Holidaymakers who plan to travel abroad should make sure that all vital documents are on-hand and ready to go.
But some may not realise that passports, which may appear to be valid, could still put your holiday at risk should they fail to meet certain requirements.
From the number of blank pages to the expiry date, an expert has issued a warning about some little-known rules that could catch travellers out.
“If you run out of blank passport pages you will have to renew your passport sooner than your renewal date,” he said.
“Some countries, such as Italy, require a fully blank visa page for valid entry, while others, such as South Africa require at least two. Be sure to check the requirements of your chosen destination before travelling so that you don’t get caught out.”
Another problem that the expert warned over is being caught out by fake websites which promise to provide ‘validation services’.
“There are a variety of websites that imitate official Government websites for passport applications,” Cody continued.
“These websites attempt to charge users £20 – £100 on top of the official passport fee, by offering additional ‘validation’ services. When applying for a new passport, be cautious of these types of websites, and be sure only to use trusted sources.”
The expert added that the Post Office’s Check & Send Service offers in-depth passport application guidance, from specially trained Postmasters.
One of the arguably most important checks to make is your passport’s validity after rules around UK passports for travel into the EU changed following Brexit.
“Not only should your passport be valid for your departure date, but many countries require your passport to be in date for at least six months after your arrival,” Cody said. “This remains true, even if you’re visiting for a day.”
Passports should be valid for at least three months after the day travellers plan to leave, and must also have been issued less than 10 years before the date you enter the country.
With that in mind, you should always check your passport’s issue date and expiry date before you book a holiday so that you don’t find yourself in a rush to renew.
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