The Ministry of Foreign Affairs finally changed his advice passport validity for a trip to the EU after dozens of airline passengers mistakenly said they could not fly.

Officials have changed the wording of travel tips to bring them in line with European Commission.

It comes after The Independent reported the plight of passengers mistakenly rejected during check-in by airlines due to non-compliance.

The advice for Spain has been changed to inform travelers from the UK, their passport must be:

  • Issued less than 10 years before the date of entry (check “date of issue”)
  • Valid for at least three months after the day you plan to leave (check “expiration date”)

It is expected that in the near future will be updated tips on France, Italy and other areas of the EU and the Schengen region.

Earlier, the FCDO’s travel recommendations for the European Union and the Schengen area included a misleading statement: “For some countries, a Schengen passport may require your passport to be less than 10 years throughout your visit and three months at the end of your visit 10 years from the date of issuance of your passport.

The Independent made its own inquiries and received official confirmation from the European Commission last November.

On November 10, 2021, the correspondence was forwarded to the Foreign Ministry with a request to “assure that all communications from the British government recognize the correct position of the European Union.”

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: “The FCDO’s travel advice is constantly reviewed to ensure that British travelers are aware of the risks and have accurate information to help plan their trip.

“We welcome the fact that the European Commission is now updating its guidelines on their rules, which affect some UK passports.”

The ambivalence of the position of the British government has caused widespread confusion and frustration.

It also put extra pressure on HM Passport tablemoreover, many travelers are looking for previous updates of passports that were completely valid for trips to Europe.

Airlines such as easyJet and Ryanair have previously used Foreign Ministry travel advice as a reason to deny boarding to passengers who were fully entitled to travel. All major airlines are now compliant with European Commission rules; Ryanair was the last in line.

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