The UK Home Office has warned British citizens to check their passports if they have any plans to travel to the EU zone after Friday, April 12, 2019.
The British government published a notice on its official website informing British citizens that for them to be able to travel to the EU after this week if Brexit happens without a deal, they may need to go for a renewal of their passports.
According to the notice, travelers must have up to six months left before their passports expire. Failure to renew one's passport will deny them entry into most EU countries as well as Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein.
The notice further revealed that the process of renewing a passport takes 3 weeks. It, however, informed UK nationals that these new passport and travel rules are not valid for travelers going to Ireland because the two countries have an open border agreement.
There are documents Brits should have before coming to an EU border control point. The Home Office lists them as:
- Proof of financial means to fund their stay in the EU
- Proof of having a return or onward trip
- Document showing health insurance that is applicable in the EU
Again, it reminds British citizens that they will be affected by so many other changes upon the 12th of April, one of which will be that Brits will no longer use same lanes as citizens of Switzerland, the EU, and EEA.
New Passports are in Circulation for Brits
With the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, Her Majesty's Passport Office has begun issuing new passports without the inscription of “European Union” at the top, as has been the case before now. Anti-Brexiters have responded to this development, assessing it like a rash.
Some of them have used their Twitter handles to question Her Majesty's Passport Office, demanding why they were circulating such passports when Brexit was yet to happen.
The EU has agreed that UK citizens
will be allowed into the EU territory for short stays without a visa if there happens to be a no-deal Brexit. This visa-waiver is however conditional. The EU demands a reciprocation of this waiver for EU citizens coming to the UK before the rule can become valid.
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