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Chaos Affected by Post-Brexit Passports: 2.4 Million British Are Excluded from Europe

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As the Easter vacation rush gets underway, millions of British tourists are unable to enter the EU because of new passport requirements resulting from Brexit, which causes mayhem. An estimated 2.4 million people may experience travel problems because their passports do not comply with the new Brexit-mandated expiry restrictions.

Following the UK’s exit from the EU, British passports are subject to strict requirements, such as being issued no more than ten years before the date of departure and having a minimum three-month validity period beyond the intended date of return. But many passports that were granted before September 2018 have extended validity periods, thus they are not compliant with the new rules.

According to an analysis by The Independent, some 200 passengers are turned away at UK airports every day, and thousands more are expected to have similar difficulties during the Easter holiday. The state of affairs highlights the perplexity and annoyance resulting from the Brexit agreement’s effects on travel paperwork.

In contrast to their position as citizens of EU member states, Britons are currently categorized as “third country nationals,” subject to different expiry criteria. As a result, people are being turned away from European locations, such as trains, ferries, and airports, irrespective of their prior EU travel experience.

With an estimated 6.4 million visits planned from the UK to Europe, including 1.6 million journeys during the bank holiday weekend alone, the impact is amplified by the impending 17-day Easter holiday season. Many passengers have been taken by surprise by the unexpected implementation of passport regulations, leaving them frantically trying to salvage their vacation plans.

Ruth Wade was one such passenger who related her experience of being refused boarding for her son’s wedding because her passport was just a few days over the 10-year limit. Her story embodies the general dissatisfaction and financial burden placed on impacted people.

According to official data, the regulation change may have an effect on a significant number of passports issued in March 2014; around 2.4 million passports are at danger of non-compliance. The problem is made worse by airports all throughout the UK, including Edinburgh, Newcastle, and Bristol, which are ready for unprecedented Easter travel.

Airlines stress that travelers must follow immigration laws, but travel insurance companies won’t pay for damages caused by invalid passports. The ministry warns against planning travel without making sure all requirements are met and instead encourages passengers to renew their passports as soon as possible.

The consequences of the post-Brexit passport crisis cast a shadow over the Easter travel season, highlighting the intricacies and problems of Britain’s new relationship with the EU, as millions of Britons face uncertainty and interruptions to their holiday plans.

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