No-deal Brexit: How the UK’s passport rules could change

Brexit | analysis September 11 2018 12:01am The TimesBrexit Is there light at the end of the tunnel?Oliver Wright Policy Editor

Brexit | analysis September 11 2018 12:01am The TimesBrexit Is there light at the end of the tunnel?Oliver Wright Policy Editor

United Kingdom driving licences may no longer be valid on their own to drive in the European Union if there is a no-deal Brexit, the Government has warned.

March 29, 2019 could be the deadline for drivers to use a United Kingdom driving license in countries like Spain.

Obtaining an IDP is a current standard requirement for drivers in some cases when travelling by vehicle outside of Europe.

A document released by the Department for Transport (DfT) states that your driving licence could "no longer be valid by itself when driving in the EU" and that an International Driving Permit (IDP) might be required at all times.

However, if there is no deal, then British passport holders will be considered "third country" nationals, and will therefore have to comply with different rules.

According to the Schengen Border Code, third country passports must have been issued within the last ten years on the date of arrival in a Schengen country, and have at least three months validity remaining on the date of intended departure from the last country visited in the Schengen area.

Because non-Schengen nationals can remain in the area for 90 days, passport checks may actually require at least six months' validity on the date of arrival.

The document admits that a no-deal Brexit is an unlikely scenario "given the mutual interests of the United Kingdom and the European Union in securing a negotiated outcome" but says that millions of motorists need to be aware of the potential new rules as a precaution.

'If your passport does not meet these criteria, you may be denied entry to any of the Schengen area countries, and you should renew your passport before you travel'.

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