Every week our Holiday Hero Neil Simpson takes an in-depth look at an important holiday topic, doing all the legwork so you don’t have to. This week: New passport checks for long-awaited breaks.
The Greek and Spanish islands, the beaches of Portugal and the sunny streets of Malta and Gibraltar are all expected to be on the (very) short list of European destinations we can visit quarantine-free this summer.
While the details will be revealed by the Government early next month, check your passport now or your holiday hopes could still be dashed, because the EU has quietly toughened up its border rules.
New rules: Chania in Crete awaits but you may need a new blue UK passport to replace your old burgundy EU one
Until the end of 2020, the EU was happy with UK passports right up to their expiry date. Now it will accept them only if they have at least six months left to run and will reject any that are more than ten years old – a problem for people who have ‘extended-life’ passports which can last up to ten years and nine months.
You can confirm if your passport is EU-ready on the ‘Check a Passport for Travel to Europe’ function at website gov…