effect (including travel to and between for United Kingdom citizens).
The average turnaround time for a renewal is 3 weeks. However, we may see an increase in this time if there is an increase in demand. Current prices are £75.50 for a renewal (or replacement) for adults (16 years and over), or £49 for children if you apply online. If applying in paper format, you will need to pay £85 for adults / £58.50 for children. The latter format could take longer to process by the passport office.