There is a lot of speculation around what will happen to our passports after Brexit.
We know that British passports are getting a post-Brexit make over – the first in 30 years.
The traditional burgundy passports and the ones most people have grown up with are being scrapped in favour of a glossy blue and gold cover in October 2019.
As well as changing the primary colour the new design will also ditch the European Union logo and replace it with the British coat of arms.
But what does that really mean for our passports? We answer all your main questions and tell you how to check if your passport will work after March 29.
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Will your passport work after March 29?
The rules for travel to most countries in Europe change if the UK leaves the European Union (EU) with no deal.
After March 29 2019:
You should have at least 6 months left on your passport from your date of arrival. This applies to adult and child passports. If you renewed a passport before it expired, up to 9 extra months may have been added to your new passport’s expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the 6 months that should be remaining for travel to most countries in Europe.
The new rules will apply to passports issued by the UK, Gibraltar, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Jersey.
The online checker allows you to see if your passport will meet new rules for travel to Europe.
If you are concerned about your passport status and whether or not you will be able to travel to your destination there is a way of checking you are eligible.
A Home Office spokesperson said:
“If there is no deal, new rules would apply when travelling on a British passport to many European countries. We recommend using the Goverment’s online passport checker to see if your passport will meet these new rules for travel to Europe.
“The vast majority of people will not need to renew their passport before 29 March. If you do need to renew your passport, we would always advise that you do this in good time ahead of your date of travel.”
You can access the online passport checker by clicking here.
You will need to know where you are travelling to, when you are going, your birthday, the expiry and the issue date of your passport.
When are the passports changing?
New passports will be glossy blue and gold cover in October 2019
The date for your diary is October 2019. Despite Brexit happening on March 29, 2019 the current contract for passports doesn’t run out until october.
Burgundy passports will continue to be issued between March and October but without the EU markings.
The new blue and gold design will then be issued to people renewing or applying for a new passport.
What will be different in the new passport and how much will it cost?
Our passports have been burgundy since the 80s
Passports have been burgundy since the 1980s so it’s a big change.
Inside the passport will be a new picture page made of “super-strength plastic polycarbonate material that will be more difficult to alter”, the Home Office said.
Pages inside the new passports will include images from across the UK after Britain leaves the EU in 2019.
The cost of a standard first adult passport or renewal is currently £72.50, while passports for those under the age of 16 are £46.
Will I need a new passport after Brexit?
You won’t need a new passport until you are renewing it.
If you are renewing between March and October 2019 then you’ll still get a burgundy passport but from October 2019 new passports will be phased in when people are due renewals or ordering entirely new passports.
Blue was first used for the cover of the British passport in 1921, but the design changed in 1988 after the UK joined the European Economic Community and burgundy was chosen as the common colour.
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