09.Dec .2020 10:30

British travellers could be banned from entering the EU unless they pay to renew their passport

British travellers could be banned from entering the EU unless they pay to renew their passport
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Millions of British travellers could find themselves soon unable to enter EU countries unless they renew their passports asap. Under new rules set to be imposed at the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31, those heading out to European destinations will need at least six months left on their travel documents, - Manchester Evening News reports.

According to Manchester Evening News, until January 1, 2021, UK passport holders can continue to travel to Europe with their passport until it expires.

However, the new rules also state that a passport must be no more than 9.5 years old - or it will need to be renewed before travelling.

British residents have previously been able to travel freely in the EU member states and Schengen area countries so long as they held a valid passport. There was no limit on the amount of time remaining on their documents.

The new rules will be applicable when entering a total of 34 countries.

The new passport rules will apply to travel from the UK to the following countries:

1. Andorra
2. Austria
3. Belgium
4. Bulgaria
5. Croatia
6. Cyprus
7. Czech Republic
8. Denmark
9. Estonia
10. Finland
11. France
12. Germany
13. Greece
14. Hungary
15. Iceland
16. Italy
17. Latvia
18. Liechtenstein
19. Lithuania
20. Luxembourg
21. Malta
22. Monaco
23. Netherlands
24. Norway
25. Poland
26. Portugal
27. Romania
28. San Marino
29. Slovakia
30. Slovenia
31. Spain
32. Sweden
33. Switzerland
34. Vatican City