Will my current passport be valid for travel to Europe after Brexit?
Existing red European passports issued to British citizens will continue to be valid for up to ten years (for an adult) from its original issue, or five years for a child.
British traveller’s passports must meet 2 requirements:
- Less than 10 years old on the day you enter the EU. Please check the date of issue on the passport.
- Valid for at least 3 months after the day you depart the EU. Bearing in mind the above the passport should not be more than 9 years 9 months by the time you depart EU.
This may differ for travel to and from countries that are in the EU but not in the Schengen area. Find out more here.
If you are unsure whether or not your passport is valid, you can use a tool from the UK Government to check its validity: https://www.gov.uk/check-a-passport-for-travel-to-europe
Travel to the Republic of Ireland from the UK is subject to separate Common Travel Area arrangements, which only requires photo ID as a valid travel document to travel between the countries..
Can EU citizens still travel to the UK with an ID Card?
What you need to enter the UK
If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen:
Irish citizens can continue to enter and live in the UK.
EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can travel to the UK for holidays or short trips without needing a visa. In other cases, find out if you need to apply for a visa to enter the UK.
You can cross the UK border using a valid passport which should be valid for the whole time you are in the UK.
EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can continue to use the automatic ePassport gates to pass through the border on arrival.
Since 1 October 2021 you cannot use an EU, EEA or Swiss national ID card to enter the UK unless you:
- have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man’s settlement schemes
- have an EU Settlement Scheme family permit, or the equivalent from Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man
- have a frontier worker permit
- are an S2 Healthcare Visitor
- are a Swiss national and have a Service Provider from Switzerland visa
In these cases, you can continue to use your national ID card to enter the UK until at least 31 December 2025.
If you’re waiting for a decision on your application for settled or pre-settled status:
You can still use your EEA or Swiss national identity card to enter the UK if all of the following are true:
- you’ve applied for settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man’s settlement schemes
- you’ve been issued with confirmation your application is valid
- you’re not applying as a joining family member
Other types of cards
British citizens can continue to use a Gibraltar identity card to travel to the UK.
Irish citizens can continue to use a passport card to travel to the UK.
You must have the correct documents to show at the UK border if you’re travelling to the UK. You cannot use any documents to enter the UK that are not listed here.
How can I renew my passport?
If your UK passports is 10 years old or over, or if it has less than three months validity for travel, you will need to renew it before you travel. The easiest and quickest way to renew your passport is to use one of the online services: https://www.gov.uk/apply-renew-passport
You should allow up to 10 weeks for your new passport when applying from the UK. Updated processing times for overseas applications will vary.