Brits warned to check passports before heading to Europe on holidays

Plenty of Brits are looking to book their 2023 holiday this month with great deals to Europe circulating.

However, those who plan to travel to an EU country this year must be aware of a little known passport rule.

If your documents do not fall within the regulations then you could be prevented from getting on your flight.

READ MORE: Three important travel rules to know for 2023 – including new EU entry fee

You must follow the Schengen area passport requirements if you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City.

Most of us know that your passport must have at least three months of validity left on it on the date you plan to leave.

Some EU countries require at least six months of validity left – so check the rules before you book.

But, you must also be aware that the passport should have been issued less than 10 years before you enter the EU, reports LiverpoolEcho.

If your passport was issued before October 1, 2018, extra months may have been added to its expiry date, but these months will not be valid for people entering the EU.

That means you could have three months left, but if it’s on a 10 and a half year old passport it is no longer valid.

If this is the case then you could be turned away at the airport.

You should always double check the entry requirements for any country you plan to travel to on the website.

If your passport is, or will be, valid for travel in 2023 then there are some cracking deals out there.

You can hop on a cheap flight thanks to the Ryanair and easyJet sales with prices from just £13.99 to Ireland, Spain, Italy and other gorgeous EU holiday destinations.

Alternatively, we’ve found some of the cheapest holidays in March or summer to hotspots like Spain, Portugal, Turkey and more.

Anyone looking to go somewhere a little different in 2023 could try Hungary's "fake Lake Como".

Balaton, in Hungary, is a hidden gem to rival the famous Italian lakes with hot weather, historical towns, plenty of watersports and some of the cheapest accommodation around.

You can book an Airbnb from a tiny £7pp per night.


  • Get 2023 holidays to Spain, Portugal, Turkey and Greece from £14pp per night

  • currently has Malta and Cyprus holidays from £95 – including flights

  • TUI has a huge sale on holidays from £236pp including Greece, Spain and Portugal

  • Ryanair selling summer flights to Spain, Greece, Italy, Portugal and more from £13.99

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