You may already be aware that we are currently within the transition period following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. This means that the UK has a year to finalise negotiations and decide upon a withdrawal agreement with the EU.
Currently, there have not been any changes to the way in which we operate with the EU, however, this will end on the 1st January 2021 and changes will be made to the rules and regulations you must follow when travelling within the EU - this includes passports.
From the 1st January 2021, as a driver you will be required to have a passport that is younger than ten years and has at least six months left in order to travel to the majority of countries within Europe (this does not include Ireland).
If you are planning to travel to the EU from January 1st 2021 and your passport isn’t in-line with the new rules it is important that you apply for a new passport. It is likely that the process may take longer than usual due to both high demand and the impact of coronavirus so it is important that you are prepared early in order to receive your new passport on time. if it is an urgent request there is an option to apply to get a passport urgently.
If you require more information regarding the new passport requirements, please visit the Government website.