The Passport Office has recently made changes to their renewal policy, which hasn’t been communicated via the mainstream media to passport holders. As of Monday 10th September 2018, the Passport Office announced that their renewal policy will no longer credit a new passport with any unexpired time from the previous passport. Previously, any ‘leftover’ time would automatically be added onto the expiration date of a new passport, meaning that you never lost any months of validity on your passport as it was always credited on your new passport.
1 MONTHS VALIDITY
Eritrea, Hong Kong, Macao, New Zealand, South Africa
3 MONTHS VALIDITY
Schengen Area countries, Georgia, Honduras, Iceland, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Moldova, Nauru, Panama, United Arab Emirates.
4 MONTHS VALIDITY
6 MONTHS VALIDITY
Afghanistan, Algeria, Bhutan, Botswana, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Comoros, Cote de’Ivoire, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Fiji, Guyana, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Kenya, Laos, Madagascar, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Lese, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam.
Be prepared before your trip and double-check that you have enough validity left on your passport before travelling to any of the above countries. If in doubt, check with your travel manager. Although the above changes won’t affect anyone for at least 9 years when your next renewal comes around, we can’t help but think how many people may be affected by lost months of validity when previously they wouldn’t have.
In the first episode of our exciting new webinar series, Travel Talks, Julie Hamstead-Wallis and Gavin Sanderson explore rebuilding traveller confidence in a post-pandemic, post-Brexit world.
We recently caught up with our colleagues and contacts at UK Border Force to learn what’s happening at British ports are airports, now that international travel is returning in earnest, and learn what this means for business travellers.
With business travel continuing to ramp up, organisations need to consider keeping track of the amount of time UK citizens spend within the Schengen Area. The Schengen Allowance permits non-EU citizens to visit the Schengen Area for a maximum period of 90 days within a rolling 180-day period.