There are two rule changes of which citizens should be aware, according to the Home Office.
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The new validity rules for UK passport-holders will apply for trips to all other countries in the European Economic Area – with the exception of Ireland – as well as Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and Switzerland.
The planned deadline for leaving the EU of 31 October is just over six weeks away. Given that “it will normally take up to three weeks to renew a passport… [and] may take longer if more information is needed”, the government is advising those with imminent European travel plans to check whether they need to take action as a matter of urgency.
“The texts will be sent to those who provided their mobile number when they applied for their current passport,” the Home Office said. “Not everyone provides a mobile number, and contact details may have changed, so even those who do not receive a message should check their passport.”
The department added: “Other advice to people travelling to Europe after Brexit includes getting travel insurance so they are covered for healthcare, making sure they have the right driving documents and getting a health certificate for their pet.”