Holidaymakers with an upcoming trip booked are being urged to check the expiry dates on their passports before travelling.

That's because a major Brexit update means you must have a passport issued in the last 10 years in order to gain entry into Europe.

When UK left the EU last year, a new blue passport design with the lettering 'BRITISH PASSPORT' replaced the original red which is slowly being phased out.

Under new Brexit terms, you could be denied travel even if you have a year left on your passport because additional months on old versions are no longer valid.

This could reduce the validity time by several months without people being aware.

Travel expert Simon Calder told BBC Radio 4 said: "It all goes back to Brexit. If you remember before that when we were in the European Union all the way up to the transition period it was really straightforward.

"If you had a British passport, you could go to the EU and stay in any of those countries up to and including the expiry date.

"But now, your passport has to meet two conditions which the European Union has long had in place for third countries, which is what we are now."

Holidaymakers with an upcoming trip booked are being urged to check passports

The conditions are that a passport needs to be valid for at least three months after the date you intend to leave the EU, and it has to have been issued within the last 10 years.

Up until September 2018, the policy for passports gave individuals credit for unspent time when renewing their passports which was typically up to 10 years and nine months.

Simon added: “So you could have a passport issued in 2011 that may not expire until 2022, but then the rule kicked in and for the EU any non-members passports are deemed to have expired after 10 years.”

The government advises you check your passport is valid before you travel abroad.

Since 2020, those renewing or applying for a new passport has been issued the new, blue design.

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