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Milo Boyd & Neil Shaw

Warning to anyone with red UK passport over little-known European rule

Holidaymakers planning a trip to Europe this year have been warned of a little-known post-Brexit rule passport that could ruin your plans. Anyone with a British passport must now follow the Schengen area requirements for trips to any EU country except Ireland.

The rule also covers travel to non-EU countries Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City, reports The Mirror.

The rules state that passports should be valid for at least three months after the day travellers plan to leave AND must have been issued less than 10 years before the date you enter the country.

Many travellers have been caught out because they think their passports are valid because they are not due to expire for some time. If you turn up at an airport with an invalid passport you may be denied entry to EU countries.

You can check your issue date in your passport, which will be written under the 'date of issue' headline. If your passport was issued before October 1, 2018, extra months may have been added to its expiry date, but these months will not be valid for people entering the EU.

It's also worth checking on the Foreign Office's website to making sure you meet the entry requirements of the destination country before booking your trip.

New visa arrangements for travel to EU countries are set to come into force later this year, adding a new charge to travel plans.

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